from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The theory and practice of proletarian revolution as developed by Lenin.
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- n. The political philosophy named after Vladimir Lenin that is characterized by the theory of imperialism and the theory of the revolutionary party.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- proper n. a form of communism based on the writings of Marx and Lenin; called also Marxism-Leninism.
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- n. the political and economic theories of Lenin which provided the guiding doctrine of the Soviet Union; the modification of Marxism by Lenin stressed that imperialism is the highest form of capitalism (which shifts the struggle from developed to underdeveloped countries)
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As for his insinuations at my expense, one thing should be said: given the conditions and atmosphere of the Cold War, there has come into being in America such a phenomenon as Red-baiting with a liberal slant, and Howe's attempt to stick me with the term Leninism ” a term so obviously opprobrious in his eyes ” is an example of it.
Here is the aptly named for present purposes redsquirrelfaction on this question, explaining perfectly why I used the word Leninism to describe today's American right:
Citing Whittaker Chambers, the Communist-turned-informer, Reagan asserted that Marxism-Leninism is "the second oldest religious faith," first proclaimed by the serpent in the Garden of Eden when he tempted Adam and Eve to disobey God. [
This science of Marxism-Leninism, which is expounded in the books as evidence had its origin over a century ago with two great political thinkers, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels.
Qutb the father of the modern movement drew heavily on on Western radical thought, his belief system has been described as Leninism in Islamist dress.
Outb the father of the modern movement drew heavily on on Western radical thought, his belief system has been described as Leninism in Islamist dress.
Bertram D. Wolfe's essay on "Leninism," to cite a single example, contains several pages on the development of Marx's thought, followed by a detailed examination of the kind of operations which Lenin made on that thought.
But hidebound political science degree-holder that I am which explains why I can only teach English for a living, the word "Leninism" still conjures up images of cloth caps, pointy beards and bad art, and I just can't apply the word to Mormons, Nazis and Chinese Nationalists.
"Leninism" in effect becomes what the current leaders want it to be—transformation of Marxism itself....
How does one set about establishing the intellectual origins of the doctrine which has come to be known as 'Leninism'?