V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written prior to August 2, 1911, in Paris
Published: First published in 1964 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 48. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, pages 279b-280a.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear L. B.,

I am sending you the proof-sheets.[1]

In § “Two Parties” (especially in the end, page 86 in fine[2] —see separate sheet) changes are necessary. (1) We must not call for a break with the conciliators. This is quite uncalled for and incorrect. A “persuasive” tone should be adopted towards them, by no means should they be antagonised. (2) The split should be discussed with more tact, always choosing formulations to the effect that the liquidators have broken away, created and proclaimed a “complete break”, and that the Party ought not to tolerate them (“and the conciliators ought not to confuse issues”), and so on.

That’s how you put it mostly. But not always. Look through § “Two Parties” once again.

We shall tone down the reply to the Germans. You are right in saying it sounds rather sharp.

Do not fail to send in the proofs of the § on the conciliators.

All the best,


[1] A reference to L. B. Kamenev’s pamphlet Two Parties. For Lenin’s introduction to it see present edition, Vol. 17, pp. 225–28.—Ed.

[2] At the end.—Ed.

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