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The Luxemburg quote is presented as being a source which equates Lenin's revolutionary theory as Blanquist. However, the closing comment, "to assure the success of the revolutionary conspiracy, it was considered wiser to keep the mass at some distance from the conspirators" doesn't really seem to apply to Lenin, as he proposed a leadership with "eight workers to every two intellectuals" (Appignanesi, 1994, Introducing Lenin).
Lindsay, I should also add that the final quote attributed to Lenin doesn't really seem to be a repudiation of Blanquism at all. It seems moreso like a warning that Rightist Social Democrats, aka Bourgeois Socialists, use this term as a perjorative term and to steer clear of such statements. If anything, he is repudiating the Social-Democrats for using such language.
The Lenin quote does not Blanquism "repudiate Blanquism" as it challenges the use of the term as a pejorative. He muddies the waters by conflating a rejection of the Bolsheviks' putschist methods and authoritarian practices with a rejection of popular revolution in favor of gradualism. He seems not so much to be repudiating Blanquism as defending it. 188.8.131.52 (talk) 00:01, 1 May 2010 (UTC)