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A Poor Defence of a Liberal Labour Policy

Auhtor: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Language: english
Published: 1920

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political,  revolutionary,  social history
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Summary of the Book 'A Poor Defence of a Liberal Labour Policy':

The Bolshevik or Maximalist wing of the Social-Democratic Party was able to control the Soviet and the Committees in the early days of the Revolution its hold upon them has tightened and it is now stronger than ever. Yct it represents neither the best nor even the most numerous section of the people. Like the Okhrana or secret police system under the old rSgime its influence is based.upon the ignorance of the masses and upon methods of terrorism.. We have seen the Okhrana woiking ih alliance with the Bolsheviks under the autocracy we see the Bolsheviks acting in combination with the same dark forces under the Provisional C:overnraent Each side pursued and is still pursuing its own particular designs: the one towards extreme revolution tho other towards extreme. reaction. And as usual extremes meet. In the present instanco their union implies a particular danger for the country because their long-standing experience in terroristic and destructive activity gives them a formidable advantage over all the political parties that remain in the field of practical polities namely the Menshevik or Minimalist wing of the Social-Democrats led by NJ. Tchkheidze the Socialist-Revolutionary party represented by N1. Kerensky and the Constitu- tional-Democrats directed by M. Mliliukoff. The Bolsheviks and their allies Russian and German have been the smallest but the most active and influential force in RTussian politics they have always worked in dark and devious ways- through Rasputin Azeff and a host of spies informers and agents provocateurs beforc the Revolution through Lenin and a well-trained and organized army of agitators and dema- gogues since the Revolution. COALITIoN DISRUPTED. Not satisfied with undermining the authority of. the Provisional Government among the people and destroying discipline among the troops-forming committees that usurped the functions of local government sweeping away the Zemstvos. and municipalities and intro- ducing committees in the Army that usurped the cpmmand and reduced the hapless officers to the role of. mere duniniies-tbiey have sys- tematically and hitherto successfully combated the very principle of a coalition between Social- ist and non-Socialist partics. Al. Aliliukoff MI. Cutchkoff Prince Lvoff and other Con- stitutionalists wero slowly but surely forced to abandon their posts. Under tho Bolshevik pressure successive coalitions became more and more qpenly dominated by the Socialist element. Constitutionalists and moderate Socialists sought to work together. The forrner hoped thereby to save the country froni anarchy the latter realized.that revolutionary excesses woull lead to reaction and compromise Socialism. BEut neither of them could dlevelop the strengtl or the organization or the unscrupulous activity of the Bolsheviks. A1. Kcrensky himself a revo- lutionary politician of no mean order tried eon- clusions with the Bolsheviks sometimes with their own weapons but what could one man do against the constant insidious activity of the Bolshevik organization ? Ho was hanidicapped by his own antecedents by the fact that mary of the Bolshevik chieftains had been and nominally remained hiis political asseciates.

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... to be followed by the workers in the election campaign and, therefore, merits special attention. ? ? I described Zhivoye Dyelo as a publication ...
... He declared that a majority of electors from the landowners and the first urban curia is guaranteed in a considerable number of gubernia assemblies. ...
... Martov forgot the experience of 1905-06 in Russia, of 1789 and subsequent years in France and of 1911 in China. This experience tells us that power ...
... of working-class democracy in particular. This task may sometimes clash with the 'task' of increasing the number of liberals, but five additional[*] ...
... by repulsing fifty liberals, we can elect five democrats. Such an instance involves selling the democratic vote to the Black Hundreds in exchange ...
... suggest to readers that they should ponder, while he himself writes without thinking. ? ? The passage in my article to which Martov took such strong ...
... of partiality for arithmetic. Fifty liberals in the Duma will give the people a pile of sham democratic speeches, thereby corrupting the people, and ...
... Hundreds in exchange for seats in the Duma (a secret and stupid desire, I may add confidentially. Imagine Purishkevich purchasing the votes of the friends ...
... If there can be another instance of these two tasks clashing, then Martov is wrong. ? ? Thus, is another instance of such a clash possible? There ...
... but liberals: (1) in the five big cities, in the event of a second ballot, agreements are permissible only with the democrats against the liberals ...
... against this sort of prohibition? Give a straight answer. ? ? Further, what can be the practical result of this second ballot? The votes may be ...
... occurs to me: is it possible that Martov's whole article is to be explained by his not knowing that, according to the law, the second ballot represents ...
... the English expression). As a general rule there is no danger of the Black Hundreds gaining a victory. And if in exceptional cases a Black-Hundred ...
... earlier and were better organised (with the aid of reactionary laws, of course) than the workers. Everywhere in the world the liberals tell the workers ...
... may it not happen that in each case of a second ballot the votes will be divided nearly equally among the three camps? ? ? Apparently it may ...
... liberal fables about the danger of a Black-Hundred victory when entering into agreements with the liberals, you must by all means threaten them and extort ...
... well known, and the liberals are purposely trying to scare the people by magnifying the danger of a Black-Hundred victory in order to secure the leadership ...
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