V. I.   Lenin



Published: 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, [1976], Moscow, Volume 35, pages 497-498.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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May 26, 1921

Comrade Krzhizhanovsky,

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
” ore
” iron.

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.;

electrification likewise

(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.



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