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Lenin, Vladimir I.. The proletarian revolution and Kautsky the renegade - Image 44. 1920. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. June 16, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/2136/show/2047.

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Lenin, Vladimir I.. (1920). The proletarian revolution and Kautsky the renegade - Image 44. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/2136/show/2047

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Title The proletarian revolution and Kautsky the renegade
Creator (LCNAF)
  • Lenin, Vladimir I.
Publisher Contemporary Publishing Association
Date 1920
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Communism
  • Proletariat
  • Kautsky, Karl
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Soviet Union
Genre (AAT)
  • pamphlets
Language English
Type (DCMI)
  • Text
Original Item Extent 128 pages; 17 cm
Original Item Location HX314.L3562 1920
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b8304409~S11
Original Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://libraries.uh.edu/branches/special-collections
Use and Reproduction Public Domain
Note Translation of Proletarskai︠a︡ revoli︠u︡t︠s︡ii︠a︡ i renegat Kautskiĭ.
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Transcript about the "trade-union bureaucracy" which is indispensable as the trade-unions themselves, but which "is not equal to the task of directing such mighty mass-battles as are becoming more and more the order of the day" "Thus (Kautfcky concludes) the Soviet organization is one of the most important phenomena of our time. It promises to acquire an importance in the great decisive battles between capiVU and labor which are looming in the near future." . . . "But are we justified in demand- in- of the Soviets more? The Bolsheviks who, after the November revolution obtained in conjuction with the Left Social Revolutionaries, a majority on the Soviets, after the dispersal of the Constituent Assembly, set out to turn the Soviets from a militant organization of one class into a State organization. They destroyed the democracy which the Russian people had won in the March revolution, and accordingly ceased to call themselves Social-Democrats and named the name of Communists11 (p. 33). Persons familiar with the Russian Menshevik literature will at once see what servile fidelity Kautsky has been copying Martoff, Axelrod, Stein, and Co. Yes, "servile fidelity," because Kautsky, to a ridiculous degree, distorts the fact in order to please Menshevik prejudices. Kautsky did not take the pains, for instance, of informing himself at his source (of Stein, at Berlin, or of Axelrod at Stock- holm) when the question about changing the name of the Bolsheviks and about the importance of the Soviets as State institutions was first raised. If Kautsky had done \ he would not have penned these lines which are now calculated to provoke laughter, since both these questions were raised by the Bolsheviks in April, 1917 (as for instance, in my theses of April 4-17, 1917), that is, long before the November revolution of 1917 (and therefore a fortiori before the dissolution of the Constituent As- sembly in January, 1918). But Kautsky's argument which I have just quoted, contains the crux of the entire question about the Soviets. ( 42 ) 1