Lenin and the Revolutionary Party by Paul Le BlancMoreover, this was not confined to the theoretical plane: Kautsky also played a leading role in the concrete political action carried out by the social democrats in Germany to prevent the proletariat of that country from following the revolutionary road opened up by the Russian working class. The Bolsheviks returned this assault blow for blow. Though still convalescing from the attack of 30 August which nearly cost him his life, footnote 2 Lenin replied at once to the first of these texts with The Proletarian Revolution and the Renegade Kautsky. Kautsky enjoyed great authority among socialists of all countries. In The Road to Power , he formulated three very important theses: 1. From , however, there began a revolution in Kautsky himself towards centrist positions, marked by a sharp polemic with Rosa Luxemburg.
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Lenin's contribution to showing how a revolutionary party should work is contained in the history of his activity, not in some abstract theory. This article presents.
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From International Socialism 1st series , No. For the achievement of a socialist revolution, a revolutionary party is needed because of the uneven levels of culture and consciousness in different groups of workers. If the working class were homogeneous ideologically, there would be no need for leadership. But the objective possibility of revolution will not wait until all reach a class-conscious intellectual level. Only the revolutionary party can utilise the revolutionary opportunity, given a class only partially aware of its revolutionary task.