The Bolshevik Revolution in Russia was, in every meaningful sense, a Marxist revolution. A parallel state based on participatory workers’ organizations was led by a self-consciously revolutionary party to topple the existing state and erect a new one in its place. Indeed, Lenin acted on clear definitions from Marx about what constituted “the state”: “armed bodies of men,” that is to say, police, courts, prisons and the military. The Bolsheviks did not simply take the existing “armed bodies of men” and use them for their own purposes. Nor did the Communists of Eastern Europe. They destroyed existing institutions and replaced them with their own.
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[“They destroyed existing institutions and replaced them with their own.”
Nazi Germany also developed their parallel “armed bodies of men”, the SS. The SS had several components:
- Allgemeine SS (General SS)
- Waffen-SS (Armed SS)
- SS-Totenkopfverbände (Death’s Head Units)
- Gestapo (Secret State Police)
- Sicherheitsdienst (intelligence)
The defunding of the police doesn’t look so incredibly stupid now, does it?