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The Unity Congress of the RSDLP

Auhtor: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Language: english
Published: 1917

Genres:

political,  revolutionary,  social history
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Review by A. Dent, April 2008


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Summary of the Book 'The Unity Congress of the RSDLP':

The one factor that was missing in all these revolutions but which was present in October 1917 was the subjective factor a workers leadership capable of preparing in good season the working class for the socialist transformation of society. It was the policy and the tactics of the Bolshevik Party under the leadership of Lenin and Trotsky which led the Russian workers to victory. Lenin prepared for the Russian revolution by a study of the lessons of the Paris Commune of 1971 and the first Russian revolution of 1905. In the same way the advanced workers today can prepare for their struggles which will be on a higher plane even than 1917 by examining the process of the Russian revolution. Events will not develop in exactly the same fashion as nor with the speed of the Russian Revolution. Nevertheless the struggles of the working class are similar in all capitalist countries. The laws of revolution and of counter-revolution which Trotsky brilliantly analyzed in his masterly History of the Russian Revolution apply in all countries. The first condition of revolution is the split in the ruling class. Revolution starts from the top said Marx. Feeling the subterranean revolt of the masses the summits of society split into different groupings. One section seeks a solution in the suppression of the mass movement. Another sees the need for reforms from the top in order to prevent revolution from below. Although only in outline at this stage we see a similar process developing in the Tory party in Britain in the split between the dries and wets. Miliukov the leader of the capitalist Kadet Party in urging concessions from the Tsar in 1915 declared: We are treading a volcano... tension has reached its extreme limit... a carelessly dropped match will be enough to start a terrible conflagration. Albeit in more diplomatic language this is the warning Tory wets have given many times to Thatcher and her rightwing cabal in the Tory cabinet. The Chirac government in France did drop a match and was only saved temporarily from a conflagration a movement involving the majority of the French working class by hasty concessions to the students. In Spain this year the refusal of the Socialist government to retreat before the students and then the fact of its retreat before the students and then the fact of its retreat under pressure - ignited an explosion of the working class.

Excerpts from the Book 'The Unity Congress of the RSDLP':


... - April 25 (May 8), 1906 Published in Minutes of the Unity Congress of the R.S.D.L.P. Held in Stockholm in 1906, Moscow, 1907 Published according ...
... by its own strength. It cannot do this unless there is a socialist revolution in the West. Without this condition restoration is inevitable, whether ...
... go-betweens, compromisers and all sorts of conciliators that this revolution should really be carried to the end. In this respect, my draft provides ...
... railwaymen's committees, and so forth. All this shows that the popular movement was passing into the form of insurrection, and these bodies ...
... the revolution will revive, then we must also anticipate the inevitable revival, development and success of new organs of revolutionary authority that ...
... But our disagreement with the divisionists does not end here, it only begins. We must use what the peasants say, even if it is economically unsound ...
... of the land to the state expresses, although very badly, an idea that is extremely important and useful for the peasants. The transfer of the land ...
... particular forms of political organisation are necessary today? We must say on what ground we are building a political organisation. The Mensheviks ...
...   (2)?that the attempt to form a Social-Democratic parliamentary group in present political conditions, and in view of the absence in ...
... Nothing of the kind. Axelrod completely evaded the first two points, and on the next two he made two contradictory statements. At first he referred ...
... the revolution. We regard the State Duma as a body that represents a definite class, as an institution that has a definite party composition. Your argument ...
... on this second aspect - which is emphasised in our resolution on the attitude to be adopted towards other parties - is the utterance of a lie. ...
... I at once answered that this was a very strange thing to say about voting by roll-call. Anyone who is dissatisfied with the Congress decisions will always ...
... revealed the hollowness of all their declamations against Narodnaya Volya-ism, etc. Comrade Plekhanov's proposal to substitute the term wrest their rights ...
... party exercises over all its members secondly, the special control of the local organisations who nominate the parliamentary candidates in their own ...
... 23 to May 8), 1906.     The Congress was attended by 112 delegates with the right to vote, who represented 57 local Party organisations ...
... and Zemstvo officials. ? ?[p.287] ? [133] Russkoye Gosudarstvo (The Russian State ) - a government newspaper published in St. Petersburg ...
... this question had come up for discussion at the Congress both drafts, written prior to the Duma elections, were obsolete, and new drafts were proposed ...
... ? [144] Akimov, V. P. (Makhnovets) - extreme opportunist, one of the ideologists of Economism, who adhered to the Menshevik Right wing. ...
... As head of the Bolsheviks (19171924) he led the Red Army to victory in the Russian Civil War, before establishing the world's first officially socialist ...