A raging snowstorm is pounding at the windows. After yesterday’s somewhat hysterical tone in the news, today’s seems calmer. And it’s about time! Perhaps the last of our common sense has not yet died out, and before people push each other into the abyss, they’ll come back to their right minds and decide to grapple with the conditions of reality. See more
Judging by the newspapers, the hub of the “counterrevolution” is now in Novocherkassk. Savinkov is there, and Alekseev, and Commander Kornilov. I doubt that they have a chance at success even if the rumors are true about a “white” conspiracy in Petersburg and Moscow involving both the formal monarchists and the moderate socialists. In the evening, a rumor spread that the Sovereign and his family had successfully arrived in Nagasaki.
My wife and I recall with great pleasure the time we met you in Paris, rue Bonier. We are very grateful to you for the exchange of ideas and for the very accurate information on the socialist movement in France. See more
I very much regret that personal relations between us became impossible after such profound political differences divided us. Throughout the war I fought against the “national defence” trend, I always stood for a split, being convinced that that tendency was ruining socialism completely.
It goes without saying that I am writing this letter not as a member of the government but as a private individual.
Please accept our greetings, dear citizen, and best wishes from my wife and myself.
Some people are selling themselves for money, I’m selling myself for poetry (soul).
Yesterday they stopped selling passenger tickets to Kiev.
From the 29th to the morning of the 3rd I was in Vienna. Two long audiences with the Emperor gave me the opportunity of telling him what had passed at Brest. He fully approves, of course, the point of view that peace must be made, if at all possible. See more
I have dispatched a trustworthy agent to the outer provinces in order to ascertain the exact state of feeling there. He reports that all are against the Bolsheviks except the Bolsheviks themselves. Th entire body of citizens, peasants—in a word, everyone with any possessions at all—trembles at the thought of these red robbers, and wishes to go over to Germany. The terrorism of Lenin is said to be indescribable, and in Petersburg all are absolutely longing for the entry of the German troops to deliver them.
There has been a hitch in the peace negotiations. The Pravda (“Truth’’) publishes articles such as “ The Mask Torn Off,” and as the Novaya Jizn ("The New Life”) says, makes big eyes ofinnocence!! The hitch has come over the interpretation of the principle, “No annexations”. See more
The Germans refuse to withdraw their troops from Poland and Kurland and from parts of Latvia and Esthonia on the ground that these provinces have declared that they are in favour of absolute separation from Russia and of independence within the German sphere of influence.
Trotsky is now making warlike speeches and talking of a volunteer army !
The question is, how can an able man like Trotsky have expected anything else, and, if lie expected this, why did he allow the Russian army to be destroyed?