V. I.   Lenin

Agency of the Liberal Bourgeoisie

Published: Sotsial-Demokrat, No. 25, December 8 (21), 191i. Published according to the Sotsial-Demokrat text.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1974], Moscow, Volume 17, page 342.
Translated: Dora Cox
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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This issue was almost complete when we received L’Avenir, No. 9. We have called this paper a liberal salon. It appears that sometimes agents of the Russian liberal bourgeoisie take the floor in this salon in order to gain control over the revolutionaries. An agent of this kind wrote the leader in No. 9 welcoming the decision of the Cadets to form a bloc with the Octobrists! “We could wish,” write the liberals with bombs, “that all Left parties, including the socialist and revolutionary parties, would express them selves in the same spirit and be guided by similar principles.”

Of course, why shouldn’t the counter-revolutionary liberal want this to happen! Only it is necessary for the public to know what it is all about; when the leader in L’Avenir says “we socialists”, “we revolutionaries”, it must be read as meaning “we liberals”.

We have just received the papers with the news that Voiloshnikov has been barred from fifteen sessions of the Duma.[1] The Cadets were in favour of his exclusion from five sessions!! Long live the Cadet-Octobrist bloc—for the exclusion of democrats and Social-Democrats from ten sessions!!


[1] A. A. Voiloshnikov, member of the Social-Democratic group in the Third Duma, spoke on December 2 (15), 1911 at the 35th sitting of the Duma during the discussion of the Bill on Amendments to the Regulations on Military Service. He described the tsarist army as a police army, and urged the arming of the people in place of the standing army. The Chairman of the Dump there upon recommended that he be barred from five Duma sittings. After a second statement by A. A. Voiloshnikov at the same sitting, the number of exclusions from sittings was raised to 45. The Cadets voted for the first proposal of the Chairman.

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