"Left-Wing" Communism: An Infantile Disorder

"Left-Wing" Communism: An Infantile Disorder

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The Bolsheviks led the workers to power in the October Revolution of 1917. To ensure its survival, they grappled with the task of spreading the revolution beyond Russia.

"Left-Wing" Communism: An Infantile Disorder was written in 1920 to educate the newly-formed communist parties of the Third International, and to correct the ultra-left, sectarian trends that infected many of them. Inspired by the revolution and repelled by the betrayals of social democracy, these communists had not absorbed the real lessons of Bolshevism.

The majority of workers still looked to reformist parties, and needed to be won away from the influence of reformist leaders in these. The task was to win them over to the banner of revolutionary communism.

In this text, Lenin explains the methods and skillful tactics of the Bolshevik Party, which enabled them to win over a majority of the workers to their program. Without this strategic brilliance, there would have been no October Revolution.

The text features an introduction by Francesco Merli drawing out the essence of Lenin’s method. Understanding Lenin's method is essential for any revolutionary, and it provides the only way for the revolutionary party to lead the working class to the conquest of power and a compass to guide it through the transition to a socialist society. It shows that Lenin’s text should be read with the utmost diligence, given the consequences of not absorbing the lessons of Bolshevism.

124 pages.

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