First published in 1924 in the book: G. M. Krzhizhanovsky, Tovaroobmen i planovaya rabota, Moscow.
Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, , Moscow, Volume 35, pages 497-498.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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May 26, 1921
I think it is necessary for the State Planning Commission to work out two things:
(1) through the statistical subcommission, to draw up a kind of index-number.
A monthly summary of the chief data of our economic life (figures and a curve). Approximately:
Output of fuel
The main data about other branches of industry:
% of workers engaged in production;
% of under-fulfilment of sowing plan;
state of agricultural production;
% of locomotives out of action;
absolute number of pood-versts;
timber, wood fuel, etc.;
supplies of foodstuffs, etc.;
(in each case a comparison with the previous year and with pre-war).
Without this we shall not have a survey of economic life.
This is one of the fundamentals for the work of the State Planning Commission.
(2) A subcommission of economic statistics.
The Central Statistical Hoard should ho made into an organisation that does analysis for us, current, not “ scientific” analysis. For example:
How many superfluous people fed?
How many superfluous factories?
How should raw materials be redistributed? And labour-power?
The economic work of the army?
Statisticians must be our practical assistants, not engage in scholastics.
Think over this, and drop me a line about the results.