If the reader remembers the speech which A.F. Kerensky gave to end the Moscow meeting and compares it with the part of the updated government’s declaration about the war question, then he will have to admit that indeed, ‘the times are changing, and we are stuck in the former.’ See more
In his second Moscow speech, A.F. Kerensky made damning fulminations against those currently speaking ill of the world. The outcome of the recent Petrograd meeting was that the revolutionary democracy seized political power. More precisely, this is the revolutionary chatting, tea-cup intelligentsia, which the most overwhelming portion of the masses follow; and the people do so to some extent thinkingly, but, for the most part, unthinkingly.
Regarding this fact, our supreme leader-in-chief saw himself compelled to remember that even he himself should not ever lose sight of the Zimmervald-Kiental dreams. Evidently, it is also essential to make an assumption about the majority of our ministers who were even part of the government at the time of the Moscow Meeting and who applauded the belligerent remarks of A.F. Kerenskii. Of course, people of a different breed would have acted differently. However, the French say that the most beautiful woman can give only that which she has.
He knows his business. Of course, his business has absolutely nothing to do with that of our era’s intelligent proletariat. His tactic is the new, hugely widespread publication of Bakunin’s “rebellious” tactics, and it bears not even a remote similarity to those revolutionary tactics which were bequeathed to us by the founders of scientific socialism. But this is a whole other question, entirely distinct from the question which now occupies us, namely: who was victorious in the Petrograd Democratic conference? We can think of only one answer to this last question: Lenin won, and you absolutely cannot call him an idiot on the basis that he has an excellent knowledge of his own shady business.
Kerensky is revealing himself more and more as a Bonapartist. He was considered a Socialist-Revolutionary. Now we know that he is not merely a "March" Socialist-Revolutionary who ran over to them from the Trudoviks "for advertising purposes". See more
He is an adherent of Breshko-Breshkovskaya, the Socialist-Revolutionary Mrs. Plekhanov, or Mrs. Potresov in their Dyen. The so-called Right wing of the so-called socialist parties, the Plekhanovs, Breshkovskayas, Potresovs, is where Kerensky belongs ; this wing, however, does not differ substantially from the Cadets in anything.
The world proletarian revolution is clearly maturing. The question of its relation to the state is acquiring practical importance. The elements of opportunism that accumulated over the decades of comparatively peaceful development have given rise to the trend of social-chauvinism which dominated the official socialist parties throughout the world. See more
This trend - socialism in words and chauvinism in deeds (Plekhanov, Potresov, Breshkovskaya, Rubanovich, and, in a slightly veiled form, Tsereteli, Chernov and Co. in Russia; Scheidemann. Legien, David and others in Germany; Renaudel, Guesde and Vandervelde in France and Belgium; Hyndman and the Fabians in England, etc., etc.) - is conspicuous for the base, servile adaptation of the "leaders of socialism" to the interests not only of "their" national bourgeoisie, but of "their" state, for the majority of the so-called Great Powers have long been exploiting and enslaving a whole number of small and weak nations. And the imperialist war is a war for the division and redivision of this kind of booty.
You see, to this day I have always thought that most of Russia was populated by Russians – Slavs. I had thought that the dominant type here was Slavic, the “Novgorod” type, roughly speaking. That is to say – tall, mainly long-headed, (dolichocephalic), with fair hair. But what do I see when I look at all the workers, peasants and soldiers’ deputies in all the Russian, Petersburg and other Soviets? See more
A great many people with black hair, mainly short-headed, (brachycephalic) who speak with an accent and aspirate when they speak. Could it be, I think, that in all the years I have spent away from Russia, the anthropology of the population has changed so much? Since I have come here I think I have seen only two genuine representatives of the Novgorod type: Avksentiev and Steklov, but when I checked it turned out that Comrade Steklov is not a Novgorodian.
Joking aside, I must say that I was not only struck, but shocked, even, to see among the Russians such an excessive number of representatives of other peoples that have settled in Russia, however estimable they may be. It shows the immaturity of the Russian people.
I’m not a fan of Plekhanov, and his ideas are alien to me. But now I feel a great deal of respect for him and he touches me. He could be the most popular and glorified man in Russia, he is the long-time leader of Russian Social Democracy. To achieve this he would have had to become just a bit of a demagogue, to embark on the path of flattery and indulgence to mass instincts.
The Ukrainian movement is becoming something that promises great tribulations to the Russian state. Needless to say, it is deeply tragic. Every print outlet in our country is blunt about it, regardless of its affiliation. But one needs to be fair. Not only the Central Rada is responsible for what is happening right now in Little Russia. See more
This responsibility needs to be shared by our Provisional Government as well. It neglected the demands of Ukrainians, which caused a very dangerous disturbance among them.
Unfortunately, far from all of the speeches currently being made at the All-Russia Conference of Soviets of Workers’ and Soldiers’ Deputies can be called intelligent. Lenin and his associates seem to have lost all their capacity for reason. Our well-known founder of a new religion, Father Anatoly Lunacharsky, has suffered the same loss. See more
Truth to tell, however, one ought to have long since given up on all these people. A dry well pumps no water, as the proverb goes. The attacks on the Provisional Government by our so-called extreme leftists serve as ample demonstration that this proverb contains a completely undeniable truth.
The first All-Russian Conference of Soviets in the Cadet School of the Vasilyevsky District. We, the Bolshevik-Internationalists, made our presence known with a firm line of speeches… In the first rows of the auditorium I noticed Plekhanov. His hair has turned grey. He is not with us, he is an Oboronets. See more
He looked at me with his quick, intelligent eyes, and I saw their obvious disapproval. It is a great sorrow for me that Plekhanov is not with us… I am nervous; quick to anger I throw unnecessary insults at our opponents.
This is always bad - a sign of weakness. When I make a speech in full control of my emotions, I make my case well without sharp words. In the corridor I come face to face with Plekhanov. He pretended not to know me. We passed each other without bowing. I recalled Geneva, my first meeting with Plekhanov, my student years in Zurich, our journal Dawn. And now I feel terrible: why did not I make the effort to approach him.
And still, the thought of taking away estates without compensation is quite objectionable. Imagine a large-scale landowner. As the owner of such a large quantity of land, he is a rich man. But he is rich only so long as no one takes away that land. As soon as the land is seized without compensation, he will become destitute. See more
True, he may have money in the bank. Then he won’t lose everything… as long as there’s a good deal of that money. And if there is no money, he will inevitably fall into poverty. And so it will be with the vast majority of other private landowners. And now tell me: is it in your interest to breed destitution in Rus’? I don’t think so.
On the third day of a dispute at the pipe factory, Pravda supporters grew so embittered with their opponents that they were about to throw the Socialist Revolutionary Kapanitsky into a furnace. Then, they abandoned this humane plan for another – they decided to take Kapanitsky off in a cart and drown him in the river. Luckily, he was freed by other workers. The clash resulted in some casualties.
What is fraternization like on the front? A German pike swims up to a Russian carp, and under the guise of fraternization, it wheedles out our military secrets and takes a peek at our positions to make them easier to seize later on.
It wasn’t long ago that we considered ourselves to be the faithful servants of the Russian Tsar. Now that there is no Tsar, we are not servants - we are free citizens. The title of “citizen”, which we have earned as a result of a long and bitter fight at the cost of countless casualties, has given us immense rights, but it has also bestowed upon us more responsibilities. See more
The first of these responsibilities is to protect our freedom and to protect the revolution. The second responsibility is to our allies.