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V. I. Lenin

THE NEW ECONOMIC POLICY
AND THE TASKS OF THE
POLITICAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENTS

REPORT TO THE SECOND ALL-RUSSIA CONGRESS
OF POLITICAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENTS
OCTOBER 17, 1921


 

Published in the Vtoroi Vserossiishy
syezd politprosvetov. Bulleten syezda

(Bulletin of the Second All-Russia
Congress of Political Education De-
partments) No. 2,
October 19, 1921

       

Published according to
the Bulletin proofs
corrected by Lenin
 
 
 


 
From V. I. Lenin, Collected Works, 4th English Edition,
Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1966

Vol. 33, pp. 60-79.

Translated from the Russian
Edited by David Skvirsky
and George Hanna


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


THE NEW ECONOMIC POLICY AND THE TASKS OF THE POLITICAL
EDUCATION DEPARTMENTS. Report to the Second All-Russia
Congress of Political Education Departments
, October 17


 
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Abrupt Change of Policy of the Soviet Government and
 the R.C.P.
The 1918 Decision of the All-Russia Central Executive
 Committee on the Role of the Peasantry
Our Mistake
A Strategical Retreat
Purport of the New Economic Policy
Who Will Win. the Capitalist or Soviet Power?
The Fight Will Be Even Fiercer
Is This the Last Fight?
We Must not Count on Going Straight to Communism
The Principle of Personal Incentive and Responsibility
Shall We Be Able to Work for Our Own Benefit?
Obsolete Methods
The Greatest Miracle of All
Tasks of Political Educationalists
The Three Chief Enemies
  The First Enemy -- Communist Conceit
  The Second Enemy -- Illiteracy
  The Third Enemy -- Bribery
Difference Between Military and Cultural Problems


 
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NOTES




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    NOTES

      [22] Held in Moscow on October 17-22, 1921, this Congress was attended by 307 delegates.
        Its main object was to endorse a plan of work for 1922 and work out the forms and methods of agitation and propaganda in the situation called forth by the New Economic Policy.
        Lenin, who was given an ovation by the delegates, spoke at the evening session on October 17.
        The Political Education Departments were formed by local (volost, uyezd and gubernia) public education bodies in conformity with a decree issued on February 23, 1920. Their work was guided by the Central Political Education Committee at the People's Commissariat of Education.    [p. 60]

      [23] The All-Russia Central Executive Committee passed its decision of April 29, 1918 on the basis of Lenin's report "On the Immediate Tasks of the Soviet Government". The propositions in that report and in the article "The Immediate Tasks of the Soviet Government" were summed up by Lenin in six theses, which, with some additions, were unanimously endorsed by the Party Central Committee on May 3, 1918. See "Six Theses on the Immediate Tasks of the Soviet Government" (present edition, Vol. 27, pp. 314-17).    [p. 61]

      [24] Gubernia economic conferences were local organs of the Council of Labour and Defence. They were set up by the Executive

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    Committees of the gubernia Soviets in conformity with the decision passed by the Eighth All-Russia Congress of Soviets in December 1920.    [p. 76]