V. I.   Lenin

Plan of an Article “Commercial Organisation”[4]

Written: Written in October or November, 1921
Published: First published in 1959 in Lenin Miscellany XXXVI. Printed from the manuscript.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Second Printing, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 42, pages 357c-358.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: D. Walters
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Will this do for a slogan?

Commerce”? = capitalism.

(α) “State capitalism”. Its advantages.

(β) War conditions excluded “commerce”

(γ) The transition to communism” was very often (both for war reasons and owing to almost absolute poverty and to mistakes, a number of mistakes) made without the intervening stages of socialism (communism vs socialism)

(δ) “Accounting and control”?

(ε) Should pay for itself.

c + v + s s — accumulation    —maintenance of the state

Allegemein Theoretisches[1]

War” = dictatorship of the proletariat.

(α) Politics 25.X.1917—5.I.1918
(β) Weltpolitik. Brester Frieden.[2]
(γ) Civil war.
(δ) Fighting “economic crisis”, i.e., the petty- bourgeois elements? post-war indiscipline? disintegration? inefficiency?

Condition for victory in war: supreme effort.

Commercial organisation
=supreme effort reducing enterprises to a minimum, their concentration
= checking results
= “thrift”. Either-or:

aut 100,000 + 500,000 16.. .1/4 lb. for a peasant?[3]
aut supreme effort, reduction, “pressure” (?)
Had enough of indolence, slovenliness, petty profiteering, thieving, laxity.

Why not “thrift”? — freedom of trade
— state capitalism
— currency system.


[1] General theoretical propositions.—Ed.

[2] World politics. The peace of Brest.—Ed.

[3] These figures have not been deciphered.—Ed.

[4] The article under this title was not written.

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