Can there truly be revolution without violent clashes between the ruling and working classes?

The more I study Marx, currently I am reading Lenin's 'The State and Revolution', it seems that it might not be possible to have revolution without violence. I do not advocate violence at all. Though, if we take the perspective that the state implements different degrees of violence all of the time as a primary way to maintain and sustain the conditions for capitalism, how can that possibly be overturned through reforms alone. It is a disturbing realization to realize that a non violent revolution may not be possible to achieve a truly equitable society. I know this is a complicated and sensitive topic. If you could please comment on how to understand this in a historical and current context that would be very helpful. Thank you so much for all of your work. I have learned so much from you. Regards, Paul

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  • Paul Izenberg
    published this page in Ask Prof. Wolff 2017-12-08 16:43:36 -0500