• Michael Laxer

Lenin speaks at the 2nd Congress of the Comintern, July 1920

Images of Lenin #45

Lenin speaking at a sitting of the 2nd Congress of the Comintern in Uritsky Palace, July 19, 1920, Petrograd. -- Images of Lenin #45


Imperialism’s economic relations constitute the core of the entire international situation as it now exists. Throughout the twentieth century, this new, highest and final stage of capitalism has fully taken shape. Of course, you all know that the enormous dimensions that capital has reached are the most characteristic and essential feature of imperialism. The place of free competition has been taken by huge monopolies. An insignificant number of capitalists have, in some cases, been able to concentrate in their hands entire branches of industry; these have passed into the hands of combines, cartels, syndicates and trusts, not infrequently of an international nature. Thus, entire branches of industry, not only in single countries, but all over the world, have been taken over by monopolists in the field of finance, property rights, and partly of production. This has formed the basis for the unprecedented domination exercised by an insignificant number of very big banks, financial tycoons, financial magnates who have, in fact, transformed even the freest republics into financial monarchies. -- excerpt from Lenin's speech, Report On The International Situation And The Fundamental Tasks Of The Communist International, July 19 1920


This is the forty-fifth in our new daily feature that will 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.


The first of these is: Lenin centennial posters from around the world, 1970 (theleftchapter.com)

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