Through all history political leaders have used any issue handy as a crowbar to pry power away from whoever has it...to grasp it for themselves!<br />
I don't believe any of them truly embrace any ideology other than POWER for PROFIT!

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It seems that way

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Actually it's a good parable for how absolute power corrupts. Lenin was always a theorist and he took Marxism to a practical level nobody had and was as much a true believer as any intelligent man could be. He had his own ideas and methods, but yeah - dude was a Marxist. What the USSR became was nothing like what Marx wrote about of course. <br />
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See, the realities of the years leading up to the revolution, gaining power, and then retaining power were uh... difficult. Whether or not Lenin was a good man or wanted to be a good man are irrelevant - he did some truly horrific things while in power like with the Kronstadt rebellion or their dealings with the Makhnovists. When you're trying to deal with food shortages, hostility from the rest of the planet, and God knows what else it becomes very easy to respond to troubles with a hammer.<br />
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I'm not sure if Lenin ever realized what kind of bastard he became - it's more than likely that everything seemed proper, expedient, and -necessary- for the success of the USSR. So your ideologies and theories change with the times to reinforce whatever position you have. You can justify anything, especially when you're an autocrat.

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i think they mostly start out believing hardcore but then have to adapt to what gets the best (most) response from the masses cause it feeds their need for acceptance and fuels their desire to bring revolutionary change....even if it's not exactly the same path they originally set out on. Che' rules!!!

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