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A Responsible Opposition and the Participation of the Constitutional Democrats in the March 1 Conference

Auhtor: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Language: english
Published: 1897

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political,  revolutionary,  social history
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Summary of the Book 'A Responsible Opposition and the Participation of the Constitutional Democrats in the March 1 Conference':

The honor of beginning the February 1917 revolution fell to the women textile workers of Petrograd on International Womens Day. Indignant at bread rations whilst the capitalists made fabulous war profits and with many of them having husbands and sons at the front 90000 came out on strike. The next day half the industrial workers struck in support. Slogans of Down with the aristocracy down with the war were raised by demonstrating workers who fought with police but attempted to win over the soldiers and Cossacks (who had suppressed the 1905 revolution). An attempt to use the troops against the workers failed with only the officers being prepared to fire on demonstrators. After clashes with workers the troops turned on the officers and the Tsarist army collapsed. Thus by 28 February the 1000-year-old Tsarist autocracy had collapsed. The working class was the real power but they were not conscious of this. The Mensheviks and Social Revolutionaries handed power to the capitalists. Even Bolshevik leaders in Petrograd led by Stalin and Kamenev gave critical support to the capitalist coalition. Only Lenin in Switzerland and Trotsky in New York understood the significance of the February events as the beginning not only of the Russian revolution but of the international revolution. Lenin demanded that the workers place no trust in the provisional government. However the Bolsheviks were only 8000 strong after the February revolution. Lenin explained that it was necessary for the Bolsheviks to base themselves on the consciousness of the masses. In the first phase of the revolution the masses had taken the line of least resistance giving massive support to the Mensheviks and the Social Revolutionaries. Big events would teach them the correctness of the perspectives strategy and tactics of the Bolsheviks. But the working class learns rapidly in revolution. The Bolsheviks grew quickly. They numbered 2000 members in Petrograd in February 1917 16000 by April (with 79000 nationally) and by late June 32000 members. By the time of the October revolution they had developed into a force of 2400000 on a national scale.

Excerpts from the Book 'A Responsible Opposition and the Participation of the Constitutional Democrats in the March 1 Conference':


... and the Cadets V. I. Lenin A RESPONSIBLE OPPOSITION AND ...
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... A RESPONSIBLE OPPOSITION AND THE PARTICIPATION OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL-DEMOCRATS ...
... CONFERENCE ? ? The newspapers have already had a good deal to say about the conference held on March 1 between government spokesmen and certain members ...
... readers that just before March 1 a number of liberal newspapers in St. Petersburg, Moscow and the provinces, raised and animatedly discussed the general ...
... came out in the St. Petersburg and Moscow press against Mr. Struve for his appeals for reform of the government, as well as against the Right-wing ...
... Octobrists. Just before March 1, Mr. Milyukov did his utmost to pose as an opponent of Vekhism, i.e., of consistent and avowed counter-revolutionary liberalism.* ...
... all the flimsy reservations made by the Constitutional-Democratic Party leaders against P. Struve and V. Maklakov, all their efforts to pose as being ...
... of the Vekhists among the liberals that triumphed at this conference, the policy of Struve and V. Maklakov, not of Messrs. Milyukov, Shingaryov and ...
... nor the Trudoviks (bourgeois democrats) were invited (on the pretext that they are anti-militarists on principle, and always vote against all war ...
... would certainly have been forthcoming, at least from the Social-Democrats). ? ? When the opposition members - according to a most official report ...
... possible at this conference to make any statements on questions concerning domestic policies. ? ? Nevertheless, wrote Rech, several deputies, ...
... ridiculous, absurd and undignified, it must be said concerning this statement, was the role played by the Cadet, Constitutional-Democratic, deputies. ...
... its class nature and its real political character, the conduct of the Constitutional-Democratic deputies would have been quite normal from the party ...
... Shingaryov himself expounded V. Maklakov's views in Rech No. 55, for February 26 and Mr. Milyukov himself wrote in the same vein in the issue of ? that ...
... slapped their own faces. By participating in the conference they publicly repudiated their own statements about their loss of faith. They publicly ...
... to serve and be subservient. ? ? Trust the Cadets to understand perfectly both the inseverable connection that exists between home and foreign ...
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