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5 - Stalin as Prime Minister: power and the Politburo, By J. Arch Getty

Stalin as Prime Minister: power and the Politburo By J. Arch Getty, Professor of History, Department of History UCLAEdited by Sarah Davies, University of Durham,James Harris, University of LeedsPublisher: Cambridge University Pressbeing Chapter 5 of Stalin: A New History, Edited by Sarah Davies, University of Durham,James Harris, University of Leeds   Publisher: Cambridge University Press Online publication date: November 2009Print publication year: 2005
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Excerpts from Historical Materialism: A System of Sociology By Nikolai Bukharin, 1921.

Excerpts from Historical Materialism: A System of Sociology By Nikolai Bukharin, 1921. e. The Use of Contradictions in the Histori- cal Process The basis of all things is therefore the law of change, the law of constant mo- tion. Two philosophers particularly (the an- cient Heraclitus and the modern Hegel, as we have already seen) formulated this law of change, but they did not stop there. They also set up the question of the manner in which the process operates. The answer they discovered was that changes are pro- duced by constant internal contradictions, internal struggle. Thus, Heraclitus [73] de- clared: "Conflict is the mother of all happen- ings," while Hegel said: "Contradiction is the power that moves things." There is no doubt of the correctness of this law. A moment's thought will con- vince the reader. For, if there were no con- flict, no clash of forces, the world would be in a condition of unchanging, stable equilib- rium, i.e., complete and absolute p…