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Soviet Ideology and Soviet Reforms

Soviet Ideology and Soviet Reforms MarxismLeninism has played an instrumental role in the achievementand consolidation of a hitherto unparalleled concentration of power bythe Communist Party of the Soviet Union. The key aspects of thisideology are 1 the concept of a Vanguard Party led by professionalrevolutionaries which possesses the true Marxist class consciousnessunattainable by the workers themselves and 2 Lenins distinctionbetween strategy and tactics. While the ultimate strategic goal is theworldwide overthrow of capitalism, the tactical steps by which this goalis to be achieved must continuously be adapted to the prevailingrequirements of time, place and circumstances. There is no indication,so far, that perestroika represents the abandonment of thestrategic goal of world revolution rather, it is one more tacticalresponse to the newest and most severe Soviet crisis. Like pastreforms, it is aimed at saving the power of the CommunistParty and the new class it has created. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Social Economics Emerald Publishing

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0306-8293
DOI
10.1108/03068299110001037
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Abstract

MarxismLeninism has played an instrumental role in the achievementand consolidation of a hitherto unparalleled concentration of power bythe Communist Party of the Soviet Union. The key aspects of thisideology are 1 the concept of a Vanguard Party led by professionalrevolutionaries which possesses the true Marxist class consciousnessunattainable by the workers themselves and 2 Lenins distinctionbetween strategy and tactics. While the ultimate strategic goal is theworldwide overthrow of capitalism, the tactical steps by which this goalis to be achieved must continuously be adapted to the prevailingrequirements of time, place and circumstances. There is no indication,so far, that perestroika represents the abandonment of thestrategic goal of world revolution rather, it is one more tacticalresponse to the newest and most severe Soviet crisis. Like pastreforms, it is aimed at saving the power of the CommunistParty and the new class it has created.

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International Journal of Social EconomicsEmerald Publishing

Published: May 1, 1991

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