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Stalin, Joseph, 1878-1953. The foundations of Leninism - Image 128. 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/5156.

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Stalin, Joseph, 1878-1953. (1932). The foundations of Leninism - Image 128. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/5161/show/5156

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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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Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
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Note Translation of O Lenine i leninizme.
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Transcript 124 FOUNDATIONS OF LENINISM in this "work." Some gross exaggerations are spun into this yarn, but it describes the disease very well. But no one I think has so ruthlessly and bitterly ridiculed those afflicted with this disease as Lenin has done. Lenin stigmatised this unwholesome belief in inventing plans and decrees as "communist vanity." "Communist vanity," Lenin said, "means that a man who is a member of the Communist Party, and has not yet been cleaned out of the Party imagines that he can solve all his problems by issuing Communist decrees." (Collected Works, Vol. XXVII, pp. 50-51, Russian edition.) Lenin usually contrasted hollow "revolutionary" mouth- ings with plain everyday work, emphasising in this way that "revolutionary" creativeness is alien to the letter and spirit of genuine Leninism. "Less high falutin' phrases and more simple everyday deeds," says Lenin. "Less political chatter and more attention to the simple but vital . . . facts of communist construction. . . ." (Collected Works, Vol. XXIV, pp. 343 and 335, Russian edition.) American efficiency, on the other hand, is an antidote to "revolutionary" phrase-mongering and fantastic invention. American efficiency is that indomitable spirit that neither knows nor will be deterred by any obstacle, that plugs away with businesslike perseverance until every impediment has been removed, that simply must go through with a job once it has been tackled even if it be of minor importance and without which serious constructive work is out of the question. But American efficiency incurs the great risk of degenerating into narrow and unprincipled commercialism unless it is imbued with the wide Russian revolutionary range of action. Who has not heard of that disease of narrow practicality and unprincipled commercialism which has caused the degeneration of certain "Bolsheviks" and their abandonment of the cause of the revolution? We find