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Stalin, Joseph, 1878-1953. The foundations of Leninism - Image 33. 1932. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 24, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/5161/show/5061.

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Stalin, Joseph, 1878-1953. (1932). The foundations of Leninism - Image 33. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/5161/show/5061

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Title The foundations of Leninism
Creator (LCNAF)
  • Stalin, Joseph, 1878-1953
Publisher International Publishers
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • New York, New York
Date 1932
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Communism
Subject.Name (LCNAF)
  • Vsesoi︠u︡znai︠a︡ kommunisticheskai︠a︡ partii︠a︡ (bolʹshevikov)
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  • Soviet Union
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  • pamphlets
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Extent 125 pages; 18 cm
Original Item Location DK254.L4S793F71
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b8304488~S5
Original Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
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Note Translation of O Lenine i leninizme.
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Transcript THEORY 29 for his "lack of concern" for matters of philosophy, did not even dare to make a serious attempt to undertake such a task. (2) Criticism of the "Theory" of Spontaneity, or the Role of the Vanguard in the Movement The "theory" of spontaneity is the theory of opportunism. It is the theory of deference to the spontaneity of the labour movement, the theory that actually denies to the vanguard of the working class, to the party of the working class, its leading role. The theory of deference to spontaneity is decidedly opposed to the revolutionary character of the labour movement ; it is opposed to the movement following the line of struggle against the foundations of capitalism and is in favour of the movement following exclusively the line of "possible" demands which are "acceptable" to and can be carried out under capitalism. It is wholly in favour of the "Line of least resistance." The theory of spontaneity represents the ideology of trade unionism. The theory of deference to spontaneity is decidedly opposed to giving the spontaneous movement a conscious, methodical character. It is opposed to the Party marching ahead of the working class, elevating the masses to the level of class consciousness and leading the movement. It argues that the class conscious elements of the movement should not prevent the movement from taking its own course and that the Party be subservient to the spontaneous movement and follow in its trail. The theory of spontaneity is the theory of belittling the role of the class conscious element in the movement, the ideology of "dragging at the tail," of "khvostism" *—the logical basis of all opportunism. In practice this theory, which appeared in Russia even before the first revolution, led its adherents, the so-called * From the Russian, khvost, meaning tail.—Ed. I