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Was Lenin afraid of Marxist terms; was he afraid of Marxist works? e. in the spirit of a formula with its eye on the possibility of a coalition between a workers' party and a peasant party ... Only in 1917 did he (Lenin) realise that Trotsky had been correct back in 1905 when he predicted that the agrarian question could only be solved by the dictatorship of the proletariat and the socialisation of the Russian economy. (27) Lenin has long since refuted this interpretation of his political line in 1905 by showing that the problem of class alliances cannot be reduced to that of alliances between parties - which completely undermines Trotsky's objection that there could not be an independent peasant party: A 'coalition' of classes does not at all presuppose either the existence of any particular powerful party, or parties in general.

Means the establishment of the revolutionary-democratic dictatorship of the proletariat and the pea s a n t r y . ’ The task of this dictatorship is to accomplish ’the changes urgently and absolutely indispensable to the proletariat and the p e a s a n t r y ’, that is, the P a r t y ’s ’minimum p r o g r a m m e ’. ’But of c o u r s e ’, Lenin added, ’it will be a democratic, not a socialist dictatorship. ’ (7) What does Trotsky say on the subject? The very fact of the prolet a r i a t ’s representatives entering the government, not as powerless hostages, but as the leading force, 21 Chapter 2 destroys the borderline between maximum and minimum programme; that is to say, it places collectivism on the order of the day ...

China is a fragment of the international revolutionary movement and at the same time its principal Red base. The Chinese consider that S t a l i n 1s thesis that it is possible to construct socialism in one country is an important contribution to the development of Marxism-Leninism. Is any other proof necessary to show that adherence to this thesis does not imply opposition to world revolutions? PERMANENT REVOLUTION OR UNINTERRUPTED REVOLUTION BY STAGES? At a lecture and debate on the crisis of the international communist movement bringing together Pierre Cot, Lelio Basso, Isaac Deutscher and Jacques Verges, V e r g e s Ts reply to a listener who asked hi m about the Tpermanent revolution1 in China had the merit of infuriating 35 Chapter 2 Pierre Frank (67) who hurled himself towards the platform, his face purple, his eyes popping and foam on his lips.

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