V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written after December 18, 1913
Published: Published for the first time in the Fourth (Russian) Edition of the Collected Works. Sent from Cracow to Paris. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1976], Moscow, Volume 35, page 130.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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I have just had the telegram, and changed the envelope, which had been marked for A....

What’s happening to the Central Organ?? This is a disgrace and a scandal!! No sign of it yet, and not even the proofs. Enquire and get an explanation, please.

The issue of Vorwärts where Kautsky used the rotten phrase that there is no Party (die alte Partei sei verschwunden literally) is No. 333 of December 18, 1913. You should get hold of it (rue de Bretagne. 49 or somewhere else) and organise a protest campaign. We are for an exchange of opinion, for the resolution of the I.S.B.—this N.B.—but are absolutely against Kautsky’s scoundrelly phrase.[2] He should be beaten unmercifully for this, with the reservation that we are for Aussprache (exchange of opinion), etc.


[1] Armand, Inessa (1875–1920)—outstanding figure in the international women’s working-class and communist movement. She became   a member of the Bolshevik Party in 1904 and took an active part in the 1905–07 revolution and in the Great October Socialist Revolution of 1917.

[2] Reference is to Kautsky’s speech at the meeting of the International Socialist Bureau on December 14, 1913. It was criticised severely by Lenin in his articles “A Good Resolution and a Bad Speech” and “Kautsky’s Unpardonable Error” (see present edition, Vol. 49, pp. 528–31 and 546–48).

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