On Cooperation

Louis N Proyect lnp3 at columbia.edu
Sat Sep 28 07:39:50 MDT 1996


>
> OLEACHEA:
>
> >First edition.
>
> >You will find these quotations in Stalin's pamphlet, "The October Revolution
> >and Tactics Of Russian Communists"  - published in 1924 - when both Stalin
> >and Trotsky were members of the same Party.
>
>
> >
> > "As a matter of fact, state power over all large scale means of production,
> > >state power in the hands of the proletariat, the alliance of this
> > >proletariat with the many millions of small and very small peasants, the
> > >assured leadership of the peasantry by the proletariat, etc. - IS THIS NOT
> > >ALL THAT IS NECESSARY FOR BUILDING A COMPLETE SOCIALIST SOCIETY from the
> > >cooperatives, from the cooperatives alone which we FORMERLY looked down upon
> > >as huckstering and which from a certain aspect we have a right to look down
> > >upon as such now, under the NEP?  This is NOT YET the building of socialist
> > >society, but IT IS ALL THAT IS NECESSARY AND SUFFICIENT FOR THIS BUILDING"
> > >(See V. I. Lenin Complete Works Vol XXVII, Russian Edition, page 392)
> >
> Something is fishy about Adolfo's way of quoting Lenin.  This one
> must come from one of his works on cooperation, and I will find it.
> I am almost sure he cannot provide the Name and the Year, because he is
> quoting from some stalinist book of quotations which flooded the world
> in the 1920-30s as a part of Stalin's campaign against the Left Opposition.
>

Louis: This comes from "On Cooperation", one of Lenin's last articles,
written in January 1923. One of the brainy people who used to inhabit this
list, a professor from Buffalo State, used this article to advance the
idea that Lenin accepted the idea that NEP capitalism was a necessary
development in the Soviet Union, perhaps for generations.

The problem with Lenin-quoting, as my dear friend and comrade Adolfo
sometimes fails to understand, is that these quotes can not be invoked as
chapter and verse like scripture. They are oriented to the exegencies of
the class-struggle. In one year Lenin advocated War Communism, which
involved complete nationalization, and justified it on theoretical
grounds. Two years later he proposed a NEP, on completely the opposite
theoretical basis.

Vladimir should get out of the habit himself of quoting Lenin or Trotsky
as though they are scripture. I hate to break the news to you, but unless
we start achieving the theoretical and political maturity of Lenin, we
will not achieve socialism. Lenin spent most of his time studying
government statistics, not the Grundrisse.



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