A Documentary History of Communism - Vol. 2

A Documentary History of Communism - Vol. 2

A Documentary History of Communism - Vol. 2

A Documentary History of Communism - Vol. 2

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The Communist movement, despite the impersonal sociology contained in its doctrine, bears to an almost unique degree the impress of dominant individual personalities--specifically, Lenin and Stalin. Lenin launched the movement and gave it the qualities necessary for seizing and holding power; Stalin accomplished the permanent adaptation of the movement to the circumstances of its time and setting. The insane purging and self-glorification in which Stalin indulged were perhaps transitory, but the other changes for which he was responsible have been permanently assimilated into the Communist movement the world over--the priority of the industrialization effort and national power, the shift to conservative social and intellectual norms, and the monolithic control of all communication to enforce the pseudo-Marxist rationalization of the system.

Stalin's Revolution

Wielding the unchallenged personal control over the Communist Party and the Soviet state which he had attained with the defeat of the Right Opposition, Stalin commenced a drastic program of reconstructing the economic foundations of Soviet society. The two cardinal lines of effort, as he set them forth in his final attack on the Bukharin group in April, 1929, were the collectivization of the peasantry and the intensive development of heavy industry. Shortly afterward the First Five-Year Plan was formally approved by the Sixteenth Party Conference, with its commencement set retroactively back to October, 1928.

. . . What is the theoretical basis for the blindness and bewilderment of Bukharin's group?

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