The Leninist Conception of the Party: Myths and Realities
In recent years, Leninism has again become a reference point for some thinkers on the radical Left. This is cause for celebration after decades in which Lenin’s name was associated — unjustly — with the experiments known as “actually existing socialism” and the torments of Stalinism. Left out of this (relative) return to Lenin as a reference point, though, has been the question of the party. In Lenin’s work, this question is not only decisive but is also probably the most difficult to unravel, since it has given rise to so many myths and fantasies. This article contributes to the reopening of these debates.