State and Revolution. V. I. Lenin

This revolutionary pamphlet was written by Lenin in August and September 1917, that is between the two revolutions in Russia. (The February uprising which led to the abdication of the Tsar and the October coup led by the Bolsheviks against the provisional government).  Lenin is a theoretician of the Revolution. The book is both theoretical and a ‘manual for the revolution’ at the same time. Lenin draws on Engels and Marx and is at pains to explain that he is offering the “pure” and correct interpretation of Marxism; against various “vulgar” interpretations which are used to justify “opportunism”. Opportunism is Lenin’s word for those who believed in parliamentary road to socialism. In this there is a certain element of religious fanaticism; only we (the Bolsheviks) are the true carriers of the faith. Of course; for Lenin, Marxism was not a faith but a theory which was based on concrete analysis of historical events which had been carried out by Marx with “the accuracy of observation characterising the natural sciences”.

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“We need a new government in xxx”

David Cameron explaining how he personally saved thousands of asylum seekers:

That’s why I sent the Royal Navy to the Mediterranean and saved thousands of lives. That’s why Britain meets our commitment of 0.7 percent of our economy spent on aid, much of which goes to North Africa, goes to the Middle East to help those countries [1]

And explaining that Libya needs a new government:

But, as I also said yesterday, there isn’t a solution to this problem that is simply about taking people. We need a comprehensive solution; a new government in Libya, we need to deal with the problems in Syria. [1]

But – I thought this line about “we need a new government in Libya” was the one they used before they toppled (and butchered) their erstwhile ally Gaddafi? And – wasn’t it Gaddafi who warned that getting rid of him would cause a flood of people to cross the Mediterranean? Which turned out to be a correct prediction.

How many times will they try this “new government” solution until they finally admit what is blindingly obvious for everyone else to see – that it causes civil breakdown and chaos?

One reason why this keeps happening is that US arms companies