April thesis - Lenin ignores centralized government

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During the Russian-Communist revolution of the early 1900’s, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, later to be known as Vladimir Lenin, emerged through the diverse crowd of revolutionaries and with his April Theses took control over Russia; creating the first ever Marxist nation. Once in power, Lenin issued hundreds of decrees that affected every person, industry, and element of Russian society. These decrees were initially illustrated in Lenin’s April Theses, so these decrees did not come as much of a surprise to the citizens of the USSR, but what did confuse the nation was Lenin’s failure to enact a centralized form of government, but instead declared that the Communist party would hold complete rule over the nation.

The April Theses was a piece of literature created by Vladimir Lenin and published by Bolshevik newspapers for the purpose of getting their cause heard by the peasants and working class members of the Russian nation, and to convince the Bolshevik party that they should reject any form of compromise from the Provisional Government.

The April Theses displayed a large portion of Lenin’s main proposals, including his views on: land reform, abolishment of Provisional Government, a republic of Soviet workers, amalgamation of all banks, and the immediate introduction of socialism.

On October 25, 1917, Lenin began passing decrees into the communist legislature. He passed hundreds in his first few days in office, most of which were outlined in his April Theses. Lenin passed his infamous decree of land ownership on October 26, 1917, which nationalized all farm, industrial, and residential land. Some other important decrees were: the suppression of hostile newspapers, which suppressed any lingering nationalist propaganda from being published; legalization of abortion, liberal marriages and divorce, and equal status of men and women; nationalization of all large-scale industries; but most importantly, Lenin,