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James, C. L. R. (Author). New Notion: Two Works by C. L. R. James. Oakland, CA, USA: PM Press, 2010. p 32. id=10370013&ppg=33 The whole debate about nationalization should be mercilessly swept aside with the brutality with which Lenin swept it aside,l Today, in 1947 , it is no more than a means, and, with bourgeois and Stalinists, a deliberate means of blinding the masses to the need for their own self­ mobilization. And Lenin was Lenin and Trotskyism was Bolshevism precisely because it was the ruthless enemy of all that imp eded this self mobiliz ation - .

It is lack of a finn guiding line from the leadership, the majority, around which differing tendencies can align themselves, that gener­ ates centrifugal tendencies. The responsibility for this lies entirely on Germain and those who think like him. And none of the crimes of Shachtman should prevent Germain being brought to book for the superficiality and falseness of his analysis of the Stalinist parties. E . THE NATURE OFTHE PARTY 1947 The self-mobilization of the masses is the dominating social and political feature of our age.

For Marx and Lenin, the regime transitional to socialism was the dictatorship of the prol­ etariat, the power of the working class, not the regime of national­ ized property. " The democratic republic with its opportunity for mass mobilizations, not bourgeois nationalization of property. This explains Lenin's merci­ less enmity to the bourgeois regulation of economic life as a whole "according to a certain general plan. " In fact, the leaders of the October Revolution specifically excluded confiscation of property from their immediate program.

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