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invented the infamous term `Stalinist bureaucracy'. While
was still living, late in 1923, he was already maneuvering to
seize power within the Party:
`[B]ureaucratization threatens to ... provoke a more or
less opportunistic degeneration of the Old Guard'.
The New Course, p. 72.
In his opposition platform, written in July 1926, his foremost
attack was against `unbridled bureaucratism'.
The New Course, p. 85.
And once the Second World War had begun,
spent his time
provoking the Soviet people in `acting against the
Stalinist bureaucracy as it did previously against the Tsarist
bureaucracy and the bourgeoisie.'
Lettres aux travailleurs d'URSS (May 1940).
La lutte antibureaucratique en URSS II:
La révolution nécessaire 1933--1940
(Paris: Union générale d'éditions, 1975),
always used the word `bureaucracy' to denigrate socialism.
Given this context, it might come as some surprise that throughout the
thirties, the Party leaders, principally Stalin,
devoted a lot of energy to the struggle against the
bureaucratic elements within the Party and State apparatus.
How did the struggle against bureaucratization and bureaucracy define
itself in the thirties?
Fri Aug 25 09:03:42 PDT 1995