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Lenin, Vladimir Ilʹich, 1870-1924. The collapse of the Second International - Image 18. 1920?. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 7, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/609/show/550.

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Title The collapse of the Second International
Creator (LCNAF)
  • Lenin, Vladimir Ilʹich, 1870-1924
Contributor (Local)
  • Sirnis, Alexander, translator
Publisher The Socialist Labour Press
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • Glasgow
Date 1920?
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Socialism
  • World War, 1914-1918
Subject.Name (LCNAF)
  • International Socialist Congress
Genre (AAT)
  • pamphlets
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Extent 72 pages: portrait; 20 cm.
Original Item Location HX11.I5L383
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b8320090~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 This item is in the public domain and may be used freely.
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Transcript lu CHAPTER III. The Revolutionary Situation. Did sincere Socialists stand up for the Balse resolution because they foresaw that the war would create a revolutionary situation? Has the trend of events proved *hat these Socialists have been wrong? Cunow, in his pamphlet, Has the Party Collapsed? and in a series of articles, tries to justify his passing over to the bourgeois camp by means of arguing from the above proposition. Most of the Socialist jingoes, led by Kautsky, attempt to reinforce their case by a similar line of reasoning. Cunow contends that the expectation that a revolution would break, out proved to be an illusion, and it is not the duty of Marxians to defend illusions. Nevertheless, this adherent of Struve* does not say a word about the " illusions " of the men who signed the Basle manifesto; like an r< honourable M man he seeks to put the blame on men of the extreme left like Pannehoek and Radek. Let us examine the argument that the authors of the Basle manifesto sincerely believed in the coming of a revolution, which the actual trend of events did not justify. The Basle manifesto says : (i) That the war will create an " economic and political crisis," (2) that the workers will regard as a crime the participation in the war and "shooting at one another " to swell the profits of the capitalists and to satisfy the ambitions of dynasties, or to carry out the secret diplomatic treaties. The manifesto further says that the war would provoke " indignation and revolt " amongst the working class, (3) that the Socialists must make use of the crisis and of the mental conditions of the workers indicated to " incite the people M and to hasten the downfall * of capitalism, (4) that no Government, without exception, could begin the war without imperilling its position, (5) that all Governments fear the oncoming approach of the proletarian revolution, (6) that the Paris Commune and the Russian revolution of 1905 must b<* borne in mind by the governments. All these thoughts are perfectly clear, though they contain no guarantee * Prof. Strare, a professor of economics at Petrograd a»d a political opportunist.