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The Menshevik trial - Image 10. 1931. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 19, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/2964/show/2881.

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Title The Menshevik trial
Alternative Title The Menshevik trial: the text of the indictment of the counter-revolutionary Menshevik organization
Publisher Workers Library Publishers
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • New York, New York
Date 1931
Subject.Topical (Local)
  • Politics and government
Subject.Name (LCNAF)
  • Rossiĭskai͡a sot͡sial-demokraticheskai͡a rabochai͡a partii͡a
Subject.Name (Local)
  • Social-Democratic Workers Party of Russia
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Soviet Union
Genre (AAT)
  • pamphlets
Language English
Type (DCMI)
  • Text
Original Item Extent 88 pages; 22 cm
Original Item Location DK266.M4 1931
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b8304553~S11
Original Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
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Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
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Transcript This open programme of restoration of capitalist conditions was proposed by the Menshevist Social Democracy (cloaked by the assertion of the allegedly objective impossibility of Socialist construction in the Soviet Union). The programme was to be carried out on the one hand by means of the " agreement of all groups, parties, and their sections which are capable of remaining firmly on the platform of the revolution during the course of development " (page 50 of the " Platform "), and on the other hand, by means of agitation and propaganda among the workers, in order " to gather together the leading elements of the working class under their own flag and to. aid the political formation of the elementary movement of the workers, as also their support of the above ' immediate demands,' by every effort " (page 49). This was the programme and tactics of the Menshevist Social Democracy in 1924. Life itself has confuted this whole position. As a result of the building up of Socialism, the economic development of the Soviet Union has proceeded in a direction diametrically opposed to that prophesied by the Mensheviks. With the growth of the gross production of socialised industry, out-distancing double the pre-war production at the close of the second year of the Five Year Plan, with the erection of new giants of industry, with the plan of tripling production as compared with pre-war in the one year 1931, with the supplanting of private capital, both Russian and foreign, and its relegation to an entirely insignificant position in the balance sheet of the national ecomomy of the Soviet Union—with these achievements the working class of the Soviet Union replied to the prophecies made by the bourgeois Mensheviks with regard to our industry. The magnificent advance of collective farming, the gigantic growth of Soviet farms, the industrialisation of agriculture with the aid of machine and tractor stations, the collectivisation of the overwhelming majority of the peasant farms in the most important grain districts, and the political liquidation of the kulaks as a class on the basis of this collectivisation—this has been the reply of the masses of the poor and middle peasantry to the bourgeois prophecies of the Mensheviks regarding agriculture. Under these circumstances there were left to the Menshevist Social Democrats only two alternatives : either to admit the political erroneousness of their standpoint and to abandon the struggle against the Soviet power, or to join hands with the imperialist bourgeoisie and to acknowledge the necessity of military intervention against the Soviet Union. The evolution from the " peaceful " attitude of 1924 to an attitude supporting armed insurrection in the country itself 8