Chomsky says mainstream Marxists considered Lenin a right-wing Marxist. They were critical of Leninism because of his opportunistic vanguardism. Inconsistent with
Bolshevisim was a right-wing deviation, according to Trotsky until 1917. Lenin himself became became more of a libertarian-socialist by the time of the April Theses. Workers control over production, not bureaucrats turning workers into slaves. However, after the Revolution Lenin went back to vanguardism. He was working against the soviets, organs of worker control. The first things to go before the Civil War. What was needed was a Labor Army subordinated to a Leader--which had nothing to do with Socialism. More Left-Marxist criticism. Lenin recreated the Czarist organs of oppression. This led to authoritarianism/totalitarianism. Then why call it Socialism? The Soviet Revolution was just a holding action until the most advanced nations made their revolutions. Lenin was in accord with mainstream Marxist tradition.