>Fordism on industrial production to lower the power of unions
In specific industries, but that's not how automation works economy-wide. Higher productivity corresponds to higher bargaining power for labor, because it cuts consumer prices, in turn increasing demand for both production and employment.
>entire orthodoxy of Marx-Leninism was itself a major shift in the conception of how revolution could be achieved
No, it was bog standard Marxist DiaMat, except for the dubious "innovation" of embalming underground cells during peacetime as "democratic centralism".
>outright banned electoral struggle
Not quite accurate. The IWW banned official union involvement with political activity, but allowed members to do so. Further, many other unions of the same era were highly involved in parliamentary activity just like the Bolsheviks, and of course this was part of a wider debate that continued from decades earlier and continued long after that raged across different tendencies of unions, Marxists, anarchists, and pretty much every other form of radical leftism.
>there was a long retreat from socialist policies
>which those countries didn't have
Until around the same time as they began developing political power, much of it nurtured among the nascant proletariat.
>The unions that couldn't exist yet?
Unions existed in Russia immediately on legalization in 1905, even before that massive industrial strikes were organized back to the 1870s.
>it largely came down to the organization of the non-industrialized peasantry
No, that was the SRs. In fact this failure of the Bolsheviks came to be the source of all their later woes.
>what few concessions were gained, were quickly wiped away
Most of the concessions from that era are still here. Legal strikes, unions, bankruptcy, 40-hour workweek, minimum wage, child labor, pensions, etc., The decay at present mostly effects post-WWII reforms.
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