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The Tasks of the Proletariat in the Present Revolution ('The April Theses')

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published in Pravda for April 7, 1917; read aloud by him twice on April 4, first to Bolsheviks and later to a joint meeting with Bolsheviks and Mensheviks

I. Lenin, V. (2016). The Tasks of the Proletariat in the Present Revolution ('The April Theses'). In I. Lenin, V. The April Theses. Verso, pp. 1-2

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We need revolutionary government, we need (for a certain transitional period) a state. This is what distinguishes us from the anarchists. The difference between the revolutionary Marxists and the anarchists is not only that the former stand for centralized, large-scale communist production, while the latter stand for disconnected small production. The difference between us precisely on the question of government, of the state, is that we are for, and the anarchists against, utilizing revolutionary forms of the state in a revolutionary way for the struggle for socialism.

—p.75 by V. I. Lenin 3 years, 5 months ago

We need revolutionary government, we need (for a certain transitional period) a state. This is what distinguishes us from the anarchists. The difference between the revolutionary Marxists and the anarchists is not only that the former stand for centralized, large-scale communist production, while the latter stand for disconnected small production. The difference between us precisely on the question of government, of the state, is that we are for, and the anarchists against, utilizing revolutionary forms of the state in a revolutionary way for the struggle for socialism.

—p.75 by V. I. Lenin 3 years, 5 months ago