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Lenin, Vladimir I.. The proletarian revolution and Kautsky the renegade - Image 126. 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/2129.

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Lenin, Vladimir I.. (1920). The proletarian revolution and Kautsky the renegade - Image 126. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/2136/show/2129

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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 sity of the proletarian revolution (of the Commune, of the Soviet, or perhaps of some other type), of explaining the necessity of preparing for it, of propagating among the masses the idea of a revolution, of refuting the bourgeois democratic prejudices against it, etc. But neither Kautsky nor Vandervelde does anything of the sort,—because they themselves are traitors to Socialism, who only want to maintain among the workers the reputation of Socialists and Marxists. Take the theoretical formulation of the question. The State, even in a democratic republic, is nothing else than a machine for the suppression of one class by another. Kautsky is familiar with the truth, accepts it, but avoids the fundamental question as to what class and for what reasons and by what means the proletariat ought to suppress, on having conquered the proletarian State. Vandervelde, too, is familiar with, and approves of the fundamental propositions of Marxism, which he even quotes (p. 72 of his book), but does not say a single word on the highly unpleasant (for the capitalists) subject of the suppression of the resistance of the exploiters. Both Vandervelde and Kautsky have avoided this unpleasant subject, and this is just where their apostasy lies. Like Kautsky, Vandervelde is a past master in the art of employing eclecticism in the place of dialectics. "On the one hand," "on the other hand" and so forth. On the one hand, the State may be understood to mean "the nation as a whole" (see Littre's Dictionary, a learned piece of work, no doubt, as Vandervelde points out on p. 87); on the other hand, the State may be understood to mean the "Government" (ibid.). This learned platitude is quoted by Vandervelde with the approval, side by side with the extracts from Marx! The Marxist meaning of the State, Vandervelde tells us, differs from the ordinary. Hence "misundertsand- ings" are possible. "With Marx and Engels, the State is not a State in the particular $?n«e of the word, not a State ( 124 ) 1