Lenin like Marx understood that for a socialist transformation of society to succeed it needed to be international and specifically it needed to occur in the advanced capitalist democracies of Europe and Britain. After the Soviet revolution and after the death of Lenin, Joe Stalin adopted a policy of socialism in one country partly as a consequence of the reality that the revolution had failed to spread to Western Europe after the First World War but also as an ideological position. I think the historic evidence shows us that under such hostile conditions surrounded by global capitalism the Soviet Union developed a siege mentality and became very authoritarian an bureaucratic, a more democratic socialist mode such as Yugoslavia couldn’t resist the economic and political pressures of international capitalism, Vietnam and Cuba as well as China are introducing market mechanisms in order that they can compete in a global capitalist world.
If we accept for a moment that the future options for humanity are socialism or as Lenin and Luxemburg put it the barbarism of capitalism. I would argue that globalisation represents the phase of capitalism described by Lenin as its imperialist highest and final stage which would suggest we are in that final phase where we face the barbarism of neo-liberal/neo-conservative global capitalism or I would argue an eco-socialist alternative. If this is the case then it’s the role of the Marxist-Leninist vanguard parties to take the lead in resisting the neo-liberal/neo-conservative agenda of the British state and European super state.
Capitalism has become global and Lenin noted that the advanced states of Europe were amongst the dominate states and supported everything backward. This is the reality again and the only way we will successfully challenge the British and European ruling classes is if we fight as a united front. Otherwise I believe we are retreating from the struggle and looking backwards to the safety of old certainties as they were perceived when the Soviet Union seemed to represent the future for socialism. That’s not the reality today even if it seemed plausible fifty years ago, so the challenge is to face the historical reality of the 21st century and create a broad left front across Europe and Scandinavia against the institutions of the capitalist classes and capitalist state and super state. Any other response is a retreat from the class struggle and therefore not Marxist or Leninist, it may be Stalinist but we know that Stalinism became anti-democratic, bureaucratic and therefore anti-Marxist and anti-Leninist, this isn’t Trotskyism it’s a reassessment of scientific historical-materialist evidence which any Marxist-Leninist has to face or they are not a dialectic-materialist.