In a scintillating lecture on the 1905 revolution, Lenin offers his usually genteel assessment of none other than Max Weber:

The bourgeoisie likes to describe the Moscow uprising as something artificial, and to treat it with ridicule. For instance, in German so-called “scientific” literature, Herr Professor Max Weber, in his lengthy survey of Russia’s political development, refers to the Moscow uprising as a “putsch”. “The Lenin group,” says this “highly learned” Herr Professor, “and a section of the Socialist Revolutionaries had long prepared for this senseless uprising.”

To properly assess this piece of professorial wisdom of the cowardly bourgeoisie, one need only recall the strike statistics …

Collected Works, vol 23, pp. 250-1.

Needless to say, Lenin too found academics a bunch of wankers.

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