chapter  3
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Lenin — Who Cares?

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin died many years ago. Political scientist Alfred G. Meyer, in an anti-Leninist classic entitled Leninism, explained that “Leninism is a school within the Marxist movement that has manifested a degree of radicalism and unceasing activism matched only by that of Marx and Engels themselves.” Writing in 1957, when the Communist Bloc seemed very much intact and formidable, he added: “Lenin’s activity, however, seems much more dramatic and effective than that of the movement’s founders, partly because of his great successes.”1