V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on September 27, 1922
Published: Printed from the original. Published for the first time in the Fourth (Russian) Edition of the Collected Works.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1976], Moscow, Volume 35, page 554.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Bukharin,

I send you today’s Pravda. Now, why print stupidities in the guise of the article by Pletnyov,[1] who puts on pompous airs with all the learned and fashionable words he can? I have marked two stupidities and put a number of question marks. The author has to learn not “proletarian” science, but simply to learn. Can it be that the editorial board of Pravda is not going to explain the author’s mistakes to him? Why, this is falsification of historical materialism! Playing at historical materialism!



[1] Pletnyov, V. F. (1886–1942)—one of the leaders of the Proletcult. He and A. Bogdanov spread anti-Marxist reactionary ideas on culture and art claiming that such ideas represented “proletarian culture”. For a criticism of the views of the Proletcult supporters see present edition, Vol. 29, p. 336, and Vol. 31, pp. 316–17.

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