Lenin’s utopian moment

Our grandchildren will examine the documents and other relics of the epoch of the capitalist system with amazement. It will be difficult for them to picture to themselves how the trade in articles of primary necessity could remain in private hands, how factories could belong to individuals, how some men could exploit others, how it was possible for those who did not work to exist.

Lenin, Collected Works, volume 29, p. 33o

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3 thoughts on “Lenin’s utopian moment

  1. Unlike Mr Cave, Lenin was an incurable optimist. The next line is: ‘Up to now the story of what our children would see in the future has sounded like a fairy-tale; but today, comrades, you clearly see that the edifice of socialist society, of which we have laid the foundations, is not a utopia. Our children will build this edifice with even greater zeal.” (Stormy applause.)’

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