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Lenin, Vladimir I.. The proletarian revolution and Kautsky the renegade - Image 48. 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/2051.

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Lenin, Vladimir I.. (1920). The proletarian revolution and Kautsky the renegade - Image 48. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/2136/show/2051

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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 can at present praise the charms of bourgeois democracy and talk about "pure" democracy, turning his face towards the dead past. Bourgeois democracy was an advance as compared with the Middle Ages, and it was necessary to take advantage of it. But now it is inadequate for the purposes of the working-class. Now we must look, not backward, but forward, to the substitution of a proletarian democracy in the place of a bourgeois democracy. And although the preparatory work for the proletarian revolution, the formation and the drilling of the proletarian army, was possible and necessary within the framework of the bourgeois democratic State, yet, once we have come up 1(o the decisive issue to the final battles, it is treachery to the working-class to try to confine the proletariat to this framework. Kautsky has made himself the more ridiculous as he has repeated an argument by Martoff, without noticing that with Martoff it was based upon another argument which he, Kautsky, has not adduced. Martoff said (and Kautsky repeats it) that Russia was not yet ripe for Socialism. Hence followed the deduction that it was too early to turn the Soviets into State organizations (read: it is quite time to turn the Soviets, with the assistance of Menshevik leaders, into instruments of subjection of the workers to the Imperialist bourgeoisie). But Kautsky cannot argue directly that Europe is not ripe for Socialism. As far back as 1909, when he was not as yet a turncoat, -he argued that there was no reason to fear a premature revolution, and that he would be a traitor who should repudiate the revolution, for fear of defeat. Thi3 opinion Kautsky cannot repudiate directly, and so we get the absurdity which lays bare the entire1 imbecility and cowardice of tihe small borgeois: on the one hand, Europe is ripe for Socialism, and is on the eve of decisive battles ■ ■■ • ^Capital and Labor; on the other hand, the fighting sStri f> -°l !T Ch' moreover> consolidates and requires strength m battle), the organization of the proletariat which ( 46 )