V. I.   Lenin

Speech at the Stone-Laying Ceremony for a Monument to Karl Marx. May 1, 1920

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Delivered: May 1, 1920
Published: Izvestia No. 94 May 4, 1920. Printed from the newspaper text.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, 2nd English Printing, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 42, page 189b.
Translated: Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: D. Walters
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V. I. Lenin delivered a short but impressive speech on the significance of Karl Marx as a socialist leader.

The working people were enslaved, despite political liberties. Now they are moving towards the workers’ revolution, which will create a socialist society without landowners and capitalists. To Russia has fallen the great honour and joy of helping to establish this socialist society and a world Soviet Republic. Today, on this international festival of labour, when we wish to prove to everybody that we shall succeed in coping with the task of organising a socialist society of the working people, we honour the memory of Karl Marx. And I am confident that the laying of this monument to our great teacher will serve as a call impelling us to give all our attention to the need for working hard and long to create a society in which there will be no room for exploitation.”


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