Lenin on Organization

“Every moment we have free from military activities, from war, we must devote to study.”

 — V.I. Lenin, Speech at Fourth Congress of Comintern

“It is better that ten men who work shall not call themselevs members of the Party (real workers do not chase after titles) than that one gas-bag should have the right and the opportunity to be a member of the Party.”

 — V.I. Lenin, Speech at the Second Congress of the Party, p. 190 of Lenin on Organization, Daily Worker Publishing, 1926

“Comrade Axelrod must certainly know that the Girondists of the modern Social Democratic movement  frequently resort to terms like “Jacobinism” and “Blanquism” to describe their opponents. . . . Who warns us that the bourgeois intellectuals are thoroughly imbued with opportunism? The Jacobins of Social Democracy.  . . . The real cause of the fear of conspiracy and of Blanquism is to be attributed not to the characteristics revealed in the practice of the movement (as Bernstein & Co. have been long and earnestly trying to prove), but to the Girondist timidity of the bourgeois intellectuals, whose psychology has so often betrayed itself among present-day Social Democrats.”

 — V.I. Lenin, One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

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