V. I. Lenin

German Social-Democracy and the Right of Nations to Self-Determination{1}

Written: Written in 1915
Published: First published in 1937 in Lenin Miscellany XXX. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 41, pages 355.2-356.1.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
Copyleft: V. I. Lenin Internet Archive (www.marxists.org) © 2004 Permission is granted to copy and/or distribute this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.  

German Social-Democracy was the strongest and most influential party of the Second International. That is why, on the one hand, it bears the greatest responsibility for its   collapse, and on the other, its example and experience are most important for studying the reasons of this collapse and for analysing the measures, ways and means for fighting the opportunism which has strangulated that party.

The opportunism which has strangulated the Social-Democratic Party of Germany and has transformed that party into a national-liberal labour party, has crystallised as social-chauvinism in the 1914–15 war.


{1} This is apparently the beginning of an unfinished article. p. 355

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