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V. I. Lenin

ONCE AGAIN ON THE TRADE UNIONS,
THE CURRENT SITUATION AND THE
MISTAKES OF TROTSKY AND BUHKARIN

Publighed as a pamphlet
in January 1921
by the Press Department
of the Moscow Soviet
of Workers',
Peasants' and Red Army Deputies

Published according
to the pamphlet text
collated with the manuscript

 
 

From V. I. Lenin, Collected Works, 4th English Edition,
Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1965

Vol. 32, pp. 70-107.

Translated from the Russian
Edited by Yuri Sdobnikov


Prepared © for the Internet by David J. Romagnolo, djr@cruzio.com (June 1997)


ONCE AGAIN ON THE TRADE UNIONS, THE CURRENT SITUATION
AND THE MISTAKES OF TROTSKY AND BUHKARIN .  .   .   .   .   .


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The Danger of Factional Pronouncements to the Party  .   .
Formal Democracy and the Revolutionary Interest   .   .   .
The Political Danger of Splits in the Trade Union Movement
Disagreements on Principle .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .
Politics and Economics. Dialectics and Eclecticism .   .   .
Dialectics and Eclecticism. "School" and "Apparatus" .  .   .
Conclusion  .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .

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NOTES




    page 537


    NOTES

      [24] Lenin began writing the pamphlet on January 21 or 22, 1921, in Gorki where he was taking a rest. Upon his return to Moscow on January 22, he handed the greater part of the pamphlet to his secretary for typing. He finished the work on January 25 and had it sent to the printer's. Late on January 26, C.C. members who were going to attend local discussions of the trade unions' role and tasks were given copies of the printed pamphlet, while the rest of the copies were ready on January 27.    [p.70]

      [25] Petrogradskaya Pravda (Petrograd Truth ) -- a daily published from April 2, 1918, as the organ of the Bolshevik Central and Petrograd Party Committees. Since January 1924, it has been appearing as Leningradskaya Pravda.    [p.70]

      [26] V. I. Zoff's circular of May 3, 1920, was published in the Bulleten Mariinskogo Oblastnogo Upravlenia Vodnogo Transporta (Bulletin of the Mariinsky Regional Water Transport Administration ) No. 5, 1920. It ran: "A great change is about to occur in the life of water transport: primitive methods, committee treadmill, haphazard work and anarchy are on the way out. Water transport is becoming a state enterprise, headed by political commissars with appropriate powers. Committees, trade unions and elected delegates will no longer have the power to interfere in technical and administrative matters."
        The order was an example of administration by injunction and bureaucratic practices, which Tsektran's Trotskyite leadership was introducing, and was evidence of their misunderstanding of the trade unions' role in getting transport back on its feet. The trade unions were equated with outdated army committees, and barred by order from taking part in improving water transport operations.    [p.79]

      [27] On December 24, 1920, in what used to be the Zimin theatre, Trotsky gave a report on the trade unions tasks in production at a joint meeting of trade union activists and delegates to the Eighth All-Russia Congress of Soviets, called by the Central Committee of the Joint Union of Rail and Water Transport Workers. It started the open Party discussion on the trade unions.    [p.106]