By Robert V. Daniels
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However much we may try to "lend the economic struggle itself a political character" we shall never be able to develop the political consciousness of the workers (to the level of Social-Democratic political consciousness) by keeping within the framework of the economic struggle, for that framework is too narrow. Class political consciousness can be brought to the workers onlyfromwithout, that is, only from outside of the economic struggle, from outside of the sphere of relations between workers and employers.
Together with these adjustments Stalin overhauled the basic political theory of Marxism by asserting the long-term positive role of the state in overcoming economic obstacles and developing the socialist society, instead of withering away. Stalin simply made his theory conform to what he had actually been doing, with the characteristic twist that the new version was alleged to have been the only correct interpretation of Marxism all along. Stalin's transformation of the aims and practices of Communism was directly responsible for fundamental changes in the realm of Communist thinking, not only with respect to what was thought but with respect to the basic function of doctrine in the Communist system.
It will be the same with the Russian proletariat. They have given in to it up to now only when it demands, and in the future will give it only what it And what does the Russian working class not need? It is completely deprived of what its foreign comrades freely and quietly enjoy: participation in the administration of the state, freedom of speech and of the press, freedom of organization and assembly—in a word, all those instruments and means with which the WestEuropean and American proletariat improves its position and at the same time struggles for its final liberation, against private property and capitalism—for socialism.
A Documentary History of Communism in Russia: From Lenin to Gorbachev by Robert V. Daniels