Friday, September 30, 2011

The Marxist Student Union's Analysis of Lenin's "The Three Sources... of Marxism"


Tonight's meeting of the Marxist Student Union was a phenomenal display of Marxism in action. Two new comrades joined with the M.S.U. to discuss Lenin's "The Three Sources and Three Component Parts of Marxism." After a brief contextualizing of the text and its creator, the President led an insightful discussion that focused on the difference between dialectics and metaphysics. From there we went on to talk about how dialectical and historical materialism are foundational to proletarian class consciousness.

In short order one comrade asked the group how understandable or readable they thought the text was. Like seasoned revolutionary theorists, the comrades energetically criticized Lenin's article based upon their analysis of its content, rhetorical technique, and organization. More than one of us felt Lenin's jargon was off putting and another pointed out that the writer is never gives concrete examples and lacks specificity. Another felt that Lenin was a bad writer, a poor philosopher, and a terrible scientist, but a gifted compiler and condenser of Marxism. In the end, Lenin was praised as a brilliant organizer, not only of the Russian Revolution, but of this article in particular. The idea was also advanced that how Lenin organized his essay modeled Marxist analysis . Part I details the condition, II determines the cause, and III advances correct revolutionary action based upon sound analysis.

Near the end of our critical analysis, the V.P. pointed out one passage in particular that absolutely unifies every Marxist and irreconcilably separates Marxism not only from liberalism but also other revolutionary paradigms:

"Political institutions are a superstructure on the economic foundation."

The above concept is the surest litmus test for the existence and intensity of Marxism. Marxists know their enemy. Capitalism is the enemy of all working people and, it is Capitalism that we fight.

In Solidarity,

The University of Memphis Marxists

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