The Organizational Weapon: A Study of Bolshevik Strategy and Tactics

The Organizational Weapon: A Study of Bolshevik Strategy and Tactics

The Organizational Weapon: A Study of Bolshevik Strategy and Tactics

The Organizational Weapon: A Study of Bolshevik Strategy and Tactics

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This study has two objectives: (1) to analyze the use of organizations and organizational practices as weapons in the struggle for power and (2) to deepen our understanding of bolshevik strategy and tactics.

These aims sustain each other. Leninism, with its strong emphasis on the power of disciplined minorities, affords a most useful case history for the study of organizational weapons. At the same time, it is important to learn about organizational manipulation if we are fully to comprehend the bolshevik experience.

Using the special role of organization as a key, we may expect to learn something about the inner dynamics of bolshevism--that pattern of motivation and action which impels it onward to everrenewed power struggles. Organizational analysis will illuminate the nature of bolshevism's central vehicle: the combat party. It will help us to understand the underlying organizational strategies that persist through many changes in the communist propaganda line. We shall be able to identify some of those special characteristics of bolshevism which, in many key areas, have given it strength beyond its capacity to win public support.

Throughout this study we shall be concerned with certain special aspects of political combat. Great social changes, however, can never be understood as the products of organizational or ideological maneuver. The day-to-day struggle must be viewed against the background of those less obvious shifts in the pattern of human life that create the historical alternatives confronting every age. A full appraisal of communism's impact on our own time, with conclusions for action on many fronts, would necessarily deal with that broad background. That task has not been undertaken here. It should therefore be remembered that this study is selective, dealing with only limited aspects of a far broader subject.

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