What I find difficult is that I seem to detect a tone throughout the whole book where Lenin portrays the Bolsheviks as the true vanguard of the revolution. I can see how he might do this to take power away from other factions but to me it comes across as almost creating a new class of people - the career politicians and party layabouts.
Take for example this extract:
The revolution has just broken the oldest, the strongest and the heaviest chains to which the masses were compelled to submit. So it was yesterday. And today the same revolution - and indeed in the interests of socialism - demands the absolute submission of the masses to the single will of those who direct the labor process.This is where I have problems with Lenin's Communism. New bosses, same wages and conditions. The concept of workers' control goes out of the window and the position of the pre-revolution parasitic capitalists, bosses and nobility is replaced by party officials!
Absolute submission my arse.