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A Letter to a Comrade on Our Organizational Tasks

Auhtor: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Language: english
Published: 1899

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political,  revolutionary,  social history
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Review by Chandler, January 2005


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Summary of the Book 'A Letter to a Comrade on Our Organizational Tasks':

Lenins April Theses form one of the most decisive manifestos in the history of the revolution. They consist of just a few short notes the bare skeleton of Lenins speeches when he arrived back in Petrograd in April 1917. But the ideas outlined within them brought about a decisive reorientation of the Bolshevik leadership. Lynn Walsh re-examines the April Theses and their lessons for today. Lenins return from exile crystallized a crisis in the Bolshevik party. The leadership in Russia around Kamenev and Stalin who had assumed responsibility on their return from Siberia in March endorsed the Soviets position of conditional support for the Provisional government of Prince Lvov - even though the Soviet held the real power on the streets and in the factories. Lenin had already rejected this stance as his Letters from Afar in February demonstrated. The Provisional government in his view was so bound up with the landlords the industrialists and the bankers that it was incapable of fulfilling its promises. To believe that the government would end the war distribute the big estates solve the economic crisis and meet workers demands was a dangerous illusion. There was no question as far as Lenin was concerned of supporting the Provisional government while it carried out reforms in the expectation that at a later stage more favorable conditions would emerge for the struggle for socialism. The liberal bourgeois government pushed reluctantly into power by the February revolution had already gone as far as it was capable of going. Unless the Soviets smashed the remnants of the old state and placed power decisively in the hands of the workers the Provisional government would succumb to counter-revolution. The next phase would be a new regime of totalitarian reaction.

Excerpts from the Book 'A Letter to a Comrade on Our Organizational Tasks':


... TO A COMRADE ON OUR ORGANISATIONAL TASKS[89]     Dear Comrade,     It is with pleasure that I accede to your request for a ...
... freedom to take direct charge of all the practical aspects of the movement.     For this reason it would be desirable that Clause ...
... and it should consist of fully convinced Social-Democrats who devote themselves entirely to Social-Democratic activities. We should particularly see ...
... it might then be necessary to select from the committee a special and very small executive group (consisting of, say, five, or even fewer persons), which ...
... all who take part in our work, each and every circle, should have the right to bring their decisions, desires and requests to the attention of the committee, ...
... I would propose a rule to the following effect. The committee must see to the organisation of big meetings of as many people as possible who are practical ...
... of propagandists (which will be a branch of the committee or one of the institutions of the committee ). This group, using for the sake of secrecy the ...
... whole art of running a secret organisation should consist in making use of everything possible, in giving everyone something to do, at the same time ...
... usual practice of overloading this profession with incapable people and thus lowering the level of propaganda. It is sometimes the habit among us ...
... or select a complete subcommittee. In this way, the committee will also determine which of these agents is to maintain contact with it and how ...
... to get to know people and see how the land lies, etc.** The factory subcommittee should endeavour to embrace the whole factory, the largest possible ...
... wish to join the Russian Social-Democratic Labour Party and, if endorsed by the committee, will join the Party, and will assume definite functions (on ...
... and C.O. It follows that the exception indicated will not at all be an infraction of the principle of equality, but merely a necessary concession to ...
... the ideological and practical leadership of the movement and the revolutionary struggle of the proletariat, the greatest possible decentralisation is ...
... formal C.C. will make our movement really united, or create an enduring militant Party, if the Party centre continues to be cut off from direct practical ...
... just as lacking in specialisation, just as little given to acquiring the experience of professional revolutionaries or to benefiting from the ...
... The committee appoints the district groups, factory subcommittees and certain groups (if you wish to enumerate them you will never be done, and there ...
... reiterating this) through transmitting exact information to the Party centre it is only then that we shall have real organisational form connected with ...
... from the intellectual members. The League's clumsy organisation was more adapted for a trade-union form of struggle than for leadership of the ...
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