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V. I. Lenin

POLITICAL DISPUTES
AMONG THE LIBERALS


 

Put Pravdy No. 25,
March 1, 1914

Published according to
the text in Put Pravdy


From V. I. Lenin, Collected Works, 4th English Edition,
Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1964

Vol. 20, pp. 129-28.

Translated from the Russian
by Bernard Isaacs
and Joe Fineberg
Edited by Julius Katzer


Prepared © for the Internet by David J. Romagnolo,
djr@marx2mao.org (November 2003)




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      [82] See Note 71.

        [Note 71 --

    (page 579)

        Vekhists -- participants of the symposium Vekhi (Landmarks ) -- a collection of articles by prominent Cadet publicists representing the counter-revolutionary liberal bourgeoisie: N. A. Berdayev, S. N. Bulgakov, M. O. Herschensohn, A. S. Izgoyev, B. A. Kistyakovsky, P. B. Struve and S. L. Frank. Issued in Moscow in the spring of 1909.
        In articles on the Russian intelligentsia the Vekhists tried to malign the revolutionary-democratic traditions of the Russian nation's finest sons, among them V. G. Belinsky and N. G. Chernyshevsky. They vilified the revolutionary movement of 1905 and thanked the tsarist government for having saved the bourgeoisie from "the fury of the people" "with its bayonets and jails". The symposium called upon the intelligentsia to serve the autocracy. Lenin compared the Vekhi programme in philosophy and journalism with that of the Black-Hundred newspaper Moskovskiye Vedomosti, and called the symposium "an encyclopaedia of liberal renegacy", "nothing but a flood of reactionary mud poured on democracy". (See present edition, Vol. 16, p. 453.) [Transcriber's Note: The editor's reference here is to an endnote (Note 21) to Lenin's "The Election in St. Petersburg" where the editor of that text had presented the above characterisations before directing the reader to their origin in Lenin's "Concerning Vekhi".]]    [p. 129]