The purpose of Marxism–Leninism is to turn a capitalist state into a socialist state. This is done by a revolution by the proletariat to overthrow the old government. The new government then creates a "dictatorship of the proletariat". This new government leads the country based on democratic centralism.
The communist party is supposed to lead society from capitalism to socialism. According to ML, socialism was more "advanced" than capitalism, but communism was more "advanced" than socialism. Indeed, the ultimate goal is to achieve a communist society, one with no class or state. ML just provides a first step: from capitalism to socialism.
Today, the only remaining countries who are adherents of Marxism-Leninism are: China, Cuba, Vietnam, and Laos, with North Korea moving to its own political philosophy, Juche, though the ideology was also influenced by Marxism-Leninism.
- Dictionary of Historical Terms (1998) Second Edition, Chris Cook, Ed., pp. 221–222, p. 305.
- Dictionary of Historical Terms (1998) Second Edition, Chris Cook, Ed., pp. 221–222.
- Albert, Michael; Hahnel, Robin. Socialism Today and Tomorrow. Boston, Massachusetts, USA: South End Press, 1981. pp. 24–25.