Trotskyist Zealots & Stalinist Neanderthals
'The Seeds of Evil: Lenin & the Origins of Bolshevik Elitism,' by Robin Blick, Ferrington Press. 31-35 Gt. Ormond Street, London WC1. £5.
The front cover of this book shows a Russian doll. The top one is Stalin, underneath is Lenin and underneath Lenin is Robespierre, the Jacobin dictator who ruled France briefly in 1794. The theme of the book is that Lenin's elitist view that the workers needed to be led, and then ruled, by a vanguard party of professional revolutionaries had nothing in common with Marx's theory of the democratic self-emancipation of the working class, but derived ultimately from an organisational form developed to further the bourgeois minority revolution in France.