The quote "A chain is only as strong as its weakest link"
is attributed to V. I. Lenin
who was discussing his reasons why the Bolsheviks
were agitating the Russia
before the Revolution
of 1917 (in "What Is To Be Done?" I think)
thought held that places like Britain
would be most likely to undergo a Socialist Revolution
because the working class
es in those countries were larger, better educated and more politically aware.
Lenin argued that although Russia
till had an agrarian
based economy and its working class was small and centred around the cities, because its government (the autocracy of Nicholas II)
was so much weaker than that of the other capitalist countries, a well motivated vanguard
could create a revolution more quickly than anywhere else.
It is this principle that forms the basis of Bolshevism