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A Letter to A M Gorky

Auhtor: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Language: english
Published: 1895

Genres:

political,  revolutionary,  social history
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Review by Michael Gallagher, May 2009


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Copyright: Public Domain in the U.S.
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Summary of the Book 'A Letter to A M Gorky':

Lenins April Theses form one of the most decisive manifestos in the history of the revolution. They consist of just a few short notes the bare skeleton of Lenins speeches when he arrived back in Petrograd in April 1917. But the ideas outlined within them brought about a decisive reorientation of the Bolshevik leadership. Lynn Walsh re-examines the April Theses and their lessons for today. Lenins return from exile crystallized a crisis in the Bolshevik party. The leadership in Russia around Kamenev and Stalin who had assumed responsibility on their return from Siberia in March endorsed the Soviets position of conditional support for the Provisional government of Prince Lvov - even though the Soviet held the real power on the streets and in the factories. Lenin had already rejected this stance as his Letters from Afar in February demonstrated. The Provisional government in his view was so bound up with the landlords the industrialists and the bankers that it was incapable of fulfilling its promises. To believe that the government would end the war distribute the big estates solve the economic crisis and meet workers demands was a dangerous illusion. There was no question as far as Lenin was concerned of supporting the Provisional government while it carried out reforms in the expectation that at a later stage more favorable conditions would emerge for the struggle for socialism. The liberal bourgeois government pushed reluctantly into power by the February revolution had already gone as far as it was capable of going. Unless the Soviets smashed the remnants of the old state and placed power decisively in the hands of the workers the Provisional government would succumb to counter-revolution. The next phase would be a new regime of totalitarian reaction.

Excerpts from the Book 'A Letter to A M Gorky':


... I Published according to the manuscript Translated from the Russian by Bernard Isaacs Edited by Clemens Dutt Public Domain: ...
... not in that place and not on that subject which you thought! ? ? It happened like this. ? ? The book, Studies in the Philosophy of Marxism,[152] ...
... board since 1900), and, finally, his struggle against the empirio-critics and Co. ? ? I have been following Bogdanov's writings on philosophy since ...
... him in 1904, when we immediately gave each other presents - I, my Steps,[153] he, one of his current philosophical works.[154] And I at once (in the ...
... Geneva with a delegate from the editors of the symposium Outlines of a Realistic World Outlook,[155] at which we agreed to contribute - I, on the agrarian ...
... formed the tacit bloc, which tacitly ruled out philosophy as a neutral field, that existed all through the revolution and enabled us in that revolution ...
... track. I thereupon wrote him a declaration of love, a letter on philosophy taking up three notebooks. I explained to him that I was just an ordinary ...
... and empirio-symbolists are floundering in a bog. To try to persuade the reader that belief in the reality of the external world is mysticism ...
... (Lunacharsky) to declare Engels's teaching on dialectics to be mysticism (Berman) to draw from the stinking well of some French positivists or ...
... in your article for Proletary. I do not know, of course, what you would have made of it, taken as a whole. Besides, I believe that an artist can glean ...
... nevertheless Proletary ? ? must remain absolutely neutral towards all our divergencies in philosophy and not give the reader the slightest grounds ...
... A. A. that I was against its publication, he grew as black as a thundercloud. The threat of a split was in the air. Yesterday our editorial trio held ...
... tomorrow it will appear in issue No. 21 of Proletary, which will be forwarded to you.[*] ? ? As regards your article, it was decided to postpone ...
... party. We have been pursuing these tactics up to now without disagreement (the only difference of opinion was on the boycott of the Third Duma, but ...
... of the tactics of revolutionary Social-Democracy in the workers' party for the sake of disputes on the question of materialism or Machism, would ...
... As for your article, if you wish to prevent a split and help to localise the new fight - you should rewrite it, and everything that even indirectly bears ...
... the new fight, and weaken the vital cause, so essential practically and politically, of revolutionary Social-Democracy in Russia. ? ? That ...
... of articles by A. Lunacharsky, V. Bazarov, A. Bogdanov, P. Maslov, A. Finn, V. Shulyatikov, V. Fritche and others, published in St. Petersburg in 1904. ...
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... is a collection of poems by the Portuguese poet Ant'onio Nobre. It is the only work of his that appeared in his lifetime, and a classic of Portuguese ...