” You cannot make a socialist revolution without really trying. “


” And you cannot have a socialist revolution commandeered from the top, ordered around by some omniscient leader or group of leaders. “


” The only conclusion you can draw from the real historical movement is that by and large, in day-to-day life, what Lenin called trade union consciousness dominates the working class. I would call it elementary class consciousness of the working class. “


” The conclusion you can draw from these characteristics is that you have an uneven development of class activity and an uneven development of class consciousness in the working class. “


” You can have relatively high levels of class consciousness with a lower level of class militancy than one would have expected. “


” You need a vanguard organization in order to overcome the dangerous potential brought about by the uneven development of class militancy and class consciousness. “


” Only under conditions of revolutionary crises do you have the highest level of self-organization, this is the Soviet type of organization, which is to say, workers’ councils, people’s councils, call them what you want, popular committees. “


” On the contrary, history generally confirms that the more conscious and the better you are organized in vanguard organizations, the more constructively you operate in the mass organizations of the working class. “


” The more workers you have in your organization, the better you are implanted in the working class, the more likely you are to come up with the concrete problems of the class. “



All 9 Ernest Mandel Quotes about You in picture


You cannot make a socialist revolution without really trying.
And you cannot have a socialist revolution commandeered from the top, ordered around by some omniscient leader or group of leaders.


The only conclusion you can draw from the real historical movement is that by and large, in day-to-day life, what Lenin called trade union consciousness dominates the working class. I would call it elementary class consciousness of the working class.
The conclusion you can draw from these characteristics is that you have an uneven development of class activity and an uneven development of class consciousness in the working class.
You can have relatively high levels of class consciousness with a lower level of class militancy than one would have expected.
You need a vanguard organization in order to overcome the dangerous potential brought about by the uneven development of class militancy and class consciousness.
Only under conditions of revolutionary crises do you have the highest level of self-organization, this is the Soviet type of organization, which is to say, workers
On the contrary, history generally confirms that the more conscious and the better you are organized in vanguard organizations, the more constructively you operate in the mass organizations of the working class.
The more workers you have in your organization, the better you are implanted in the working class, the more likely you are to come up with the concrete problems of the class.
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