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13 Lovestone Becomes a Lovestoneite, 1928–9

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Late 1928 to early 1929 was Lovestone's apex. The anti-Trotsky campaign was integral to his tenure as party leader. Lovestone had genuine affinities to Bukharin, but he also miscalculated in his attempt to position himself with the Comintern leadership. At an American Commission meeting on 12 May, Kuusinen denounced the Lovestoneites' resistance, comparing them to previous 'open oppositionists on the eve of a split'. He told William Z. Foster and Lovestone: 'We demand statements as to whether you will carry out the decision without reservations'. Stalin and the Comintern leadership were enraged at the Lovestoneites. At a 14 May Executive Committee of the Communist International (ECCI) Presidium meeting, Stalin lashed out against them for 'non-submission to the decisions of the Presidium of the E.C.C.I'. and their 'path of insubordination, and hence of warfare against the Comintern'.

Keywords: anti-Trotsky campaign; Bukharin; ECCI Presidium meeting; Lovestone; Lovestoneites' resistance; Stalin

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