A new wave of slander has arisen against Lenin, and this time it is unimaginably dirty. Comrade Lenin is known to all revolutionaries of all shades, and has been already for several years. No one has ever dared to speak about the political dishonesty of comrade Lenin. It is not easy. It is painful. Only the man who is ready to sacrifice everything for a just cause can walk his own path through the system of bribes, slander, all the baseness of which the bourgeoisie is capable. Lenin is such a man.
“Tell me how you feel about the war, and I will tell you what kind of person you are” is an axiom which can be applied to all who call themselves socialists, and not only to individuals, but even to whole parties. See more
Now, after a long period of calm, the Russian offensive has begun. A considerable number (10,000) of prisoners have been taken, but at the same time our losses cannot be ignored. The jubilation this has caused in the Cadet camp is understandable: the more blood is spilt, on either side of the border, the greater chance the bourgeoisie has to find its feet again; they must drag the country into utter exhaustion, they must bleed Russia and cloud the people’s minds with the fog of militarism and patriotism, and then the cause of the bourgeoisie is won. But what do the Mensheviks and SRs have to be so pleased about?
The bourgeoisie is now striving to smother the revolution. The proletariat must continue it. The bourgeoisie is now striving to introduce anarchic disorganization and destruction into the administration of this country. The working class must organize it. The bourgeoisie wants to turn several more million living, thriving human beings into mountains of rotting flesh. See more
The proletariat wants to stop that massacre. The bourgeoisie presents itself as a bringer of death and decay. The proletariat, as a bringer of living, creative energy, marches onward.
How can we find a way out of the current situation? In the first place, we must put an end to the slaughter, and return the factory benches and fields to those who toil in the cities and the countryside. Then we must rebuild Russia’s finances and treasury. And this can only be done by refusing to pay the loans incurred by the old government. This will anger the bankers of the Allied Nations deeply, but the Russian people is not obliged to render service to bankers - either Russian or foreign. See more
Finally, we must get rid of our high-handed capitalists, by placing industry under the control of the agencies of revolutionary democracy. All these measures, which must be taken to save the country from a genuine famine, can only be achieved through the revolutionary authority of the proletariat and the peasantry. This alone can save our country from imminent disaster.