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Lenins views were heavily influenced by Karl Marxs The Communist Manifesto Lenin along with his close friend Leonid Trotsky took key theories from Marxs writing and adapted them to help revolutionize Russia The Bolsheviks principles were a mold of Marx filled with the toughness of Lenin By manipulating these theories he changed Russia the ideology and power Lenins close friend Leonid Trotsky was a very important part in the Russian Revolution he was considered Lenins right hand man Trotsky disagreed with Lenin on who should lead the revolution he didnt believe that an elite group was needed and that the leadership should be left to the proletariat When the Russian Socialists split into the two groups Bolsheviks and Mensheviks he joined Mensheviks because he did not agree that the middle class should lead the initial stages of the revolution Trotsky agreed with Lenin that the proletariat of Russia could bypass the capitalistic phase and go straight into communism from imperialism During the early 1920s the two men had a disagreement over the roles of trade unions but this was a small disruption in their relationship By agreeing with many of Lenins alterations to Marxs Communist Manifesto Trotsky becomes a key member of the Bolsheviks Lenin faced a difficult challenge when attempting to socialize Russia He was unable to completely utilize the works of Marx since his were aimed at the industrialized nations such as Britain and Germany To suit his purpose Lenin adjusted Marxs theories These adjustments were used to deal with Russias backwards people and government and to jump over the capitalist phase Trotsky while disagreeing on some of Lenins theories agrees with the most and became a loyal companion to the Bolsheviks Leninist-Marxism became the blueprint for the USSR Lenin was thoroughly familiar with Marxist ideas he knew they would not work as they were but needed a little adjustment Something that Marx had not thought about was that people are too selfish
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