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A Liberal Professor on Equality

Auhtor: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Language: english
Published: 1906

Genres:

political,  revolutionary,  social history
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Review by Daniel G. Lebryk, June 2010


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Summary of the Book 'A Liberal Professor on Equality':

Over the next twelve years bolshevism which had begun as a faction within the Russian Social-Democratic Workers party gradually emerged as an independent party that had cut its ties with all other Russian Marxists. The process involved long and bitter arguments against Mensheviks as well as against all those who worked to reunite the factions. It involved fights over funds struggles for control of newspapers the development of rival organizations and meetings of rival groups. Disputes concerned many questions about the goals and strategies of Marxism and the role of national (rather than international) struggles within Marxism. Since about 1905 the international socialist movement had begun also to discuss the possibility of a major war breaking out among European nations. In 1907 and 1912 members met and condemned such wars in advance pledging not to support them. Lenin had wanted to go further than that. He had urged active opposition to the war effort and a transformation of any war into a proletarian revolution. When World War I (19141918 a conflict involving most European nations as well as Russia the United States and Japan) broke out most socialist leaders in the countries involved supported the war effort. For Lenin this was proof that he and the other leaders shared no common aims or views. The break between the two schools of Marxism could not be fixed. During World War I (191418) Lenin lived in Switzerland. He attended several conferences of radical socialists opposed to the war. He read a large amount of literature on the Marxist idea of state government and wrote a first draft for a book on the subject The State and Revolution. He also studied literature dealing with world politics of the time and wrote an important book Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism in 1916. By the beginning of 1917 he had fits of depression and wrote to a close friend that he thought he would never see another revolution. This was about a month before the overthrow of the Russian czar in the winter of 1917 which marked the beginning of the 1917 Russian Revolution.

Excerpts from the Book 'A Liberal Professor on Equality':


... 1914 Published according to the text in Put Pravdy Translated from the Russian by Bernard Isaacs and Joe Fineberg Edited by Julius Katzer Public ...
... License ? A LIBERAL PROFESSOR ON EQUALITY     Liberal Professor Mr. Tugan-Baranovsky is on the ...
... which he has addressed?).     If we take socialism, not as an economic theory, but as a living ideal, Mr. Tugan declared, then, undoubtedly, ...
... is an absurdity which is contrary to experience and reason, and so forth!     Mr. Tugan repeats the old trick of the reactionaries, ...
... that experience and reason prove that men are not equal, we mean by equality, equality in abilities or similarity in physical strength and mental ability. ...
... whatever to do with socialism. If Mr. Tugan is quite unable to think, he is at least able to read were he to take the well-known work of one of the ...
... their unscrupulousness.     Since we have Mr. Tugan to deal with, we shall have to start with the rudiments.     By political ...
... equality is a demand for equal political rights for all citizens of a country who have reached a certain age and who do not suffer from either ordinary ...
... The well-known historical experience of all countries of the world proves this, and Mr. Tugan could easily have discovered this had he not called ...
... the privileges of the nobility are preserved to this day in all spheres of political life, in elections to the Council of State, in elections to ...
... and ignorant person can grasp the fact that individual members of the nobility are not equal in physical and mental abilities any more than are ...
... as in other advanced countries, there are no medieval privileges. All citizens are equal in political rights. But are they equal as regards their ...
... unpaid labour of the workers these form an insignificant minority. Others, namely, the vast mass of the population, own no means of production and ...
... the proletariat, own no means of production and live by selling their labour-power in the market.     The abolition of classes means ...
... on an equal footing with regard to the means of production belonging to society as a whole. It means giving all citizens equal opportunities of working ...
... always mean social equality, equality of social status, and not by any means the physical and mental equality of individuals.     The puzzled ...
... elementary axioms familiar to anybody who has read any exposition of the views of socialism? The answer is simple: the personal qualities of present-day ...
... drivel and twaddle against the socialists. The bourgeoisie will forgive the professors all this as long as they go on abolishing socialism. ...
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