V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written February 3, 1917
Published: First published in 1964 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 49. Sent from Zurich to Davos. Printed from the original. Translated from the German.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, page 608.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Radek,

Spectator’s pamphlet[1] is so absurd that at first I had doubts whether it was worth answering. But as this petty intrigant is trying, by the most despicable and stupid means, to make capital out of our differences, I presume—especially since he names me, and only me, personally—that it is my right and my duty to answer him. I shall do everything to have this reply published not only in Russian.

As regards our draft resolution against defence of the fatherland (for Switzerland),[2] I forgot to tell you the following: my draft (the opening §§ in my theses) satisfied you, that is, I succeeded then in expressing our common point of view. Why not adopt it as a basis for our joint draft?

My best regards,

P.S. I have received from America No. 1 of the new weekly Internationalist. They announce in the Manifesto their solidarity with the “Lefts in Europe”. The publisher is Pannekoek of Vorbote. What should I send you—the English original or the Russian translation?


[1] See previous document.—Ed.

[2] This refers to “Theses on the Attitude of the Swiss Social-Democratic Party Towards the War” (see present edition, Vol. 23, pp. 149–51).—Ed.

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