V. I.   Lenin


Written: Written on October 8, 1912
Published: First published in 1930 in Lenin Miscellany XIII. Sent from Cracow to Geneva. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 193.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear K.,

I have not been following the recent peace congresses. I know about the participation of the socialists—and about its opportunist character—but only from hearsay.[1]

I will not undertake to express myself definitely on this question before I have read the reports of at least one congress. The question is a complicated one. The general growth of opportunism, and the “balancing” of its forces with those of revolutionary Social-Democracy in the big countries of the labour movement (Germany), must surely tell in this sphere too. Let Bebel play the diplomatist with the opportunists—if this is essential (?)—but it does not befit us to do so. That’s all I can say just now.

Greetings to Comrade Olga and all our friends, including Gorin. How is he getting on? What news have you? What are your relations with Plekhanov? Do you have any talks?

Kamenev, on his way to Paris, will go to Switzerland to lecture in the autumn (he is now here). Perhaps I, too, shall manage to come in the winter.



[1] A reference to the 19th International Peace Congress held in Geneva from September 22 to 28, 1912.

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