V. I.   Lenin

From the Economic Life of Russia

Published: Iskra, No. 17, February 15, 1902. Published according to the Iskra text.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1964, Moscow, Volume 6, pages 86-96.
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Under this general heading we intend to publish from time to time, as the material accumulates, articles and commentaries in which all aspects of Russia’s economic life and economic development will be described from the Marxist point of view. Now that Iskra[1] has begun to appear fort-nightly, the absence of such a section is most keenly felt. However, we must call the most earnest attention of all comrades and sympathisers of our publications to the fact that to conduct this section (at all properly) we need an abundance of material and in this respect our editors find themselves in an exceptionally unfavourable position. The contributor to the legal press cannot even imagine the most elementary obstacles that sometimes frustrate the intentions and endeavours of the “underground” writer. Do not forget, gentlemen, that we cannot use the Imperial National Library, where tens and hundreds of special publications and local newspapers are at the service of the journalist. Material for an economics section at all befitting a “news paper,” i.e., material that is at all brisk, topical, and interesting to both reader and writer, is scattered in small local newspapers and in special publications which are mostly either too expensive or are not at all on sale (government, Zemstvo,[2] medical publications, etc.). That is why it will be possible to run an economics section tolerably well only if all readers of the illegal newspaper act in accordance with the proverb: “Many a little makes a mickle.” Putting aside all false modesty, the Editorial Board of Iskra must admit that in this respect they are very poorly supplied. We are sure that most of our readers are able to read the most various special and local publications, and actually do   read them “for themselves.” Only when every such reader asks himself each lime he comes across some interesting item: “Is this material available to the editors of our paper? What have I done to acquaint them with this material?”— only then shall we succeed in having all the outstanding developments in Russia’s economic life appraised, not only from the standpoint of the official, Novoye Vremya,[3] Witte panegyrics, not only for the sake of the traditional liberal-Narodnik plaints, but also from the standpoint of revolutionary Social-Democracy.

And now, after this non-liberal plaint, let us get down to the subject.

1. The Savings-Banks

Of late the savings-banks have become one of the most favoured subjects of panegyrics, not only from Witte, but from the “critics” as well. The Davids and Hertzes, the Chernovs and Bulgakovs, the Prokopoviches and Totomiantses, in a word, all adherents of the fashionable “criticism of Marxism” (to say nothing of respectable professors, like the Kablukovs and Karyshevs) chant in various tones and voices: “These orthodox devotees talk about the concentration of capital!—Why, the savings-banks alone show us the decentralisation of capital. They talk of mounting poverty! In actual fact, we see an increase in small savings among the people.”

Let us take the official statistics on the Russian savings-banks for 1899,[4] which someone was kind enough to send us, and examine them more closely. In 1899 there was a total of 4,781 state savings-banks in Russia, of which 3,718 were located at post- and telegraph-offices and 84 at factories. In five years (from 1895 to 1899) the number of savings-banks increased by 1,189, i.e., by one-third. During the same period the number of depositors increased from 1,664,000 to 3,145,000, i.e., by almost one and a half million (by 89 per cent), and the total deposits increased from 330,000,000 rubles to 608,000,000 rubles, i.e., by 278,000,000 rubles, or by 84 per cent. And so there has apparently been an enormous increase in “the people’s savings”?

But what strikes the eye in this connection is the following circumstance. From literature about the savings banks it is known that in the eighties and early nineties the total deposits increased most rapidly in the famine years, 1891 and 1892. That is on the one hand. On the other, we know that during this period in general, during the eighties and nineties taken together, the increase in “the people’s savings” was accompanied by an astonishingly rapid and drastic process of impoverishment, ruin, and starvation among the peasantry. To understand how these conflicting phenomena could go together one need only recall that the growth of money economy was the principal feature in Russia’s economic life during the period mentioned. The increase in savings-bank deposits is by itself not at all indicative of a growth in “the people’s” savings in general, but only of a growth in monetary “savings” (and sometimes even only of their concentration in central institutions). Among the peasantry, for example, it is quite possible that, with the transition from natural economy to money economy, there should be an increase in monetary savings with a decrease in the sum-total of “the people’s” savings. The peasant of the old type kept his savings in a stocking when these savings were in cash, but most often these savings were made up of grain, fodder, coarse linen, firewood, and like articles “in kind.” The peasant who has been or is being ruined now has savings neither in kind nor in cash, while a negligible minority of peasants who are growing rich are accumulating monetary savings which are beginning to find their way into state savings-banks. Hence, the in crease in deposits parallel with the spread of famine is quite understandable; what it denotes is not an advancement in the people’s welfare, but the elimination of the old-type, independent, peasant by the new rural bourgeoisie, i.e., the wealthy peasants, who are unable to run their farms without permanent farm labourers and day labourers.

The statistics classifying depositors according to occupation provide interesting oblique confirmation of what has been said above. These data cover nearly three million (2,942,000) accounts, with deposits totalling 545,000,000 rubles. The average deposit is shown to be 185 rubles—a   sum, as you see, that clearly points to the predominance, among depositors, of “fortunates” who constitute a negligible minority of the Russian people and who have inherited or acquired property. The biggest depositors are the clergy: 46,000,000 rubles spread over 137,000 accounts, i.e., an average of 333 rubles per account. It seems that being responsible for saving the souls of their flock is not an unprofitable business.... Next in line are the landowners: 9,000,000 rubles on 36,000 accounts, i.e., average of 268 rubles; further—merchants: 59,000,000 rubles on 268,000 accounts, i.e., an average of 222 rubles; then come officers—with an average of 219 rubles per account, civil servants—averaging 202 rubles. “Agricultural and other rural occupations” hold only sixth place: 640,000 accounts totalling 126,000,000 rubles, i.e., the average account is 197 rubles; then come “employees in private businesses”—with an average of 196 rubles; “miscellaneous occupations — 186 rubles; urban trades—159 rubles; “domestic servants”— 143 rubles; factory workers—136 rubles, and last come “private soldiers”—86 rubles.

Thus, factory workers practically come last among depositors (exclusive of private soldiers, who are maintained by the state)! Even domestic servants have higher average savings (143 rubles per account, as against 136 rubles) and possess a much larger number of accounts. To be precise: domestic servants have 333,000 accounts with deposits totalling 48,000,000 rubles, while factory workers have 157,000 accounts with deposits totalling 21,000,000 rubles. The proletariat, which creates all the wealth of our aristocracy and our magnates, is in a worse condition than servants of the latter! Of the total number of Russian factory workers (not less than two million people) only approximately one-sixth are able to make even the most modest deposits in the savings-banks[5]—and this despite the fact that workers’ entire income comes exclusively in money, and they often have to support families living in the villages, so that for the most part their deposits are not “savings” at all in the real sense of the word, but simply sums put aside for the next remittance to their families, etc. Moreover, we say nothing of the fact that the group listed under the heading “factory workers” probably   includes office clerks, foremen, superintendents, in a word, persons who are not actually factory workers.

As to the peasants—if one considers that they are mostly entered under the heading of “agricultural and other rural occupations,"—well, their average savings account is, as we have seen, higher than even that of employees in private businesses, and considerably exceeds the average savings of those coming under the heading of “urban trades” (i.e., presumably, shopkeepers, artisans, janitors, etc.). Obviously, these 640,000 peasants (out of approximately 10,000,000 households, or families) with 126,000,000 rubles in savings-banks belong exclusively to the peasant bourgeoisie. It is only to these peasants, and perhaps to those most closely associated with them, that the data on progress in agriculture, the spread of machinery, improvements in land cultivation, and higher living standards, etc., apply— data brought forward against the socialists by Messrs. the Wittes so as to show an “advancement in the people’s welfare,” and by Messrs. the Liberals (and the “Critics”) so as to refute the “Marxist dogma” about the decline and ruin of small-scale farming. These gentlemen do not notice (or pretend not to notice) that the decline of small-scale production is expressed precisely in the fact that a negligible number of people who grow rich through the ruin of the masses come from the ranks of the small producers.

Of still greater interest are data classifying the total number of depositors according to the size of their deposits. In round figures, this classification is as follows: of three million depositors, one million possess accounts not exceeding 25 rubles. Their deposits total 7,000,000 rubles (out of 545,000,000 rubles, i.e., only 12 kopeks of every 10 rubles of the aggregate deposits!). The average account is 7 rubles. That is to say, the really small depositors, who constitute one-third of the total number, possess only 1/(?), of the aggregate sum. Further, depositors with accounts of between 25 and 100 rubles constitute one-fifth of the total number (600,000) and own a total of 36,000,000 rubles, the average account being 55 rubles. If we combine these two groups, we see that over 50 per cent of all depositors (1,600,000 out of 3,000,000) own only 42,000,000 rubles, or 1/12, of the grand total of 545,000,000 rubles. Of the remaining   well-to-do depositors one million have accounts ranging from 100 to 500 rubles, with deposits totalling 209,000,000 rubles, the average account being 223 rubles. Four hundred thousand depositors have accounts exceeding 500 rubles each, with deposits totalling 293,000,000 rubles, an average of 762 rubles. Consequently, these evidently well-to-do people, who form less than 1/7 of the total number of depositors, possess more than half (54 per cent) of the total capital.

Hence, the concentration of capital in present-day society, the dispossession of the masses, makes itself felt with great force even in an institution especially intended for the “younger brother,” the poorer section of the population, since deposits are limited by law to 1,000 rubles. And let us note that this concentration of property, which is typical of any capitalist society, is still higher in the advanced countries, despite the greater “democratisation” of their savings-banks. In France, for instance, as of December 31, 1899, there were 10,500,000 savings-bank accounts with deposits totalling 4,337,000,000 francs (a franc is slightly less than 40 kopeks). That makes an average of 412 francs per account, or about 160 rubles, i.e., less than the average deposit in Russian savings-banks. The number of small depositors in France is also comparatively larger than in Russia: approximately one-third of depositors (3 1/3 million) have accounts ranging up to 20 francs (8 rubles), the average deposit being 13 francs (5 rubles). Altogether these depositors possess only 35,000,000 francs out of a total of 4,337,000,000, i.e., 1/125 Depositors with accounts of up to 100 francs constitute a little over 50 per cent of the total number (5,300,000), but possess a total of only 143,000,000 francs, i.e., 1/33 of the aggregate deposits. On the other hand, depositors with accounts of 1,000 francs and over (400 rubles and over), while constituting less than one-fifth (18.5 per cent) of the total number of depositors, have concentrated in their hands over two-thirds (68.7 per cent) of all deposits, viz., 2,979,000,000 francs out of a total of 4,337,000,000 francs.

Thus, the reader now has before him a certain amount of information for an appraisal of our “critics"’ arguments. One and the same fact—the enormous increase   in savings-bank deposits, and in particular the increase in the number of small depositors—is interpreted in different ways. The “critics of Marxism” say: the people’s welfare is growing and decentralisation of capital is increasing. The socialists say: what is taking place is the conversion of savings “in kind” into monetary savings, and the number of well-to-do peasants, who are turning bourgeois and converting their savings into capital, is increasing. An incomparably more rapid growth is to be seen in the number of peasants being driven into the ranks of the proletariat, which lives by the sale of its labour-power and puts (at least temporarily) part of its meagre income into the savings-banks. The large number of small depositors merely goes to show how numerous are the poor in capitalist society, since the share of these small depositors in the aggregate deposits is negligible.

The question arises: in what way do the “critics” differ from the most ordinary bourgeois?

Let us go further, and see how the capital of the savings-banks is used and for what purposes. In Russia this capital serves primarily to strengthen the might of the militarist and bourgeois-police state. The tsarist government (as we have already pointed out in a leading article in No. 15 of Iskra[See present edition, Vol. 5, “The Budget”.—Ed.]) disposes of this capital just as arbitrarily as it does of all other public property it lays hands on. It quite calmly “borrows” hundreds of millions of this capital for financing its Chinese expeditions, for hand-outs to capitalists and landowners, for re-equipping the army, enlarging the navy, etc. Thus, in 1899, for example, 613,000,000 rubles out of aggregate savings-bank deposits of 679,000,000 rubles were invested in securities, viz., 230,000,000 rubles in state loans, 215,000,000 rubles in mortgages held by the Land Banks, and 168,000,000 rubles in railway loans.

The Treasury is doing some very profitable “business”: first, it covers all expenses incurred by the savings-banks and gets a net profit (hitherto credited to the reserve fund of the savings-banks); secondly, it compels the depositors to cover the deficits in our state economy (compels them to   loan money to the Treasury). From 1894 to 1899, deposits in savings-banks totalled an average of 250,000,000 rubles per annum, while withdrawals amounted to 200,000,000 rubles. Consequently, that leaves fifty million rubles annually that can be used for loans to patch up holes in the Treasury’s money-bags, into which thieving fingers are dipped by all but the laziest. Why fear deficits due to squandering money on wars and on hand-outs to hangers-on at Court, to landlords and manufacturers when it is always possible to obtain sizable sums from the “people’s savings”!

We shall add parenthetically that one of the reasons the Treasury is conducting such profitable business is because it is steadily lowering the rate of interest paid on monetary deposits, which is lower than the interest on securities. For example, in 1894 the interest paid on monetary deposits was 4.12 per cent, and on securities—4.34 per cent; in 1899 it was 3.92 per cent and 4.02 per cent, respectively. As is well known, reduction of interest is a feature common to all capitalist countries and it brings out most clearly and graphically the growth of big capital and large-scale production at the expense of small-scale production, because in the final analysis the rate of interest is determined by the ratio between aggregate prof its and the aggregate capital invested in production. Nor can we ignore the fact that the Treasury is constantly intensifying its exploitation of postal and telegraph employees: at first they had only the mails to look after; then the telegraph was added; now they have been burdened also with the job of receiving and paying out savings deposits (it should be remembered that 3,718 out of the 4,781 savings-banks are at post- and telegraph-offices). A terrific increase in the intensity of labour and a longer working day—that is what this means to the mass of postal and telegraph employees. As to their salaries, the Treasury scrimps on them like the most close-fisted kulak: the lowest grade of employees, those who have just entered service, are paid literally starvation rates; then comes an endlessly graded succession of twenty-five-kopek and fifty-kopek rises, and the prospect of a niggardly pension after forty to fifty years of drudgery is intended to increase even more the bondage of this varitable “proletariat of officialdom.”

But let us return to the way savings-bank capital is used. We have seen that (by order of the Russian Government) the banks invest 215,000,000 rubles in mortgages held by the Land Banks and 168,000,000 rubles in railway loans. This fact has provided food for still another and of late extremely widespread display of bourgeois ... I meant to say “critical” wisdom. In essence, the Bernsteins, the Hertzes, the Ghernovs, the Bulgakovs, and their like tell us, this fact means that the small depositors in the savings-banks are becoming railway owners and land mortgage holders. It is a fact, they argue, that even such purely capitalist and colossal enterprises as the railways and banks are becoming more and more decentralised, are being divided up, and are passing into the hands of petty proprietors, who acquire them by purchasing shares, bonds, mortgages, etc.; it is a fact that the wealthy, the owners of property are growing in number—yet those narrow-minded Marxists are fussing about with the antiquated theory of concentration and the theory of impoverishment. If, for instance, the Russian factory workers have 157,000 accounts at savings-banks with aggregate deposits amounting to 21,000,000 rubles, about 5,000,000 rubles of this sum is invested in railway loans, and about 8,000,000 rubles in Land Bank mortgages. That means that Russian factory workers own 5,000,000 rubles’ worth of railways and are landowners worth 8,000,000 rubles. Now go and talk of a proletariat! Hence, the workers are exploiting the landowners, since, in the form of interest on mortgages, they receive a modicum of rent, i.e., a small portion of the surplus-value.

Yes, this precisely is the line of reasoning adopted by the latest critics of Marxism.... And—here is something that will surprise you—I am prepared to agree with the widespread opinion that we should welcome this “criticism,” since it has brought a stir into a theory which was alleged to be stagnant; I am prepared to agree to that on the following condition. There was a time when the French socialists whetted their skill as propagandists and agitators by analysing the sophisms of Bastiat, while the German socialists followed suit by unravelling the sophisms of Schulze-Delitzsch[6]; as for us, Russians, it has thus far fallen to   our lot to deal only with the company of “critics.” And so, I am prepared to shout, “Long live criticism!”—on condition that, in our propaganda and agitation among the masses, we, socialists, engage as widely as possible in an analysis of all the bourgeois sophisms of fashionable “criticism.” If you agree to this condition we can call it a bargain! Incidentally, our bourgeoisie are more and more maintaining a discreet silence; for they prefer the protection of the tsarist archangels [ An appellation given in tsarist Russia to members of the secret police.—Ed.] to that of the bourgeois theoreticians, and it will be very convenient for us to accept the “critics” as the “devil’s advocates.”

Through the savings-banks eyer larger numbers of workers and small producers are taking a share in big enterprises. This is undoubtedly a fact. What this fact shows, how ever, is not an increase in the number of property-owners, but 1) the growing socialisation of labour in capitalist society, and 2) the growing subordination of small-scale production to large-scale production. Take the small Russian depositor. Over 50 per cent of such depositors, as we have seen, have accounts of up to 100 rubles, to wit 1,618,000 depositors with savings totalling 42,000,000 rubles, i.e., an average of 26 rubles per depositor. Thus, this depositor “owns” about 6 rubles’ worth of railways and about 9 rubles’ worth of “landed property.” Does this make him wealthy or a “proprietor”? No, he remains a proletarian, who is forced to sell his labour-power, i.e., to become a slave of those who own the means of production. As for his “share” in “railway and banking” business, it merely shows that capitalism is increasingly linking together individual members of society and individual classes. The interdependence of individual producers was infinitesimal in patriarchal economy; it is now constantly increasing. Labour is becoming more and more social, and enterprises less and less “private,” although they still remain almost entirely in private hands.

His participation in a big enterprise undoubtedly weaves the small depositor into the pattern of that enterprise. Who benefits from this link? Big capital does, which extends its transactions by paying the small depositor no   more (and often less) than it pays any other lender, and by being the more independent of the small depositors, the smaller and the more scattered the latter are. We have seen that the share of the small depositors is extremely small even in the savings-bank capital. How insignificant, then, must it be in the capital of the railway and banking magnates? By giving his mite to these magnates, the small depositor enters into a new dependence on big capital. He cannot even think of having any say in the use of this big capital; his “profit” is ridiculously small (26 rubles at 4 percent=1 ruble a year!). Yet in the event of a failure he loses even his miserable mite. What the abundance of these small depositors signifies is not the decentralisation of big capital but the strengthening of the power of big capital, which is able to dispose of even the smallest mites in the “people’s” savings. His share in big enterprises does not make the small depositor more independent; on the contrary, he becomes more dependent on the big proprietor.

What follows from the increase in the number of small depositors is not the reassuring philistine deduction about an increase in the number of wealthy people, but the revolutionary conclusion of the growing dependence of the small depositors on the big, of the mounting contradiction between the increasingly socialised nature of the enterprises and the preservation of private ownership of the means of production. The more the savings-banks develop, the more interested do the small depositors become in the socialist victory of the proletariat, which alone will make them real, and not fictitious, “sharers” in and administrators of social wealth.


[1] Iskra (The Spark)—the first all-Russian illegal Marxist news paper, which Lenin founded in 1900 and which played a decisive part in creating the revolutionary Marxist party of the working class.

Since police persecution made publication of a revolutionary newspaper impossible in Russia, Lenin, while in exile in Siberia, worked out all details of a plan for publishing one abroad. When his exile ended (January 1900), he immediately set about giving effect to this plan. In February 1900 Lenin conducted negotiations in St. Petersburg with V. I. Zasulich, who had illegally come there from abroad, on participation of the Emancipation of Labour group in publishing an all-Russian Marxist newspaper. In late March and early April 1900, the so-called “Pskov Conference” took place, at which V. I. Lenin, Y. 0. Martov, A. N. Potresov and S. I. Radchenko, together with the “legal Marxists” P. B. Struve and M. I. Tugan-Baranovsky, discussed Lenin’s draft editorial declaration on the programme and tasks of an all-Russian newspaper (Iskra) and a scientific-political magazine (Zarya). Lenin visited a number of Russian cities (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Riga, Smolensk, Nizhni-Novgorod, Ufa, Samara, Syzran), established connections with Social-Democratic groups and individual Social-Democrats and came to an agreement with them concerning support for the future Iskra. When Lenin arrived in Switzer land in August 1900, he and A. N. Potresov had a conference with members of the Emancipation of Labour group concerning the programme and tasks of the newspaper and the magazine, possible contributors, and the composition and location of the editorial board. These negotiations almost ended in a rupture (see present edition, Vol. 4,“How the ‘Spark’ Was Nearly Extinguished,” pp. 333-49), but finally agreement on all the questions at issue was reached with the Emancipation of Labour group.

The first number of Lenin’s Iskra was published in Leipzig in December 1900, while the following numbers came out in Munich, in London from July 1902 and in Geneva from the spring of 1903. Great assistance in organising the publication of Iskra was given by the German Social-Democrats Clara Zetkin, Adolf Braun and others, by the Polish revolutionary Julian Marchlewski who was living in Munich at the time, and by Harry Quelch, one of the leaders of the British Social-Democratic Federation. The Editorial Board of Iskra consisted of V. I. Lenin, G. V. Plekhanov, Y. 0. Martov, P. B. Axelrod, A. N. Potresov, and V. I. Zasulich. I. G. Smidovich-Leman was the first secretary of the Editorial Board, to be later followed, from the spring of 1901, by N. K. Krupskaya,   who also dealt with all Iskra’s correspondence with Russian Democratic organisations.

Iskra centred its attention on problems of the revolutionary struggle of the proletariat and all the working people of Russia against the tsarist autocracy, but it also p aid great attention to leading international events, and chiefly to the international working-class movement. In actual fact Lenin was the editor-in-chief and leader of Iskra; he wrote articles on all the main questions of Party construction and the Russian proletariat’s class struggle.

Iskra became the centre for the unification of the Party’s forces, mobilising and training the Party’s cadres. In a number of Russian cities (St. Petersburg, Moscow, Samara, etc.) R.S.D.L.P. groups and committees of Lenin’s Iskra trend were established, and in January 1902 a Russian Iskra organisation was set up at a conference of Iskra supporters held in Samara. The Iskra organisations were created and carried out their work under the direct guidance of Lenin’s pupils and comrades-in-arms: N. E. Bauman, I. V. Babushkin, S. I. Gusev, M. I. Kalinin, P. A. Krasikov, G. M. Krzhizhanovsky, F. V. Leugnik, P. N. Lepeshtnsky, I. I. Radchenko, and others.

On Lenin’s initiative and with his direct participation, the Iskra Editorial Board drew up the draft Party programme (published in No. 21 of Iskra) and prepared the Second Congress of the R.S.D.L.P., which took place in July-August 1903. When the Congress met, most local Social-Democratic organisations In Russia had adhered to Iskra, approved its tactics, programme, and organisational plan, and recognised it as their leading organ. A special decision of the Congress noted the unique role of Iskra in the struggle for the Party, and appointed it the Central Organ of the R.S.D.L.P. The Second Congress ratified an editorial board consisting of Lenin, Plekhanov, and Martov. Martov, who insisted on retention of all six former editors, refused to go on the board, despite the Party Congress decision, and Nos. 46-51 of the paper appeared under the editorship of Lenin and Plekhanov. Later Plekhanov went over to the Menshevik position, and demanded that the Iskra Editorial Board should include all the old Menshevik editors rejected by the Congress. Lenin could not agree to this, and on October 19 (November 1), 1903, he left the Iskra Editorial Board. He was co-opted into the Central Committee and from there conducted a struggle against the Menshevik opportunists. No. 52 of Iskra appeared under the editorship of Plekhanov alone. On November 13 (26), 1903, Plekhanov, acting alone and in defiance of the Congress, co-opted the former Menshevik editors into the Iskra Editorial Board. Beginning with No. 52, the Mensheviks transformed Iskra into their own organ. p. 86

[2] Zemstvo—the name given to the local government bodies introduced in the central gubernias of tsarist Russia in 1864.

The powers of the Zemstvos were limited to purely local economic problems (hospital and road building, statistics, insurance, etc.). Their activities were controlled by the provincial governors   and by the Ministry of the Interior, which could overrule any decisions disapproved by the government. p. 86

[3] In speaking of the “Novoye Vremya panegyrics” V. I. Lenin has in mind the reactionary trend of the tsarist Russian press as typified by the newspaper Novoye Vremya (New Times) which was published in St. Petersburg from 1868 to October 1917.

Novoye Vremya-ism was an expression used to denote reactionism, venality, and toadyism. p. 87

[4] V. I. Lenin has in view the “Report of the State Savings-Banks for 1899,” published by the Board of the State Savings-Banks (year of publication not indicated). p. 87

[5] The calculation is inaccurate: 157,000 is not one-sixth, but approximately one-twelfth of the two million factory workers. p. 89

[6] Bastiat—French bourgeois economist of the first half of the nineteenth century. Bastiat preached civil peace, the “harmony of interests” of the various classes of bourgeois society. Karl Marx in his work, “Carey and Bastiat,” written in July-December 1857, sharply criticised and ridiculed Bastiat’s doctrine.

Schulze-Delitzsch—German economist and supporter of Bastiat. In an effort to divert workers and artisans, who were becoming proletarianised, from the revolutionary struggle, he advocated the establishment of co-operative societies and loan and savings-banks, which, he claimed, could improve the proletariat’s condition within the framework of capitalism and save the artisan small producers from ruin. p. 94

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