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Communist International. Congress. Statutes, theses and conditions of admission to the Communist International - Image 49. 1920?. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 2, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/98/show/48.

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Title Statutes, theses and conditions of admission to the Communist International
Alternative Title Statutes, theses and conditions of admission to the Communist International, adopted by the second Congress of the Communist International July 17 to August 7, 1920
Creator (LCNAF)
  • Communist International. Congress
Publisher Workers Party of America
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • New York
Date 1920?
Subject.Name (LCNAF)
  • Communist International
Genre (AAT)
  • pamphlets
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Extent 85 pages; 22 cm.
Original Item Location HX11.I5A5
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b8304554~S11
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
Use and Reproduction This item is in the public domain and may be used freely.
Note Conference: Communist International (2nd Congress : 1920 : Leningrad and Moscow)
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Transcript erroneous idea of the role of the party, which in this case is considered not as a fighting, centralized, advance guard of the workers, but as a decentralized system of badly joined revolutionary nuclei. 17. On the other hand, an acknowledgement of the value of parliamentary work in no wise leads to an absolute, in-all-and- anycase acknowledgement of the necessity of concrete elections and a concrete participation in parliamentary sessions. The matter depends upon a series of specific conditions. Under certain circumstances it may become necessary to leave the parliament. The Bolsheviks did so when they left the pre-parliament in order to break it up, to weaken it, and to set up against it the Petrograd Soviet, which was then prepared to head the uprising; they acted in the same way in the Constituent Assembly on the day of its dissolution, converting the Third Congress of Soviets into the centre of political events. In other circumstances a boycotting of the elections may be necessary, and a direct, violent storming of both the great bourgeois State apparatus and the parliamentary bourgeois clique, or a participation in the elections with a boycott of the parliament itself, etc. 18. In this way, while recognizing as a general rule the necessity of participating in the election to the central parliament, and the institutions of local self-government, as well as in the work in such institutions, the Communist Party must decide the question concretely, according to the specific conditions of the given moment. Boycotting the elections or the parliament, or leaving the parliament, is permissible, chiefly when there is a possibility of an immediate transition to an armed fight for power. 19. At the same time one must constantly bear in mind the relative unimportance of this question. If the center of gravity lies in the struggle for the power outside the parliament, then naturally the question of a proletarian dictatorship and a mass fight for it is immeasurably greater than the secondary one of using the parliament. 20. Therefore the Communist International insists categorically that it considers any division or attempt at a division within the Communist Parties along this line a crime against the labor movement. The Congress calls upon all the elements which are in favor of the mass struggle for the proletarian dictatorship, and of being under the direction of a centralized party of the [ 49 ]