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Trotsky, Leon, 1879-1940. Problems of the development of the U.S.S.R. - Image 32. 1931. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 23, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/3784/show/3763.

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Trotsky, Leon, 1879-1940. (1931). Problems of the development of the U.S.S.R. - Image 32. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/3784/show/3763

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Title Problems of the development of the U.S.S.R.
Alternative Title Problems of the development of the U.S.S.R.: draft of the thesis of the International left opposition on the Russian question
Creator (LCNAF)
  • Trotsky, Leon, 1879-1940
Contributor (LCNAF)
  • Shachtman, Max, 1903-1972, translator
Contributor (Local)
  • Lewitt, Morris, translator
Publisher Communist league of America (Opposition)
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • New York, New York
Date 1931
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Economic policy
  • Labor policy
Subject.Topical (Local)
  • Politics and government
  • Five-year plan (1928-1932)
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Soviet Union
Genre (AAT)
  • pamphlets
Language English
Type (DCMI)
  • Text
Original Item Extent 47 pages; 20 cm
Original Item Location DK266.T74 1931
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b8304559~S5
Original Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://libraries.uh.edu/branches/special-collections
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Transcript The Decay of the Official Party Bears with It the Danger of Civil War The collapse of plebiscitary discipline would »not only embrace the party, administrative, economic, trade union and cooperative organs, but also the Red Army and the G. P. U.; under certain conditions, the explosion might begin at this very end. This already shows that the passage of power into the hands of the bourgeoisie could in no case be confined to simple degeneration alone, but would inevitably have to assume the form of an open violent overthrow. In what political form could this take place? In this respect, only the main tendencies can be revealed. By Thermidorian overthrow, the Left Opposition always understood such a shifting of power from the proletariat to the bourgeoisie which is in essence already decisive, but is accomplished formally still within the frame-work of the Soviet system under the banner of one faction of the official party against the other. In contrast to this, the Bonapartist overthrow appears as a more open, "riper" form of the bourgeois counter-revolution, carried out against the Soviet system and the Bolshevik party as a whole, in the form of the naked sabre which is raised in the name of bourgeois property. The crushing of the Right wing of the party and its renunciation of its platform, diminish the chances of the first, step-by- step, veiled, that is, the Thermidorian form of the overthrow. The plebiscitary degeneration of the party apparatus undoubtedly increases the chances of the Bonapartist form. However, Thermidor and Bonapartism represent no irreconcilable class types, but are only stages of development of the same type, 30