J. V. Stalin

THE
SOCIAL-DEMOCRATIC
DEVIATION IN OUR PARTY

Report Delivered at the Fifteenth
All-Union Conference of the C.P.S.U.(B.)
,
November 1, 1926


Pravda, No. 256 and 257,
November 5 and 6, 1926



From J. V. Stalin, On the Opposition,
Foreign Languages Press, Peking, 1974

pp. 382-441.


Based on J. V. Stalin, Works,
Foreign Languages Publishing House,
Moscow, 1954

Vol. 8, pp. 245-310.


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

    PUBLISHER'S NOTE

The articles and speeches by J. V. Stalin contained in English edition of On the Opposition follow the order of the Russian edition put out by the State Publishing House of the Soviet Union in 1928. The English translation, including the notes at the end of the book, is taken from Stalin's Works, Vols. 5-10, Foreign Languages Publishing House, Moscow, 1953-54, with some technical changes.
    References in Roman numerals to Lenin's Works mentioned in the text are to the third Russian edition. The English references are indicated by the publisher in footnotes.




THE SOCIAL-DEMOCRATIC DEVIATION IN OUR PARTY. Report
  Delivered at the Fiftheenth All-Union Conference of the
  C.P.S.U.(B.)
, November 1, 1926

I.

The Stages of Development of the Opposition Bloc

382

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.

The First Stage
The Second Stage
The Third Stage
The Fourth Stage
Lenin and the Question of Bloc in the Party
The Process of Decomposition of the Opposition Bloc
What is the Opposition Bloc Counting on?

383
384
386
387
388
390
392

II.

The Principal Error of the Opposition Bloc

394

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
 
7.

Preliminary Remarks
Leninism or Trotskyism?
The Resolution of the Fourteenth Conference of the R.C.P.(B.)
The Passing Over of the "New Opposition" to Trotskyism
Trotsky's Evasion
The Decisive Importance of the Question of the Prospects of Our
Constructive Work
The Political Prospects of the Opposition Bloc

395
399
412
415
420
 
424
427

  III.
 

The Political and Organisational Errors of the
Opposition Bloc


431

IV.

Some Conclusions

437

NOTES





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      [87] The Fifteenth Conference of the C.P.S.U.(B.), held October 26 November 3, 1926, discussed the following questions: the international situation; the economic position of the country and the tasks of the Party; the results of the work and the current tasks of the trade unions; the opposition and the inner-Party situation. The conference approved the policy of the Central Committee and unanimously adopted the theses

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    of J. V. Stalin's report on "The Opposition Bloc in the C.P.S.U.(B.)." which characterised the Trotsky-Zinoviev opposition bloc as a Social-Democratic deviation in the ranks of the Bolshevik Party and as an auxiliary detachment of the Second International in the international labour movement. The conference gave shape to and completed the arming of the Party with the idea of the victory of socialist construction in the U.S.S.R. and called for a determined struggle for the unity of the Party and the exposure of the Trotsky-Zinoviev bloc.    [p.382]

      [88] This refers to the plenum of the C.C., C.P.S.U.(B.), held April 6-9, 1926.    [p.383]

      [89] This refers to the joint plenum of the C.C. and the C.C.C., C.P.S.U.(B.), held July 14-23, 1926.    [p.384]

      [90] This refers to the resolution on "Results of the Discussion and the Petty-Bourgeois Deviation in the Party," adopted by the Thirteenth Conference of the R.C.P.(B.) and endorsed by the Thirteenth Congress of the R.C.P.(B.) as a resolution of the congress (see Resolutions and Decisions of C.P.S.U. Congresses, Conferences and Central Committee Plenums, Part 1, 1953, pp. 778-86).    [p.385]

      [91] The chapter of Lenin's The Tax in Kind is entitled "The Contemporary Economy of Russia" (see V. I. Lenin, Selected Works, F.L.P.H., Moscow, 1952, Vol. II, Part 2, pp. 527-39).    [p.398]

      [92] See V. I. Lenin, Selected Works, F.L.P.H., Moscow, 1952, Vol. II, Part 1, pp. 237-38.    [p.399]

      [93] Nashe Slovo (Our Word ) -- a Menshevik-Trotskyist newspaper published in Paris from January 1915 to September 1916.    [p.402]

      [94] See Resolutions and Decisions of C.P.S.U. Congresses, Conferences and Central Committee Plenums, Part II, 1953, p. 48.    [p.413]

      [95] Ibid., p. 49.    [p.413]

      [96] Ibid.    [p.414]

      [21] See V. I. Lenin, Selected Works, F.L.P.H., Moscow, 1952, Vol. II, Part 1, pp. 13-19.    [p.428]

      [97] See V. I. Lenin, Tenth Congress of the R.C.P.(B.). March 8-16, 1921. 6. Report on the Substitution of a Tax in Kind for the Surplus-Grain Appropriation System. March 15.    [p.435]

      [98] The reference is to the joint plenum of the C.C. and the C.C.C., C.P.S.U.(B.), held October 23 and 26, 1926. The plenum discussed filling the vacancy in the C.C. caused by the death of F. E. Dzerzhinsky, questions to be submitted for discussion at the Fifteenth All-Union Party Conference, a communication of the C.C. Political Bureau and the C.C.C. in connection with the Political Bureau's resolution of October 4 on the factional activity of the Trotsky-Zinoviev opposition bloc since the July joint plenum of the C.C. and the C.C.C., C.P.S.U.(B.), and J. V. Stalin's theses on "The Opposition Bloc in the C.P.S.U.(B.)." On October 26,

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    J. V. Stalin delivered a speech at the plenum in support of the theses.    [p.437]

      [99] See Resolutions and Decisions of C.P.S.U. Congresses, Conferences and Central Committee Plenums, Part I, 1953, pp. 530-33.    [p.438]

      [100] This refers to the resolution adopted at a joint sitting of the plenums of the C.C. and the C.C.C., R.C.P.(B.) on January 17, 1925, following a communication made by J. V. Stalin on resolutions of local Party organ isations in connection with Trotsky's action (see Resolutions and Decisions of C.P.S.U. Congresses, Conferences and Central Committee Plenums, Part I, 1953, pp. 913-21, and this volume, pp. 183-87 [Transcriber's Note: See Stalin's "Speech Delivered at a Plenum of the Central Committee and the Central Control Commission of the R.C.P.(B.)". -- DJR]).    [p.439]



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