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Lenin, Vladimir Ilʹich, 1870-1924. The collapse of the Second International - Image 58. 1920?. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. May 27, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/609/show/590.

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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
Type (DCMI)
  • 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
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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 56 CHAPTER IX. Existing Organisations to be Sacrificed and Revolutionary Organisations Set Up in the Struggle with the Bourgeoisie. Legal mass organisations of the working class are, perhaps, the most important distinguishing mark of the Socialist parties during the existence of the Second International. They were strongest in the German party, and there the war of 1914-15 caused a great break and forced a new problem to the fore. It was clear that passing to revolutionary action meant dissolution of the legal parties by the police. It meant that the old party, from Legien down to Kautsky, sacrificed the revolutionary aims of the proletariat for the sake of preserving the existing legal organisations. However much we may deny the fact, it is nevertheless true. The revolutionary right of the proletariat was sold for a mess of pottage as represented by the present legal organisations sanctioned by the police. Take the pamphlet by Carl Legien, leader of the S.D. Trade Unions of Germany, entitled: "Why Should Trade Union Officials Take a Greater Part in the Inside Life of the Party?" (Berlin, 1915). This is a paper given by the author on January 27, 1915, to a conference of trade union officials. In his paper (which subsequently appeared in pamphlet form) Legien quoted a most interesting document which had not been suppressed by the censor for the reason that it formed part of Legien's paper. This document, so- called " material for the lecturers of the Niederbarnim (a suburb of Berlin) district," is a statement of the views of the German Social-Democrats of the Left and the protest they directed against the party. Revolutionary Social-Democrats, so says this document, did not and could not foresee one factor, namely : " That the whole organised force of the German S.D. Party and of the trade unions would go over to the side of the govera- ment which was waging war, and that the whole of this force would be applied to crush the revolutionary energy of the masses." (Legien's pamphlet, p 34.)