Lenin and the New Economic Policy
The New Economic Policy, initiated in 1921, was a response to a number of circumstances and forces, understood by the politicians of the time in mutually inconsistent ways. In this chapter, I shall be arguing that Lenin’s own views were to some extent internally inconsistent. Among the factors involved were: revolutionary emergency, ideological preconceptions, political tactics, and just harsh overriding necessity, all of which tended to interact. Thus it is extraordinary how often the most cogent ideological reasons are found for doing what must be done. It would be wrong to present a clear but superficial picture.
KeywordsEconomic Policy State Capitalism Class Struggle Retail Distribution Bank Socialism
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