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Apr. 10th, 2005 @ 05:15 pm Some calrification.
Okay, I am sick and tired of people confusing this:

and his form of communism, with THIS:

Blasphemic Garbage.

V.I. Lenin is the most misunderstood leader of the 20th century. Why, you ask? American society still associates everything related to the USSR as evil, vile scum. WAKE UP! There is good in everything; Lenin had a much different vision for Russia than his successor. I think Lenin came closer than anyone else in regards to formation of the ideal Communist nation. Thanks a lot, Stalin. Vladimir Lenin's name will always be tarnished, because of you.


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From:garthnak
Date:June 5th, 2005 09:50 am (UTC)
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Lenin was more of a compromiser than Stalin was. He attempted collectivised farming during the war, and when it didn't work (it caused famine and the starvation of millions), he went "Oh shit!" and re-instated private farming under the New Economic Plan (NEP). Stalin was a much stauncher Communist, and when he re-instated collectivisation of farming (abolishing the NEP), he kept it that way - and millions of people again died of starvation. Oops.

Lenin was only superior to Stalin in that he recognized a very few of the faults of Communism. He did not, however, get the big picture - that Communism itself is not realizable, and only the free market with private property can effectively distribute goods because of the discovery process built into the price structure. Central planning always, always, always causes surpluses in one industry and shortages in another (or, often, shortages in all industries) because it has no actual way of knowing how much to produce of what, and its only means of production is effectively technocracy and slavery. Stalin just showed us that by implementing Communism in a much more serious way than Lenin did.

Don't make the mistake of thinking that just because Lenin was "better" than Stalin that he was actually "good". Marxist-Leninism is only slightly less flawed than Stalinism when it comes down to tallying up the bodies and human misery.