Lenin’s Electoral Strategy from 1907 to the October by August H. Nimtz

By August H. Nimtz

This booklet is the 1st full-length examine of Lenin's occasion development venture and writings on elections, taking a look intimately at his management of the Bolshevik wing of the Russian Social Democratic exertions celebration within the 4 nation Dumas from 1906 to the start of the 1st global conflict.

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Very valuable material for the awakening of those sections of the people who are politically unconscious or indifferent . . ” Despite the attempt of the Cadet speakers to “reconcile the irreconcilable, to straddle two stools,” Lenin distilled for his Proletary readers the fundamentally prolandlord antidemocratic feature of their proposal presented by a “Mr. ” The speeches of the peasant deputies, on the other hand, were starkly different: Take a typical Right-wing peasant, Storchak. He begins his speech by repeating in full the words of Nicholas II about “the sacred rights of property,” the impermissibility of their “infringement,” etc.

Yet we are being asked to give it all up, to declare the struggle hopeless, to renounce use of the Duma rostrum at times like the present of 1908. ” A similar problem arose with the Second Duma, but with the Bolshevik leadership far from the scene this time, intellectuals like S. N. Prokopovich had better access to the deputies. But as Lenin pointed out, even that problem was now being confronted. Lenin was especially vigilant about liberal intellectuals vis-à-vis the working class, and nothing he wrote is as insightful as what he said about one of them: 28 Lenin’s Electoral Strategy from 1907 to 1917 There is no need to fear the landlords’ influence on the people.

Lenin quoted other peasant deputies who made clear that they and “Legal and Illegal Work” 23 their constituents were prepared to defend with force their interests— more evidence for his “democratic dictatorship” formula. An important measure of the road the peasant deputies had traveled politically is that “all politically conscious peasants [‘Trudoviks’] supported nationalization” of the land. One of the two social democrats who spoke, Belousov, provided data, in a speech drafted by Lenin— and based on a soon to be published book—in support of nationalization.

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