One observation that Lenin made, however, was a very good one. Symbiotic relationships between large companies (in Lenin's language, "imperialistic monopolies") and the national government can sometimes lead to wars that are fought for the benefit of those companies at the expense of the rest of the society. An American general named Smedley Butler later made very similar observations on very different factual material in his 1935 book "War is a Racket."
Lenin thought (correctly) that monopolization of the economy is a bad thing and the symbiotic relationships between monopolies and government are even worse (with the likes of East Indian Company, designed to operate colonies for profit with no governing law, being the ultimate evil). But he (incorrectly) viewed those things as inevitable under capitalism; in his view, things like anti-trust law, regulation of campaign finance, and legislative oversight were just forms of window-dressing, aimed at placating the masses.