Australian Left Review

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The Leninist Party


Bernie Taft


The Leninist concept of the party is increasingly under discussion among revolutionaries. Many who had come to reject the need for a revolutionary political party are having a second look at the problem in the light of recent experiences in the economically advanced countries. As a reaction to Stalinist practices, to bureaucratic control and to manipulative methods many revolutionaries, especially among the young, have searched for more genuinely democratic processes, for direct control of the movement by its participants and for safe-guards against manipulation. In doing so they have often tended to discard parties and their structures altogether.



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