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A Draft Programme of Our Party

Auhtor: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Language: english
Published: 1918

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political,  revolutionary,  social history
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Review by Dr. Bojan Tunguz, July 2005


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Summary of the Book 'A Draft Programme of Our Party':

In the April Theses therefore Lenin called for a struggle for a socialist program based on the independent action of the working class. Its main elements were: No Support for the Provisional government. Fight for the Soviets to take power. End the war. Confiscate the big estates. Nationalize the banks. Establish workers control of industry. Replace the police and army with a workers militia. Replace the old state bureaucracy with workers administration. Proclaim a Communist Party establish a new international. A program on these lines with the strategy and tactics also spelt out was an essential pre-requisite for the success of the October revolution. In April it was opposed by the leaders castigated by Lenin as Old Bolsheviks. However by appealing to the leading Bolsheviks at rank and file level Lenin won a majority for his ideas. The new upsurge of workers and peasants which provokes a new crisis for the Provisional government confirmed Lenins position in a few stormy months. Without the April Theses 1917 would have ended quite differently. Underlying Lenins strategy and tactics was a clear perspective. This provided a clear guide to action during the ebbs and flows of the revolution. On the other hand it was precisely because they were working on the basis of a confused perspective derived from a misinterpretation of Lenins previous position that the Old Bolsheviks adopted a policy which prefigured the disastrous Popular Frontism of the Stalinist leaders in the 1930s and since.

Excerpts from the Book 'A Draft Programme of Our Party':


... Russian Social-Democracy they have also got over the initial stages of the movement during which the work was carried on piecemeal by small local organisations. ...
... are differences of substance or differences on partial questions, whether or not these differences interfere with common work in the ranks of one and ...
... as 1885.     We shall begin with a discussion of this draft. Despite the fact that it was published almost 15 years ago, it is our opinion ...
... is only just emerging and clashing with pre-capitalist conditions) the growth of poverty - not only social, but also the most horrible physical ...
... a determined and unswerving struggle for political liberty and socialism.     Here a few words are in order on our attitude to the Erfurt ...
... the transportation of workers to Siberia increased persecution of Social-Democracy, etc.). The biscuit is to decoy the weak, to bribe and corrupt them ...
... the question of means open, allowing the choice of means to the militant organisations and to Party congresses that determine the tactics of the Party. ...
... education, etc. 4) inviolability of the person and domicile of citizens 5) uncurtailed freedom of conscience, speech, assembly, etc. (here it should ...
... workers' representation. We think that the working-class party should define the demands made on this point more thoroughly and in greater detail the ...
... therefore, even if he (like the writer of these lines) belongs to the determined opponents of the protection or support of small proprietorship ...
... against the landlords, their stewards, and the government officials who support them. Well known are the agrarian killings, revolts, etc. Well known ...
... fault if the peasantry does not respond (may not have the strength to respond) to their revolutionary appeal. The working-class movement is going its ...
... - not because this is the most important part of the programme, but because it is the most disputed and has a more remote connection with the generally ...
... were still alive, such a declaration was sufficient but today we must ourselves begin to discuss basic principles of work among the peasantry ...
... fully established in literature, as has also the tremendous retardation of social development (and the development of capitalism) caused by this survival. ...
... progress, that the struggle against it is particularly necessary. And it uould not be more difficult for a court to establish the enslaving, usurious ...
... appeal to the peasants. Does this not mean diffusion, is it not harmful to the essential concentration of forces for work among the industrial proletariat? ...
... who go to the village. Nor should we forget the rural intelligentsia, elementary school teachers, for instance. The latter are so humiliated, materially ...
... Who Have Emerged from Serf Dependence . . . adopted on February 19, 1861. The tsarist government compelled the peasants, in return for the allotments ...
... Resolution and a Bad SpeechS'o (Alone), published in Paris in 1892, is a collection of poems by the Portuguese poet Ant'onio Nobre. It is the only ...