restricted access What Lenin's Critics Got Right
Abstract

No regime identifying with Bolshevism has led, at any time or place, to anything that can be called "liberation." the contemporary left can gain a useful useful perspective by revisiting some of the major arguments once made by leftists on behalf of left-wing principles against Leninism. Some on the left and many on the right will find it disconcerting to recall to recall that the first anti-Bolshevik was a Marxist, Julius Martov. Although he was finally defeated by Bolshevism, and while, much as he tried, he could not save Marxism, his politics represented a plausible, intelligent, and humane left alternative to Leninism in Russia—on almost every issue.


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