• Michael Laxer

Lenin in the presidium of the First Congress of the Third International

Images of Lenin #2

V.I. Lenin in the presidium of the First Congress of the Third International, Moscow, March 1919


"The Paris Commune -- to which all who parade as Socialists pay lip service (for they know that the workers ardently and sincerely sympathize with though Commune) -- showed very clearly the historically conventional nature and limited value of the bourgeois parliamentary system and bourgeois democracy; institutions which, though highly progressive compared with medieval times, inevitably require a radical alteration in the era of proletarian revolution. It was Marx who best appraised the historical significance of the Commune. In his analysis, he revealed the exploiting nature of bourgeois democracy in the bourgeois parliamentary system under which the oppressed classes enjoy the right to decide once in several years which representative of the propertied classes shall “represent and suppress” ( ver- und zertreten ) the people in parliament." - Lenin, Thesis and Report on Bourgeois Democracy and the Dictatorship of the Proletariat given at the First Congress.


Today is the 151st anniversary of the proclamation of the Paris Commune.


This is the second in our new feature that will daily be looking at over 75 international Lenin photographs, sketches, sculptures, artworks and photographs from a Soviet archive of the early 1970s. Many of these are quite scarce and uncommon now and many are truly amazing works and pieces.


These are divided into art, Lenin centennial posters from 1970 and Lenin photographs.


We will share them with history and quotes where appropriate.


They will eventually all also be shared in three posts related to the major themes.

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