V. I. Lenin
APRIL 12–27 (APRIL 25–MAY 10), 1905
REMARKS ON RUMYANTSEV’S DRAFT RESOLUTION ON THE QUESTION OF OPEN POLITICAL
ACTION BY THE R.S.D.L.P.
I think the resolution should be reworded as follows:
(1) stating that under the pressure of the revolutionary movement,
there is an actual beginning of open action by the political parties, etc.
(2) that in this the liberals have gone especially far, their
actual privilege (Schmidt’s point 1).
(3) that there is a tremendous urge among the workers for the
same thing (Schmidt’s point 2).
—c o n c l u s i o n s:
- (1) no occasion should be missed for open action, the workers to
be organised into an independent force in the course of the action
- (2) even the slightest legal forms should be used in an effort
to get the legal labour organisations under Social-Democratic influence;
- (3) the idea should be spread in all labour organisations and
among the broadest possible masses of the need of taking practical measures
to set up, alongside our secret apparatus, an apparatus for open Political
[+0) The b e g i n n i n g of the actual winning of freedom
- 1) The working masses strive for open action.
- 2) The liberals are making intensive use and are
gaining a preponderance.
- 3) The need to prepare for a possible transition in the near
future from the usual, exclusively secret forms of activity to open forms.
- 1) no occasion should be missed ... open action to be worked out
by separate organisations on the spot
- 2) the use of even partial legal forms of organisation
in an effort to subject them to Social-Democratic
|Written between April 16 and 19 (April 29 and May 2), 1905
||Printed from the original|
|First published in 1926 in Lenin Miscellany V
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