July 1929 Inprecorr, ix, 45, p. 964, 30 August 1929


Having acquainted itself with the decision of the point plenum of the CG and CCG of the CPSU (b) of 23 April removing Comrade Bukharin from work in the Comintern, the plenum of the ECCI declares:

Already before the sixth congress of the Comintern, Comrade Bukharin showed signs of disagreement with the general political line of the CPSU (b). In the course of the struggle carried on by Bukharin and those who share his views against the policy of the party this disagreement assumed the form of a separate opportunist platform, in substance a right deviation platform. . . .

Comrade Bukharin's errors in regard to the policy of the CPSU (b) are inseparably connected with his erroneous line in international policy. By underestimating the socialist offensive of the CPSU(b), as a factor undermining capitalist stabilization, Bukharin, together with Humbert-Droz, Serra, Ewert, and others, is in fact providing an ideological-political basis for the policy of the right elements throughout the Communist International. Contrary to the line of the Comintern, and especially, contrary to the decisions of the sixth congress, Comrade Bukharin is slipping over to the opportunist denial of the fact of the evergrowing shakiness of capitalist stabilization, which inevitably leads to denial of the rising of a new revolutionary tide in the labour movement. At the bottom of Comrade Bukharin's attitude is his anti-Marxist 'theory' of the weakening of the inner contradictions of capitalism which he tries to smuggle through by phrases about the preservation of capitalist anarchy exclusively on the world market. This kind of 'theory', which serves as an ideological basis for all the right elements in the Comintern, is refuted by the whole development of capitalism and is, in substance, nothing but capitulation before reformist ideology (Hilferding theory of the

'recuperation of capitalism').

Comrade Bukharin's article 'The Theory of Organized Economic Disorder' (Pravda, 30 June 1929) shows that far from repudiating his anti-Marxist 'theory' about the weakening of the inner contradictions of capitalism he is persisting in his errors and is deepening them.

In this connexion, it is perfectly clear that Comrade Bukharin's and his followers' lamentations about the 'disintegration' of the Comintern are a method of cowardly support of the right elements, the struggle against whom was and is the main task in the Communist International. Comrade Bukharin and his group are trying to discredit in every possible way the healthy process of purging the communist parties of social-democratic elements, an absolutely necessary process particularly in view of the rising revolutionary tide, and to weaken thereby the struggle of the Comintern against the right renegades. Being the centre of attraction for all right elements in the Comintern, Comrade Bukharin and his group, by preaching pessimism, defeatism, and disbelief in the strength of the working class, are not only putting new life into all anti-Leninist tendencies, but are helping to undermine bolshevik discipline.

Comrade Bukharin's opportunist wobblings have resulted in him trying, behind the back of the party, to constitute an unprincipled bloc with former Trotskyites for struggle against the CPSU(b) and the Comintern.

In view of all this, the plenum of the ECCI, while confirming the decision of the joint plenum of the CC and CCC of the CPSU(b) to remove Comrade Bukharin from work in the Comintern, resolves to relieve him of his post of member of the presidium of the ECCI.




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