V. I.   Lenin


Written: Written in December 1913
Published: First published in 1930 in Lenin Miscellany XIII. Sent from Cracow to Vienna. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 267.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Comrade,

We were very willingly preparing to publish your article on Struve’s book.[2] But in a second reading we realised that the passage about the serf economy would inevitably be understood in Party circles as advice to delete the confiscation of landed estates in the Programme. This needs discussing. Why not throw out the passage for the time being? We thought you did not want to start a discussion just at present.

If we are wrong, and you did want to start a discussion, drop us a line: if you insist, we shall carry the article....[1]


[1] Here the MS. breaks off.—Ed.

[2] N. I. Bukharin’s article “Mr. Struve’s Hocus-Pocuses” appeared in Prosveshcheniye No. 12, 1913, as a review of P. B. Struve’s book, The Economy and Price. Part One. The Economy and Society.Price-Value. St. Petersburg-Moscow. Ryabushinsky Publishers, 1913. On Lenin’s advice, the section on the serf economy was deleted.

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