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Lenin, Vladimir I.. The proletarian revolution and Kautsky the renegade - Image 127. 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/2130.

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Lenin, Vladimir I.. (1920). The proletarian revolution and Kautsky the renegade - Image 127. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/2136/show/2130

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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 as an organ of guidance, as representative of the general interests of Society. It is a State as the embodiment of authority, as the organ of authority, as the instrument of domination of one class by another" (p. 75-76). It is not in this latter sense that Marx and Engels speak about the destruction of the State. "Propositions of too absolute a character would run the risk of being inexact. Between the capitalist State based upon the domination of one class only, and the proletarian State, which aims at the abolition of all classes, there are many stages of transition" (p. 156). Here you have Vandervelde's style, which is slightly different from that of Kautsky, but in essence, identical with it. The dialectical method repudiates absolute truths, being engaged in the elucidation of the succession of op- posites and the importance of crises in history. The eclectic does not want propositions which are "too absolute," in order to be able to forward is philistine desire to replace the revolution by "stages of transition." That the transition stage between the State as an organ of domination of the capitalist class, and the State as an organ of domination of the proletariat, is just the revolution, which consists in the overthrow of the bourgeoisie, and in the destruction, the breaking up of its State machine, is, of course, suppressed by the Kautskys and the Vanderveldes in silence. They are just as anxious to suppress the fact that the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie of one class, the proletariat, and that, after the "transition stages" of the revolution will follow the "transition stages" of the general withering away of the proletarian State. This is just where their .political apostasy lies, This is just, from a theoretical or philosophical point of view, where they substitute eclecticism and sophistry for dialectics. The latter is concrete and revolutionary, and distinguishes between the "transition" from the dictatorship of one class to the dictatorship of another, from the "transition" of the democratic proletarian State to the non- ( 125 )