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Revolutionary Action: Balancing Spontaneity and Bureaucracy

Abstract. This article examines the coexistence of spontaneism and bureaucratism in political action, drawing on the ideas of Marxist philosopher George Lukács. The article discusses Lukács’ views on the role of revolution in socialist transformation, and his understanding of the importance of spontaneism and bureaucratism in the revolutionary process. It argues that revolution is a complex, multifaceted process that involves both spontaneous and planned elements, and that the success of a revolution depends on the ability of the working class to balance these elements and to act in accordance with a clear and coherent theory of socialist change. The article also discusses the potential dangers of bureaucratization in socialist societies, and the importance of establishing democratic, decentralized forms of organization that can guide and coordinate the efforts of the working class towards the common goal of socialist transformation.

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