@maxplanations I think Lenin was essentially 80% wrong, but this isn't a very analytic understanding of the situation. Russia was state at a particular node in the capitalist world-economy already. The revolution didn't change the mode of production, it overthrew the autocracy.
@maxplanations When the Bolsheviks took state power they carried out the task of constraining the class struggle; ending the revolutionary upheaval and suppressing the opposition in order to build the state.
@maxplanations This didn't "reimpose" capitalism, it simply prevented revolution from continuing to a point at which it could have actually broken away from the capitalist world-system.
@maxplanations The Bolsheviks, for their part, did all of this, but sincerely had no idea about the macro affect. They thought that by taking state power and constraining the class struggle they could eventually put themselves in a position to implement socialist transformation.
@maxplanations Unfortunately, they were all dead wrong, and the revolution was ended completely by Stalin who's only interest was to modernize the country within the world-system. When the world-system changed significantly enough to outmode that modernization the Soviet Union collapsed.
@maxplanations The result of the collapse was going back in many ways to where the Russian masses started in 1905 with Putin's oil peddling semi-parliamentary autocracy.

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