|16||0001||I. CONCENTRATION OF PRODUCTION AND MONOPOLIES|
|31||0002||II. BANKS AND THEIR NEW ROLE|
|52||0003||III. FINANCE CAPITAL AND THE FINANCIAL OLIGARCHY|
|70||0004||IV. EXPORT OF CAPITAL|
|79||0005||V. DIVISION OF THE WORLD AMONG CAPITALIST ASSOCIATIONS|
|89||0006||VI. DIVISION OF THE WORLD AMONG THE GREAT POWERS|
|106||0007||VII. IMPERIALISM AS A SPECIAL STAGE OF CAPITALISM|
|121||0008||VIII. PARASITISM AND DECAY OF CAPITALISM|
|132||0009||IX. CRITIQUE OF IMPERIALISM|
|147||0010||X. THE PLACE OF IMPERIALISM IN HISTORY|
|153||0011||The End of Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism|
eng First hand acquaintance with Leninism
A real masterpiece of its kind. This is how the world was seen hundred years ago. Concentrated to one sentence: "Monopolies, oligarchy, the striving for domination and not for freedom, the exploitation of an increasing number of small or weak nations by a handful of the richest or most powerful nations— all these have given birth to those distinctive characteristics of imperialism which compel us to define it as parasitic or decaying capitalism."
If not expressly mentioned this was also the view for the future, of the state of our world, hundred years later. Is this the truth now? Do we live the age of imperialism, age of parasitic, decaying capitalism? Fortunately not. These words sound hollow propaganda now. The contrary development seems to have taken place. We have got rid of imperialism in the sense of Lenin's description as a vicious concentration of power with the main aim of oppression and blood sucking of colonies. In stead, we have globalization without one-sided expropriation of the weak. Or do we? At least we do not see free competition as an evident source of monopolization as did Lenin. On the contrary, free competition, as extensive as possible, is seen as the guarantee against monopoly. Highly developed means of communication, instant spreading of information, is in favor of moral responsibility and consciousness on grass-root level. Ruthless concentration of power has become practically impossible.
So, Lenin was wrong. The strongest evidence against him was the fall of the Soviet Empire, built on the fundament of the soft ideological porridge of his ideas.
Right or wrong, four stars for the strong-handed argumentation.