Archives for category: Why did Stalin emerge as leader of the Soviet Union 1924-1929?
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Liberals:
Individuals can influence the course of history, therefore we regard Stalin’s individual qualities -as a deceiver and a manipulator- to be largely attribute to his rise. You can see this from the heavy reliance on people who suffered under Stalin, showing that communism is intrinsically evil.

Leftists:
We need food surpluses! The only way we can get this is by force.

Leftists:
After the death of Lenin, we saw the NEP, with its capitalist elements of free enterprise, as something that betrayed the revolution. It compromised with peasantry, allowing them right to sell surplus, holding back the move between a true proletarian, socialist state.

Trotsky:
By this point, I just couldn’t stand all the bureaucracy in the party- I mean, Marxism states that decisions are supposedly made by representatives of the proletariat, not officials! So, I said that the party was losing revolutionary spirit, making me unpopular. In early 1924, I was already disfavored by the party, facing the triumvirate of Stalin, Zinoviev and Kamenev. My unpopularity also showed in the small number of votes I got in the Thirteenth Party Conference in 1924.

Stalin:
At Stalin’s funeral, I was privileged enough to be deliver the oration, enabling myself to be recognized as the chief mourner of the tragedy and as the continuer of Lenin.

Stalin
From 1923-1925 I increased my power within the party by launching Lenin Enrollment, aiming to increase number of true proletarians in party ranks. Being poorly educated and politically naive, I was able to sway the party to my favor, as the additional jobs allowed better the poor to enjoy better living standards.

Stalin:
I held an array of posts even before General Secretary. From 1917 to 1923 I was already Commissar for Nationalities, in 1919 I was appointed as Liaison Officer (allowing me to monitor party personnel and policy), head of Workers’ and Peasants’ Inspectorate (allowing me to oversee work of all govt. dept.s). I did not, however secure the role of Gen. Secretary until 1922, giving me access to a wealth of information on party members, as well as the right of patronage (allowing me to promote my supporters to key positions). For example, in 1926 I replaced the disloyal Zinoviev with Kirov.

Lenin:
Following my death, I had not indicated what power structure should be in place. This created weakness in the party, which that scoundrel Stalin used to his advantage. By this time Stalin had already laid the foundations for his ascension, and Stalin being a dirty opportunist, bugged my home (would you believe that!) and acquired intelligence concerning the role of the leader in the Politburo. By 1922, that rascal was already General Secretary, gaining much influence 1924.

Stalin:
Trotsky and I- our different personalities influenced the way we reacted to circumstances after 1924. I was an outsider from Russian revolutionary circles, and thus developed an independent personality. Influenced by socialism, I developed a deep class hatred, and brought my own ideas into the revolutionary movement. I robbed for the party, showing ruthlessness. Most of all, I think my biggest strength was being an organizer, willing to obey orders, and proved himself as one of Lenin’s most loyal followers.