I The Dilemmas of Lenin: Terrorism, War, Empire, Love, Revolution Ali aims to put Lenin and the Russian revolution in a new light – something he is far from succeeding in. Already in the introduction, he states that the October Revolution was in the highest degree a revolution, not a coup. Much of what follows then lends itself to proving this claim. Here, the British academic debate clearly does not differ much from the Norwegian one; Of course, the coup theory also has many supporters in the British milieus.
Without Lenin, there would have been no Russian revolution.
Ali's Lenin portrait contrasts in many ways with the Western tradition, and in this connection he points out that Lenin's most cynical quotes are often taken from the Civil War era, when the government he led stood in the midst of a fundamental war for survival. The quotes are frequently used in Lenin biographies of the Cold War, and have formed a school for the West's perception of the Russian.
Distance to anarchism. I The Dilemmas of Lenin it is instead Lenin as a living person and politician of power who emerges. Ali sees his main character as rooted in two political cultures: the anarchist tradition in Russia, and the social democratic world movement with Germany. . .