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Posted November 19, 2013 at 6:31 AM via web

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I'm doing a comic strip with Lenin and Marx. What would their conversation look like? What might Marx say to Lenin and what would be Lenin's defence?

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durbanville | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 19, 2013 at 9:32 AM (Answer #1)

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Karl Marx, the "father" of Communism had, what some called, a "scientific" approach to a socialist problem. He expected his "Communist Manifesto" to establish itself in developed countries with capitalist structures and developed economies. Therefore, the first problem with implementing his ideal in Russia was that Russia was a largely agricultural country, with peasant farmers and a sluggish economy. The working classes in Russia were uneducated and mostly unable to drive the revolt, something Marx would not have envisioned as he thought that there would be a spontaneous reaction by the working classes and a new-found "class consciousness" which would be sufficient to ensure success. 

Lenin then adapted Marxism to suit what he thought would work in Russia where the working classes needed guidance and a political party to release them from the capitalist mindset in order to spark a revolution. However, rather than doing what was best for the working classes, the Communist Party assumed control of what they thought was best which led the people from one failed system of government straight into another one. Lenin's direct approach and dislike of petty drama and "quibbling," he thought would be enough. Lenin was the first president of the new regime.  

A comic strip then could possibly involve Marx's ideal and Marx mocking Lenin for making presumptions about his version of Marx's philosophy. 

Marx: Well then, Mr President....this is a "fine" mess you've made. 

Lenin: But it should have worked...what with all my research! 

Marx: Don't you know that I'm the father of Communism so you're plan of assuming the father-figure and suggesting that 'Daddy knows best' was never gonna work on a bunch of peasant farmers. 

You could end here or to continue...

Lenin: All this "quibbling" will solve nothing. Words are never enough; I learned that from you. Real freedom comes from action.

This will hopefully help you to formulate something.  

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