By Robert V. Daniels
An intensive revision of the valued yet unobtainable 1960 variation. approximately three hundred key records at the moment are on hand in translation.
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There is no idea in Martov's draft but only empty phrases. , formulas that are useless for the matter in hand and supposed to be useful for display). . . . Comrade Martov's three years' Iskra training has not imbued him with disdain for the anarchist phrasemongering by which the unstable mentality of the intellectual is capable of justifying the violation of rules adopted by common consent. . When I say that the Party should be a sum (and not a mere arithmetical sum, but a complex) of organizations^ does that mean that I "confuse" the concepts Party and organization?
Let no active worker take offence at these frank remarks, for as far as insufficient training is concerned, I apply them first and foremost to myself. " And the more I recall the burning sense of shame I then experienced, the more bitter are my feelings towards those pseudoSocial-Democrats whose teachings "bring disgrace on the calling of a revolutionary," who fail to understand that our task is not to champion the degrading of the revolutionary to the level of an amateur, but to raise the amateurs to the level of revolutionaries.
Then, rapidly playing his hand with remarkable political finesse, Stalin commenced in 1928 to maneuver against his erstwhile colleagues in the party leadership, Bukharin, Rykov, and Tomsky. Know- Introduction xxxi ing that these men were committed to economic caution, Stalin abruptly took over the Trotskyist approach to industrialization and with it the plan of wholesale collectivization of the peasants (a step necessary to squeeze from them the unrecompensed surplus necessary to support the industrialization effort).
A Documentary History of Communism in Russia: From Lenin to Gorbachev by Robert V. Daniels