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Lenin, Vladimir I.. The proletarian revolution and Kautsky the renegade - Image 128. 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/2131.

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Lenin, Vladimir I.. (1920). The proletarian revolution and Kautsky the renegade - Image 128. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/2136/show/2131

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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 State ("the withering away of the State"). The eclecticism and sophistry of the Kautskys and the Vander- veldes, on the other hand, tries to please the bourgeoisie by blurring all that is concrete and precise in the class struggle, and by substituting in their place the general idea of "transition" under which they can hide (nine-tenths of the official Social-Democrats of our time do hide) their repudiation of the revolution. Vandervelde, as an eclecticist and sophist, is more skilful and more refined than Kautsky, since the phrase: "transition from the State in the narrow sense of the word, to the State in the broad sense of the word," can be made to hush up all questions of revolution, all difference between revolution and reform, and even the difference between the Marxist and the Liberal. For what European bourgeois will think of denying "in general," "transition stages" in such "general" sense? Vandervelde declares that he agrees with Jules Guesde in that it is impossible to socialize the means of production and exchange without the previous fulfilment of the following two conditions: "(1) the transformation of the present State as organ of domination of one class over another, into what Anton Menger calls a popular Labor State, through the conquest of political power by the proletariat; (2) the separation of the State as an organ of authority, from the State as an organ of guidance, or, to use the expression of Saint Simon, of the administration of persons from the administration of things" (p. 89). This is written by Vandervelde in italics, in order to underline the importance of these propositions. But this is the purest eclectical olla podrida, a complete rupture with Marxism! The so-called "Popular Labor State' is but a paraphrase of the "Free People's State," with which the German Social-Democrats paraded in the 'seventies, and which Engels denounced as an absurdity. The "Popular Labor State" is a phrase worthy of the petty bourgeois democrat (after the manner of our own Left Social- r I ( 126 )