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An expanded form of Marxism that emphasizes Lenin's concept of imperialism as the final stage of capitalism and shifts the focus of struggle from developed to underdeveloped countries.
Marx′ist-Len′in·ist adj. & n.
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the modification of Marxism by Lenin stressing that imperialism is the highest form of capitalism
ˈMarxist-ˈLeninist n, adj
Karl Marx 1818–83, promulgated that human actions and institutions are economically determined, that class struggle is the basic agency of historical change, and that communism will eventually supersede capitalism. Lenin adopted the ideological basis but modified and interpreted it to stress that capitalism survived through imperialism. He developed the idea of the Communist Party as a professional elite leading the struggle against capitalism, and thereby eventually exercising a post-revolutionary dictatorship of proletariat.
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|Noun||1.||Marxism-Leninism - the political and economic theories of Lenin which provided the guiding doctrine of the Soviet Union; the modification of Marxism by Lenin stressed that imperialism is the highest form of capitalism (which shifts the struggle from developed to underdeveloped countries)|
communism - a political theory favoring collectivism in a classless society