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V. I. Lenin
ONE STEP FORWARD TWO STEPS BACK
(THE CRISIS IN OUR PARTY)

Written in February-May 1904
Published in book form
in Geneva, May 1904

Published according to
the book text after collation
with the manuscript and
with the text of the collection
Vl. Ilyin, Twelve Years, 1907

From V. I. Lenin, Collected Works, 4th English Edition,
Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1965
Second Edition
Vol. 7, pp. 203-425.
Translated by Abraham Fineberg and by Naomi Jochel
Edited by Clemens Dutt
Prepared \u00a9 for the Internet by David J. Romagnolo,
djr@marx2mao.org (May 1997)
(Corrected and Updated December 2001)
ONE STEP FORWARD, TWO STEPS BACK (The Crisis in
Our Party). .
203
Preface. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
205
A. The Preparations for the Congress. . . . . . . . . .
209
B.Significance of the Various Groupings at the Congress.
.
211
C.Beginning of the Congress. The Organizing Committee
Incident. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
214

D. Dissolution of the Yuzhny Rabochy Group. . . . . . . 223 E. The Equality of Languages Incident. . . . . . . . . . 226 F. The Agrarian Program. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

233
G. The Party Rules. Comrade Martov's Draft. . . . . . . 241
H.Discussion on Centralism Prior to the Split among the
Iskra-ists. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
250
I. Paragraph One of the Rules. . . . . . . . . . . . .
255
J.Innocent Victums of a False Accusation of
Opportunism .
278
K.Continuation of the Debate on the Rules. Composition
of
the Council. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
289
L.Conclusion of the Debate on the Rules. Co-optation to
the Central Bodies. Withdrawl of the Rabocheye Dyelo
Delegates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
294
M. The Elections. End of the Congress. . . . . . . . . . 308
N.General Picture of the Struggle at the Congress. The
Revolutionary and Opportunist Wings of the Party. . .
.
335
O. After the Congress. Two Methods of Struggle. . . . . . 349
P.Little Annoyances Should Not Stand in the Way of a
Big
Pleasure. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
368
Q.The NewIskra. Opportunism in Questions of
Organisation
379
R.A Few Words on Dialectics. Two Revolutions. . . . .
.
410
Appendix. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
416
NOTES
page 205
ONE STEP FORWARD,
TWO STEPS BACK
(THE CRISIS IN OUR PARTY)[88]

Written in February-May 1904
Published in book form
in Geneva, May 1904

Published according to
the book text after collation
with the manuscript and
with the text of the collection
Vl. Ilyin, Twelve Years, 1907

page 204[b lan k]
page 205
PREFACE

When a prolonged, stubborn and heated struggle is in progress, there usually begin to
emerge after a time the central and fundamental points at issue, upon the decision of
which the ultimate outcome of the campaign depends, and in comparison with which all
the minor and petty episodes of the struggle recede more and more into the background.

That, too, is how matters stand in the struggle within our Party, which for six months
now has been riveting the attention of all members of the Party. And precisely because in
the present outline of the whole struggle I have had to refer to many details which are of
infinitesimal interest, and to many squabbles which at bottom are of no interest whatever,
I should like from the very outset to draw the reader's attention to two really central and
fundamental points, points which are of tremendous interest, of undoubted historical
significance, and which are the most urgent political questions confronting our Party
today.

The first question is that of the political significance of the division of our Party into
"majority" and "minority" which took shape at the Second Party Congress and pushed all
previous divisions among Russian Social-Democrats far into the background.

The second question is that of the significance in principle of the newIsk ra's position
on organisational questions, insofar as this position is really based on principle.

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