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Stalin, Joseph, 1878-1953. The foundations of Leninism - Image 108. 1932. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 22, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/5161/show/5136.

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Stalin, Joseph, 1878-1953. (1932). The foundations of Leninism - Image 108. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/5161/show/5136

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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)
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • 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
Digital Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
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Note Translation of O Lenine i leninizme.
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Transcript 104 FOUNDATIONS OF LENINISM This is the position in regard to reforms and agreements under imperialism. The situation changes somewhat, hoAvever, after the overthrow of imperialism, under the dictatorship of the proletariat. Faced by certain conditions and certain attendant circumstances, the proletarian power may find itself constrained to abandon the straight and narrow path leading to the revolutionary reconstruction of the existing order and take the path of gradual change, the "reformist path," as Lenin says in his well-known article "On the Importance of Gold," a roundabout path, a path of reforms and concessions to the non-proletarian classes in order to disintegrate these classes, give the revolution a respite, collect its forces and prepare for a new attack. It cannot be denied that, in a sense, this is a reformist path. But there is a fundamental difference that we must bear in mind, and that is that in this case the reform emanates from the proletarian state, that it strengthens the proletarian state, that it procures for it a necessary breathing space, that its purpose is to disintegrate, not the revolution, but the non-proletarian classes. Under such circumstances reforms are converted into their exact opposites. The proletarian power is able to adopt such a policy because and only because the sweep of the revolution in the preceding period was sufficiently vast and allowred sufficient leeway to permit of retreat, substituting offensive tactics by tactics of temporary retreat, of detour tactics. Thus, while formerly, under the bourgeois regime, reforms were a by-product of the revolution, now, under the dictatorship of the proletariat, the source of reforms is the revolutionary gains of the proletariat, the reserves accumulated in the hands of the proletariat which consist of these gains. "Only Marxism defines the relation of reforms to revolu-