The Proletarian Revolution and the Renegade Kautsky



The Proletarian Revolution and the Renegade KautskyAnarchy In Petrograd The War Th Year Th Aided By The Garriso L Of Petrograd, The Maximalists Under Lenin Have Deposed The Kerensky Government, And Have Assumed Office They Announce That This Was Acomplished Without Bloodshed, That Several Ministers Have Been Arrested, And That M Kerensky Is A Fugitive In A Proclamation To The Arrny Committees They State That Authority Of Government Has Been Taken Over By The Military Revolutionary Committee Until The Creation Of A Government Of Soviets At The Head Of Their Programme Is The Offer Of An Immzdiate Democratic Peace They Charge Their Adherents In The Army To Arrest Officers Who Do Not Join The Movement Imme Diately, And Not To Allow Uncertain Military Detactments To Leave The Front For Petrograd There Has Been Fighting In Petrograd For Posses Sion Of The Winter Palace, The Headquarters Of The Kerensky Government, In Which A Cruiser Took Part The Palace Is Now In Possession Of The Maximalists Thq Livonza Has Been Crossed, And The Enemy Are Pursuing The Italians Towards The Line Of Tlie Piave Between The Two Rivers, The Italian Report Says, Brave Covering Troops Succeeded In Detaining The Enemy S Advance The Larger Units Retired Without Molestation Prisoners, Says The German Report, Now Number Over ,, And Captured Guns To Over , Part Of The Large Increase Is From The Battles Oni Tho Tagliamento Line A Large Italian Force Was Cut Off In The Arm Of The Upper River Between Tolmezzo And Gemona Part Of It Is Still Holding Out, But , Men Have Had To Surrender Mr Lloyd George, M Painleve, And Signor Orlando, With Their Advisers, Have Concluded Their Conference In Italy General Maude Has Fought Another Brilliant Action Up The Tigris

Lenin, Vladimir Ilyich 1870 1924 one of the leaders of the Bolshevik party since its formation in 1903 Led the Soviets to power in October, 1917 Elected to the head of the Soviet government until 1922, when he retired due to ill health.Lenin, born in 1870, was committed to revolutionary struggle from an early age his elder brother was hanged for the attempted assassination of Czar Alexander III In 1891 Lenin passed his Law exam with high honors, whereupon he took to representing the poorest peasantry in Samara After moving to St Petersburg in 1893, Lenin s experience with the oppression of the peasantry in Russia, coupled with the revolutionary teachings of G V Plekhanov, guided Lenin to meet with revolutionary groups In April 1895, his comrades helped send Lenin abroad to get up to speed with the revolutionary movement in Europe, and in particular, to meet the Emancipation of Labour Group, of which Plekhanov head After five months abroad, traveling from Switzerland to France to Germany, working at libraries and newspapers to make his way, Lenin returned to Russia, carrying a brief case with a false bottom, full of Marxist literature.On returning to Russia, Lenin and Martov created the League for the Struggle for the Emancipation of the Working Class, uniting the Marxist circles in Petrograd at the time The group supported strikes and union activity, distributed Marxist literature, and taught in workers education groups In St Petersburg Lenin begins a relationship with Nadezhda Krupskaya In the night of December 8, 1895, Lenin and the members of the party are arrested Lenin sentenced to 15 months in prison By 1897, when the prison sentence expired, the autocracy appended an additional three year sentence, due to Lenin s continual writing and organising while in prison Lenin is exiled to the village of Shushenskoye, in Siberia, where he becomes a leading member of the peasant community Krupskaya is soon also sent into exile for revolutionary activities, and together they work on party organising, the monumental work The Development of Capitalism in Russia, and the translating of Sidney and Beatrice Webb s Industrial Democracy.After his term of exile ends, Lenin emigrates to M nich, and is soon joined by Krupskaya Lenin creates Iskra, in efforts to bring together the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party, which had been scattered after the police persecution of the first congress of the party in 1898 After leading the October Revolution, Lenin served as the first and only chairman of the R.S.F.S.R. In 1919 Lenin founded the Communist International In 1921 Lenin instituted the NEP During 1922 Lenin suffered a series of strokes that prevented active work in government While in his final year late 1922 to 1923 Lenin wrote his last articles where he outlined a programme to fight against the bureaucratization of the Commmunist Party and the Soviet state Lenin died on January 21, 1924, as a result of multiple strokes.

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10 thoughts on “The Proletarian Revolution and the Renegade Kautsky

  1. Bhaskar Sunkara says:

    Written with such fire and surprising wit you can sense the immense respect that the author had for Kautsky pre 1914 see Lars Lih s body of work Lenin s analysis here is dead on , but his view of the state, like that of Engels before him, is a crude instrumentalism The state is nothing but a machine for the suppression of one class by another, and other expositions of the Tsarist state and the one that emerged out of the February revolution are generic and fails to delimit the feudal ari Written with such fire and surprising wit you can sense the immense respect that the author had for Kautsky pre 1914 see Lars Lih s body of work Lenin s analysis here is dead on , but his view of the state, like that of Engels before him, is a crude instrumentalism The state is nothing but a machine for the suppression of one class by another, and other expositions of the Tsarist state and the one that emerged out of the February revolution are generic and fails to delimit the feudal aristocracy elements in the Russian state from that ofadvanced bourgeois forms In the same way, Trotsky s view in the 1940s of the blurring between types of bourgeois state forms fascist, liberal democratic is also unhelpful More contemporary Marxist theorists handled this withsophistication, admittedly aided with the gifts of hindsight and not writing in the midst of revolutionary ruptures Socialists in advanced capitalist nations would do well to explore the political form of bourgeois societybefore accepting Lenin s dicta and moving on That s not to say fundamentally he s wrong Essentially, Lenin is right to say that the bourgeois state cannot be transformed into a proletarian one and needs to be smashed at some point in the revolution struggle and, needless to say, his crude instrumentalism is of a lotuse than Kautsky s opportunism Besides for the same aforementioned flaws that haunt State and Revolution this is a classic text that s actually a pretty breezy read

  2. Aung Sett Kyaw Min says:

    This is a fiery response to the pamphlet The Dictatorship of the Proletariat Kautsky published in 1918 Here Lenin takes Kautsky to task for bending over backwards for the mensheviks and bourgeosie democrats and in general failing to theoretically formulate the crucial questions pertaining to the nature of the state an instrument by means of which one class suppresses the other In Lenin s view, Kautsky s misplaced concerns with formal, pure democracy devoid of class content and class char This is a fiery response to the pamphlet The Dictatorship of the Proletariat Kautsky published in 1918 Here Lenin takes Kautsky to task for bending over backwards for the mensheviks and bourgeosie democrats and in general failing to theoretically formulate the crucial questions pertaining to the nature of the state an instrument by means of which one class suppresses the other In Lenin s view, Kautsky s misplaced concerns with formal, pure democracy devoid of class content and class character, where the amorphous category of people is substituted for the concrete class content, and his accusation that the Soviets betrayed democracy, mistakingly seized state power, and made too many concessions to the small land holding peasants, reveal the latter to be a bankrupt marxist, barely being a marxist in theory, while in practice he beholdens to the thought and practice of mensheviks and right socialist revolutionaries who wanted to prevent the bourgeosie peasant revolution from being carried out all the way through to its conclusion Hence, the label renegade someone who has lost his way In any case, Lenin s polemic has obviously piqued my interest in Kautsky s pre renegade works

  3. Aaron Crofut says:

    A vile screed against a man who pointed out holes in the Soviet system and mainstream Marxist thought Kautsky asked how a violent revolution could be prevented from collapsing into an oligarchical dictatorship, rather than the rule of the people Lenin does not address that problem but rather accuses Kautsky of betraying Marxist thought Marx is basically treated like prophets in the Old Testament, infallible Ironically enough, the all mighty History has proven Lenin wrong Mankind will always A vile screed against a man who pointed out holes in the Soviet system and mainstream Marxist thought Kautsky asked how a violent revolution could be prevented from collapsing into an oligarchical dictatorship, rather than the rule of the people Lenin does not address that problem but rather accuses Kautsky of betraying Marxist thought Marx is basically treated like prophets in the Old Testament, infallible Ironically enough, the all mighty History has proven Lenin wrong Mankind will always have factions, and so long as the iron law of oligarchy remains, there will always be a distinction between those who have political power and those who do not The larger the group of people, thenecessary it is Marx never described the post revolution time in any detail for a reason it ain t possible

  4. Martin Empson says:

    Lenin notes at the end of the last chapter, that his last few lines were written on the same night that news reached Russia of the seizure of power in numerous German towns, including the capital by Soviets of Workers and Soldiers Deputies For Lenin this in itself was the final rebuttal of Kautsky s politics and offered new hope for the Russia Revolution itself Sadly this was a false dawn, but this neglected book of Lenin s remains a powerful declaration of the hopes of the revolution and a Lenin notes at the end of the last chapter, that his last few lines were written on the same night that news reached Russia of the seizure of power in numerous German towns, including the capital by Soviets of Workers and Soldiers Deputies For Lenin this in itself was the final rebuttal of Kautsky s politics and offered new hope for the Russia Revolution itself Sadly this was a false dawn, but this neglected book of Lenin s remains a powerful declaration of the hopes of the revolution and a defence of the revolution itself.Full review

  5. Eren Buğlalılar says:

    Hi eskimeyen ve eskimeyecek bir kitap Gun m zde T rkiye de yap lan soyut, s n fs z demokrasi tart malar na dair de s yleyecek ok eyi var Lenin genel bir demokrasi sorunundan bahsetmenin yanl oldu unu, bir s n f n demokrasi olarak uygulad rejimin di er bir s n f i in diktat rl k anlam na geldi ini ve burjuvaziye kar iddet uygulaman n zorunlulu unu a k a ortaya koymu Bir siyasal tip olarak Kautskyleri anlamak i in elzem.

  6. pplofgod says:

    lenin the bolsheshit rekts liberal kautsky

  7. some maoist says:

    Lenin very angrily defends the October Revolution and the second Dictatorship of the Proletariat in history against Kautsky gone social imperialist.When capitalism reached its highest stage, imperialism, at the end of the 19th century, fundamental changes took place within the working class movement based on an altered class structure of the imperialist nations The labor aristocracy was created with the superprofits pressed out of he oppressed and exploited nations and a social imperialist lead Lenin very angrily defends the October Revolution and the second Dictatorship of the Proletariat in history against Kautsky gone social imperialist.When capitalism reached its highest stage, imperialism, at the end of the 19th century, fundamental changes took place within the working class movement based on an altered class structure of the imperialist nations The labor aristocracy was created with the superprofits pressed out of he oppressed and exploited nations and a social imperialist leadership emerged and soon became dominant In the case of Germany, for example, the SPD already had a right wing arguing for colonization to better the living standards of the German proletariat meaning buy them off to lead them towards reformist politics at the end of the 19th century This right wing of the party became dominant, asandcadre turned social imperialists too Similar developments took place all over the imperialist nations Kautksy was a figure of great importance to the entire working class movement, producing great theoretical contributions and early on struggling against the revisionism of Bernstein But he, too, turned social imperialist This was a blow to the communist movement and it explains why Lenin, who like almost no other person in history stood for principled internationalism, is so angry in this work.The strengths of the book are its passionate and insightful defense of the DotP specifically in its Soviet form but also in general and the October Revolution Along the road Lenin gives insights into a refined theory of the state we can glimpse an understanding of the civil society and the importance of revolutionizing the superstructure along with the base an insight who s importance only grew with the success of the counter revolutions in the USSR after Stalin and China after the gang of four Lenin also provides a strong chapter on proletarian internationalism again, it is hard to overemphasize how important this aspect is particularly in the age of imperialism and for the communist movement in the imperialist nations , including a critique of pacifism which ultimately only serves the bourgeoisie.However, these strength come with a barrage of insults against Kautsky that aren t always witty and sometimes really notthan insults indeed This is not to defend Kautsky in any way, but it limits the enjoyment of the text And despite its short length the text feels padded and artificially stretched.Lenin was undeniably the most important theoretician of the 20th century, a figure who will shine through the ages and remain an inspiration and guide to all oppressed and exploited people all over the earth But while this work has its strength, measured by his greatest achievements it is a minor work However the importance of its essence, the struggle against social imperialism, against the false leadership of the communist movement in the imperialist nations, remains absolutely key as long as capitalism exists

  8. Thodoris Patsatzis says:

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  9. Appox7 says:

    Lenin dissing the great orthodox Karl Kautsky for an entire pamphlet Pretty good stuff although most of Lenin s arguments seem pretty weak and even almost comedic in hindsight Very interesting read noneless.

  10. Alex Harris-MacDuff says:

    Lenin is so salty in this, it s incredible.

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