When we have a look at our communist movement, in a number of cases there could be observed really childish attitudes and moods in relationships between the parties. We don’t deal with the “Infantile Disorder of Left-Wing Communism” in this cases but rather with unwillingness to see and hear something one doesn’t like. Not long ago I read together with my granddaughter an excellent fairytale by Nikolay Nosov called “The adventures of Dunno and his friends”. There was an episode when Donno decided to become an artist. “When everybody else was asleep, he painted pictures of all his friends. He painted Roly-Poly so fat that he couldn't get him all in the picture. He painted Swifty with long skinny legs and a dog's tail. He painted Shot astride his dog Dot. He gave Dr. Pillman a thermometer instead of a nose. He painted donkey-ears on Doono. In a word, he made them all look very foolish. In the morning he wrote names on all the pictures and hung them up. It was a real picture gallery. The first to wake up was Dr. Pillman. As soon as he saw the paintings he began to laugh. He liked them so much that he put on his spectacles to get a better look at them. He examined each picture in turn, laughing very hard. "Good for Dunno!" he said. "I never had such a good laugh in my life! "At last he came to his own picture. "Who is this?" he asked in a stem voice. "Me? It couldn't be me. No likeness at all. Take it down." Everybody liked caricatures of the others, but as soon as they recognized in the caricature themselves they demanded that the picture should be removed.
We can observe a similar picture in our adult party life, the only difference is that we deal not with friendly caricatures but with real disagreements. Everybody criticizes opportunism and revisionism, but as soon as somebody’s names are called or some concrete parties are mentioned there immediately appear objections of the sort: “please don’t do that, this is just labeling, we should aim our criticism at bourgeoisie and not at each other etc.”
There have been even attempts to agree on putting a ban on any concrete criticism. In Athens on the 13th Meeting of Communist and Workers Parties such attempts were met with rebuff.
Let’s ask Lenin and have a look what principles he followed in his theoretical and practical work.