San Francisco, CA: Proletarian Publishers, c1970. Unknown edition, unknown printing [copyright is 1934]. Trade paperback. 96 pages. Occasional footnotes. Reference Notes. Proletarian Publishers was started in 1972 as a rebuttal to the Communist Party, USA. The San Francisco based organization sought to build a multinational Marxist-Leninist Communist Party. They viewed CPUSA as revision of Bolshevik communism and a major deterrent from a true multinational communist party. They published throughout the 1970s on topics related to communism and Marxism. Vladimir Viktorovich Adoratsky (1878–1945) was a Russian revolutionary, Soviet historian, Marxist Philosopher and political theorist. Born in Kazan in to a poor merchant family, he graduated in law from Kazan University, and joined the Bolshevik faction of the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party in 1904. Arrested in 1905, he was deported to Astrakhan province. After his release he emigrated to Geneva. Later, he lived in Paris, London - where he met Sidney and Beatrice Webb, Berlin and Munchen, returning to Russia in 1918. In 1920-28, he was assistant manager of the Central Archives Board, in 1928-31, deputy director of the Lenin Institute, and in 1932 a member of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. In the 1920s, he edited volumes of philosophical writings by Marx and Engels, and Lenin, and wrote a number of works on the Marxist theory of the state and law, and on the philosophy and history of Marxism. Early in 1931, Adoratsky became head of the merged Marx-Engels and Lenin Institutes. He also led the USSR Academy of Sciences Institute of Philosophy in 1936-39. He retired due to ill health in 1939, he died in Moscow in 1945. But private property in the means of production— which is the very foundation of capitalism—hampers and fetters the further development of the productive forces. The proletariat alone can break those fetters; after it has established its dictatorship the proletariat must smash
the machinery of the bourgeois state; it must defend its own state power in civil war and crush the opposition of the bourgeoisie; it must take over large-scale industry and transform the means of production into social property, in order to reshape production on socialist lines, and, on the ruins of capitalism and using the material left over from capitalism, give the widest possible development to socialist production with all possible speed. The proletariat assumes the leadership of the non-proletarian sections of society that are oppressed and exploited by capitalism. Under the guidance of the industrial proletariat, and with the help of its dictatorship, a complete transformation of production takes place and the small producers are turned into members of a socialist society. The proletariat thereby creates a new material basis for human relationships. By means of the class struggle, and with the help of its dictatorship, it abolishes classes and achieves a classless society. Such is the historical mission of the proletariat throughout the whole world. Condition: Good.
Keywords: Communism, Proletariat, Marxism-Leninism, Social Development, Revolution, Materialist Dialectics, Socialist Thought, Nature, Human Knowledge