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A New Revolutionary Workers Association

Auhtor: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Language: english
Published: 1908

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political,  revolutionary,  social history
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Summary of the Book 'A New Revolutionary Workers Association':

In the April Theses therefore Lenin called for a struggle for a socialist program based on the independent action of the working class. Its main elements were: No Support for the Provisional government. Fight for the Soviets to take power. End the war. Confiscate the big estates. Nationalize the banks. Establish workers control of industry. Replace the police and army with a workers militia. Replace the old state bureaucracy with workers administration. Proclaim a Communist Party establish a new international. A program on these lines with the strategy and tactics also spelt out was an essential pre-requisite for the success of the October revolution. In April it was opposed by the leaders castigated by Lenin as Old Bolsheviks. However by appealing to the leading Bolsheviks at rank and file level Lenin won a majority for his ideas. The new upsurge of workers and peasants which provokes a new crisis for the Provisional government confirmed Lenins position in a few stormy months. Without the April Theses 1917 would have ended quite differently. Underlying Lenins strategy and tactics was a clear perspective. This provided a clear guide to action during the ebbs and flows of the revolution. On the other hand it was precisely because they were working on the basis of a confused perspective derived from a misinterpretation of Lenins previous position that the Old Bolsheviks adopted a policy which prefigured the disastrous Popular Frontism of the Stalinist leaders in the 1930s and since.

Excerpts from the Book 'A New Revolutionary Workers Association':


... Revised Edition Translated from the Russian by Bernard Isaacs and Isidor Lasker Editor: V. J. Jerome Public Domain: Lenin Internet ...
... will discontinue its activities and entrust the protection of the people's representatives and of public safety to a civil militia to be organised for ...
... not dwell here on the question to what extent this attempt is serious that can be judged conclusively only from its results and tentatively from ...
... not as a conclusion drawn from a definite programme (as it was, for instance, in Social-Democratic literature abroad in 1902),* but as a vital issue ...
... the revolution taking place in Russia, namely, the bourgeois-democratic revolution, inevitably increased and multiplied, and would continue to increase ...
... of these elements is essential to the cause of the popular uprising. Their militant significance, we repeat, is very great. But their political ...
... democrats are no more than the vanguard of the bourgeois-democratic movement, and sometimes merely its auxiliary force, even its cannon-fodder. ...
... C.C. of the R.L.U. in its first call, let us rally into a mighty whole, into the Russian Liberation Union, and give our strength, our funds, and our ...
... the R.L.U., declare that we foresee no possibility of the appearance of fundamental differences with the Social-Democratic parties, since the principle ...
... among the workers literature advocating a strictly proletarian ideology (our italics). These are very good words, but words are not enough. And ...
... of principle? Would it not then first be necessary to abandon for a time the distribution of literature among the workers? ? ? The C.C. of the ...
... organisation, the R.L.U. is at one in its activity ? also with the Party of the Socialists-Revolutionaries, inasmuch as we are united with it ...
... the Socialists-Revolutionaries (inasmuch as) to common grounds of method and immediate aim, the R.L.U. obviously abstains for the present from determining ...
... before the Constituent Assembly, it precipitates a dispute and expresses its dis- ? agreement with the Osvobozhdeniye League, which adopted in its programme ...
... and in the matter of modifying the programme itself. It considers itself to be a part of the Constitutional-Democratic (read constitutional-monarchist) ...
... will favour such an ? outcome. This outcome would mean the conversion of the armed fighting squads of the people into an instrument of the liberal ...
... groups. The practical attitude of the Social-Democrats towards them is one of our Party's most pressing problems. ? ? We must, ...
... such a method. We should remember that Social-Democracy's strength lies in the unity of the broad masses of the proletariat, and that such unity, owing ...
... of comradely concern even towards the workers who are members of the Catholic unions and try not to antagonise them by treating their religious and ...
... the whole working-class mass will respond to the call of Social-Democracy! ? Recommended ReadingLoved this book? Other books that ...