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After the suppression, it was NEP and the conclusion of the alliance of the bureaucracy and the peasantry against the proletariat. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? This led the Trotskyist Opposition to develop this new theme: In the person of Serge Tiyunov, the Workers Group in our isolator possessed a highly educated, very active, uncompromising representative. Login or register to post comments. Amiri Barksdale marked it as to-read Feb 16, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

The doors of prison and exile opened before them, while they awaited the arrival of the execution squads.

The Russian Enigma by Ante Ciliga

Open Preview See a Problem? Luckily, there’s a range of ways you can filter the library content to suit your needs, from casual browsing to researching a particular topic. He wrote that one possible reason for the rise of Joseph Stalin was that many Soviet politicians, even committed communists, believed that the Soviet Union consists of backward, Asiatic peoples who need a dictatorship.

War and Revolution in Yugoslavia, — I belonged to that young Communist generation that had been raised on the idea that Lenin was sacrosanct.

But these forms had not been invented by Stalin.

The Russian Enigma

It is the third year of my imprisonment. The birth of Glasgow’s anarchism. I was dumbfounded when I discovered that the Communist Party leaders themselves were fully aware of this. But this re-evaluation which in fact rejected all the post-October ideas of Lenin, and put in question even abte of pre-October, was effected only slowly, step by step. Comments Spikymike Jul 31 Pluto Press January 1, Language: Books by Ante Ciliga.


I’ve edited the entry and uploaded a English pdf version of this. To the myth fabricated by Stalin, it did not oppose a serious study of the facts, but another myth.

And thereupon comes the Five Year Plan, which antd war on the petty-bourgeoisie and liquidates it. It was only at the time of the Five Year Plan that the strengthened bureaucracy turned on its provisional allies — the middle peasants and the kulaks.

In November we remember – Jon Bekken. That you could have slandered them, that you could have distorted the sense of their rightful aspirations? Such fussian the relations between the leader and the masses at the russiqn point of the revolution.

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He reached the conclusion that the manner in which Lenin organized ebigma had handed it over entirely into the hands of the bureaucracy. Lenin was not a partisan of the total destruction of the old economic order, but of a kind of equilibrium of the old and the new, for their co-existence.

I subjected Lenin to criticism, the leader and the prophet, crowned by the immortal glory of the revolution, and even more by the legend and the mystification of the post-revolutionary myth. Ante Ciliga got drawn into the infighting between Soviet Communist party following the death of Lenin. Lenin justified his new policy by the weakness of the proletariat.

If we are not strong enough to be the masters of the country, then we must pass over to active opposition. That conception left the forces and perspectives of socialism somewhat in the shade.

He also stood for a no compromise decision, like Shlyapnikov, but with the difference that he was for sole power to the bureaucracy.


Arrested by the GPU because of his opposition to the policies of the Soviet government, he was deported to a labor camp in Siberia. If the period of social upsurge, of revolutionary exaltation, was characterized by the fact that the masses succeeded in drawing Lenin behind them, the decline and bankruptcy of the revolution rjssian the antagonism between Lenin and the worker masses, and his victory over them.

In fact, during the civil war the central bureaucracy had not teased to spread, and had taken over the factories. The Democratic Centralist group found itself in a very different position when Lenin was in question.

Ante Ciliga

The majority, like the majority of Trotskyists, capitulated. Making himself the spokesman of the Soviet bureaucracy non-party as well as Communistwith unshakeable firmness he wrested the factories from the workers Communist and non-party wrenched from them cilig their essential conquest, the one weapon they could use to take another step towards their emancipation, towards socialism.

In the criticism rrussian the Lenin of the revolutionary period the tone was set by the Workers Opposition ofmore accurately, by its left wing, which took an organized form inunder the name of the Workers Enigm.

On hearing the resolutions and the speeches of Lenin on the Workers Opposition, Shlyapnikov exclaimed at the end of the Tenth Congress: The Stansted 15 protesters, who stopped a government deportation flight from taking off in March last year, have today been found guilty of breaching terror laws.

Retrieved from ” https: Few of Ciliga’s extensive writings have appeared in English translation.