M.N. asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 1 decade ago

What was Lenin’s definition of a State?

Hi this is a question for my Politics class.

to give you an idea here is the first question and answer:

1. What do we mean by the term a State?

A state is an independent, self governing political community whose governing institutions have the capability to make rules that are binding on the population residing within a particular territory.

please help, cant find the answer anywhere!!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    In "State and Revolution" from 1917 Lenin borrows Engel's idea from "The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State" of what a state is; "The state is a product and a manifestation of the irreconcilability of class antagonisms"

    That is, the state exists because of the irreconcilable nature of the various classes (notably the bourgeoisie and the proletariat); its raison d'etre is to maintain itself for the benefit of the bourgeoisie, and for the exploitation of the proletariat.

    Lenin believed that communism could only be achieved when communist revolutions, modelled on the October Revolution, had happened across the industrialised world. Then, he thought, class differences would be eliminated and workers would achieve "class consciousness", meaning that they would see that the differences between workers of all countries; the cultural, linguistic and religious, were a bourgeois construct, designed to keep them in an exploited condition.



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