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Forum: Literature & Films Today, 15:09
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Posted By Ismail
"Political Power in the U.S.S.R." (1948 work, PDF)

https://archive.org/details/PoliticalPowerInTheUSSR

Scanned by me.

To quote from Andrew Rothstein's review in The Anglo-Soviet Journal's Autumn 1949 issue:
Forum: Opposing Ideologies Yesterday, 17:18
Replies: 152
Views: 3,426
Posted By Ismail
Well considering that the Soviet voter did not...

Well considering that the Soviet voter did not have to pay a poll tax, did not need to prove that their grandparents voted, and in fact didn't even need to be a Soviet citizen to participate in...
Forum: Opposing Ideologies Yesterday, 05:20
Replies: 152
Views: 3,426
Posted By Ismail
In the debate with the Trotskyists "one clique"...

In the debate with the Trotskyists "one clique" represented the interests of the vast majority of the party. The debate lasted for about four years (1923-27) and concerned fundamental questions of...
Forum: Opposing Ideologies Yesterday, 04:01
Replies: 152
Views: 3,426
Posted By Ismail
To put it more precisely, 96% of Soviet citizens...

To put it more precisely, 96% of Soviet citizens had the ability to vote or hold office as of 1931 (Webbs, Soviet Communism Vol. I, 1936, p. 20.)
Forum: Opposing Ideologies Yesterday, 02:13
Replies: 152
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Posted By Ismail
After the revolution certain classes and strata...

After the revolution certain classes and strata of society were disqualified from voting or holding office: persons employing hired labor, persons living on unearned (e.g. from interest or profiting...
Forum: Opposing Ideologies Yesterday, 01:24
Replies: 152
Views: 3,426
Posted By Ismail
Leninism isn't about "Lenin's own conception of...

Leninism isn't about "Lenin's own conception of socialism." His conception of socialism was fundamentally the same as that of Marx and Engels, as is obvious from reading The State and Revolution.
...
Forum: Opposing Ideologies Yesterday, 01:11
Replies: 152
Views: 3,426
Posted By Ismail
Capitalism already existed in Russia, creating a...

Capitalism already existed in Russia, creating a sizable working-class heavily concentrated in a few industrial centers, an essential precondition for the development of a proletarian class...
Forum: Opposing Ideologies Yesterday, 00:49
Replies: 152
Views: 3,426
Posted By Ismail
I didn't bring up Pyatakov to argue about the...

I didn't bring up Pyatakov to argue about the Moscow Trials. I brought him up to show that, contrary to oneday's claim, it was possible to suffer peaceful political defeat and yet continue to be a...
Forum: Opposing Ideologies 1st July 2015, 23:58
Replies: 152
Views: 3,426
Posted By Ismail
After a few years in office he was accused of...

After a few years in office he was accused of encouraging acts of sabotage in industry on behalf of a larger effort by the Trotskyists to destabilize the economy, sow discontent among the workers,...
Forum: Opposing Ideologies 1st July 2015, 23:52
Replies: 152
Views: 3,426
Posted By Ismail
That's a bit silly. Many former oppositionists,...

That's a bit silly. Many former oppositionists, not just followers of Trotsky but also those of Bukharin (including Bukharin himself) and earlier group such as the "Workers' Opposition" could be...
Forum: Opposing Ideologies 1st July 2015, 23:19
Replies: 152
Views: 3,426
Posted By Ismail
If you want to understand how the party operated...

If you want to understand how the party operated I once again recommend reading Part II of Sloan's book Soviet Democracy (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1ZP6ZurgOg-R1pjc2NVQkQxYmM/view),...
Forum: Opposing Ideologies 1st July 2015, 22:54
Replies: 152
Views: 3,426
Posted By Ismail
I already noted that the Soviet press was full of...

I already noted that the Soviet press was full of criticism of shortcomings in production and abuses of power. There was also plenty of something else you'd expect from that: constructive proposals...
Forum: Opposing Ideologies 1st July 2015, 20:40
Replies: 152
Views: 3,426
Posted By Ismail
Why it happened isn't hard to understand. The...

Why it happened isn't hard to understand. The other parties (the Kadets, Mensheviks, SRs, and local nationalist parties) either opposed the victory of soviet power from the get-go or showed their...
Forum: Literature & Films 1st July 2015, 01:40
Replies: 0
Views: 68
Posted By Ismail
"Soviet Russia and the Baltic Republics" (1944 pamphlet, PDF)

https://archive.org/details/SovietRussiaAndTheBalticRepublics

Grover Furr scanned this 'cause I thought it sounded interesting and it's only 52 pages. Its main purpose is to demonstrate the...
Forum: Opposing Ideologies 30th June 2015, 20:03
Replies: 152
Views: 3,426
Posted By Ismail
Before the elections (and indeed before the...

Before the elections (and indeed before the October Revolution itself) it was thought that the Assembly could play a revolutionary role in the "peaceful" transfer of all power to the soviets. Those...
Forum: Opposing Ideologies 30th June 2015, 18:14
Replies: 152
Views: 3,426
Posted By Ismail
According to a reliably anti-communist source...

According to a reliably anti-communist source which defends the Assembly (Schapiro, The Origin of the Communist Autocracy, 1977) there were certain members of the party (Bukharin, Zinoviev, Ryazanov,...
Forum: Opposing Ideologies 30th June 2015, 17:24
Replies: 152
Views: 3,426
Posted By Ismail
In other words the Bolsheviks supported popular...

In other words the Bolsheviks supported popular demands, like any other effective political movement in history. They called for the convening of the Assembly under Tsarism and in the early months of...
Forum: Opposing Ideologies 30th June 2015, 15:33
Replies: 152
Views: 3,426
Posted By Ismail
It's a bit difficult to argue that the Bolsheviks...

It's a bit difficult to argue that the Bolsheviks pursued an "infantalisation of the working class" when it was precisely the working-class which gave the Bolsheviks a majority in industrial areas.
...
Forum: Opposing Ideologies 30th June 2015, 15:02
Replies: 152
Views: 3,426
Posted By Ismail
For the record Lenin and Stalin criticized...

For the record Lenin and Stalin criticized advocates of so-called "proletarian culture" like the Proletkult and the RAPP, which had attacked Mayakovsky and other important writers and poets. See:...
Forum: Opposing Ideologies 29th June 2015, 19:48
Replies: 152
Views: 3,426
Posted By Ismail
No I do not. The Constituent Assembly could have...

No I do not. The Constituent Assembly could have become an organ serving soviet democracy or it could have become (as it did) an organ of bourgeois democracy. It all depended on the circumstances as...
Forum: Opposing Ideologies 29th June 2015, 16:35
Replies: 152
Views: 3,426
Posted By Ismail
As I noted before, the Bolsheviks supported the...

As I noted before, the Bolsheviks supported the convening of the Assembly because it was still a popular demand. There was also the possibility, if the pro-soviet forces had attained a majority, that...
Forum: Opposing Ideologies 29th June 2015, 15:15
Replies: 152
Views: 3,426
Posted By Ismail
Even if the Bolsheviks had won 99% of the vote...

Even if the Bolsheviks had won 99% of the vote with 99% of the entire population participating they would still have put forward the Declaration of the Rights of the Working and Exploited People upon...
Forum: Philosophy 29th June 2015, 03:30
Replies: 6
Views: 110
Posted By Ismail
It's a Soviet introduction to philosophy written...

It's a Soviet introduction to philosophy written two years before the USSR ceased to exist. Obviously it has at least some grounding in Marxist analysis. There's not much else to say.

For a...
Forum: Literature & Films 29th June 2015, 01:10
Replies: 2
Views: 94
Posted By Ismail
For the record this is how those sentences are...

For the record this is how those sentences are translated in my copy of Capital put out by the Foreign Languages Publishing House of Moscow in 1961:

"The diversity of these measures has its origin...
Forum: Opposing Ideologies 28th June 2015, 22:19
Replies: 152
Views: 3,426
Posted By Ismail
"But, notwithstanding a decree of November 17th ...

"But, notwithstanding a decree of November 17th giving powers to the Government to suppress hostile newspapers, which was adopted by a narrow majority (thirty-four—twenty-four) by the All-Russian...
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