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mofongo wrote

Marx had his 'dictatorship of the proletariat', this idea that an elected central committee would manage the economy until a full transition to communism was ready.

False! The dictatorship of the proletariat is the stage where the working class is successful in appropriating the bourgeois' political power (and economical) and starts shaping society shaping society according to their interests, i.e. communism.


edmund_the_destroyer wrote

Isn't this exactly where Bakunin disagreed with Marx in the 19th century? Marx wanted some kind of democratically appointed, centralized authority to manage the transition to communism. Bakunin thought that any such organization would eventually grow into a bureaucracy that serves its own ends - and history seems to indicate Bakunin was right.


mofongo wrote

I'm not familiar enough with the first international to comment.