In his thoroughly entertaining address to the fifteenth congress in 1917, Stalin homes in on defects within the party. One of these concerns rowing with the current:

A third shortcoming. This consists in the desire of a number of our comrades to swim with the stream, smoothly and calmly, without perspective, without looking into the future, in such a way that a festive and holiday atmosphere should be felt all around, that we should have celebration meetings every day, with applause everywhere, and that all of us should be elected in turn as honorary members of all sorts of presidiums. (Laughter, applause.) (Work, vol. 10, p. 341)

A bit tricky, that one. How do you show approval for a comment that suggests you shouldn’t show approval too readily?

Stalin 12 (1920)

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