It is theoretical weekends here at Scission and today we take a look at the State, at the Bolsheviks, at Lenin, at Marx, at whatever happened to simply SMASHING THE STATE. Right off the bat, I will tell you there are some things in the post below which I disagree with. For example, I think Marx is let off the hook to easily. Marx's views of the state were confused, contradictory and often just a plain mess. However, thought there are many things I consider incorrect in the post, there are some things that I like, and anyway, as you all know this space, this theoretical weekends space isn't reserved only for things with which I agree, but is reserved for things with which I find interesting and useful and worthwhile.
I would suggest, if you really want to dig into the whole question of Marx, Engels, Lenin, and all the rest of those folks, and how they viewed the State in more depth that you return to a work by an old comrade of mine, Tom Clark, since passed, (and with whom I eventually split with for a number of reason), and a work of his which was first published here entitled State and Counter Revolution. The easiest way to view it is by going to http://www.marxists.org/history/erol/ncm-1a/tom-clark/index.htm
The post below is from The Commune.
The State or Revolution
The differences between Marx and Lenin.