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PRINCIPLES OF
PARTY ORGANIZATION

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Thesis on the Organization and Structure of the Communist Parties, adopted at the 3rd Congress of the Communist International in 1921

Mass Publications — Calcutta NOVEMBER 1975


Prepared © for the Internet by David J. Romagnolo, djr@marx2mao.org (July 1999)

PUBLISHER'S NOTE

The document which is being reprinted here is the Thesis on the Organization of
the Communist Parties
 adopted by the Third Congress of the Communist Inter-
national in 1921. This basic document lays down the revolutionary principles of
Communist organization. It was drafted under Lenin's guidance and passed at the
Congress led by him. Latter in 1924 Stalin wrote a pellucid exposition of these
general principles in the pamphlet Foundations of Leninism.


[Transcriber's Note: The following Table of Contents has been prepared to provide the reader with an overview of the document. -- DJR]

ORGANIZATION AND STRUCTURE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY

I.

GENERAL PRINCIPLES

5

II.

ON DEMOCRATIC CENTRALIZATION

7

III.

ON THE DUTIES OF COMMUNIST ACTIVITY

8

IV.

ON PROPAGANDA AND AGITATION

15

V.

THE ORGANIZATION OF POLITICAL STRUGGLE

24

VI.

THE NEW LEADERSHIP

29

VII.

ON THE PARTY PRESS

32

VIII.

ON THE STRUCTURE OF THE PARTY ORGANISM

37

IX.

LEGAL AND ILLEGAL ACTIVITY

43