V. I. Lenin


Iskra, No. 23, August 1,
and No. 24, September 1, 1902

Published according  
to the Iskra text  

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

Second Impression 1964

Vol. 6, pp. 186-207.

Translated from the Russian
Edited by Clemens Dutt and Julius Katzer

Prepared © for the Internet by David J. Romagnolo, (November 2001)

REVOLUTIONARY ADVENTURISM .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .


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  [71] "At least we make an infernal noise." Words spoken by Repetilov, a character in Griboyedov's well-known comedy, Wit Works Woe, Act IV, Scene 4.    [p. 186]

  [72] V. I. Lenin's intention "to return in a magazine article, or in a pamphlet" to a more detailed exposition of the arguments against the programmatic views and tactics of the Socialist-Revolutionaries remained unfulfilled. The following is the preliminary materia for the intended pamphlet: "Extract from an Article Against the Socialist-Revolutionaries -- (December 1902) (see pp. 287-88 of this volume), "Outline of a Pamphlet Against the Socialist-Revolutionaries" -- (spring 1903) (see Proletarskaya Revolutsia, 1939, No. 1, pp. 22-28), and "Outline of an Article Against the Socialist-Revolutionaries" -- (first half of July 1903) (see pp. 464-65 of this volume).    [p. 187]

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  [73] "Let the writers do the writing and the reader do the reading " -- a sentence from M. Y. Saltykov-Shchedrin's Miscellaneous Letters, Letter One.    [p. 188]

  [74] The reference is to one of Turgenev's Poems in Prose --"A Rule of Life" (see I. S. Turgenev, Collected Works, Russ. ed., Vol. 8, 1956, p. 464).    [p. 199]

  [75] Katheder-reformers, Katheder-Socialists -- representatives of a trend in bourgeois political economy, which arose in Germany in the seventies and eighties of the nineteenth century. Under the guise of socialism the Katheder-Socialists advocated from the university chairs (Katheder in German) bourgeois-liberal reformism. Katheder-Socialism was motivated by the exploiting classes' fear of the spread of Marxism and the growth of the working-class movement, and also by the efforts of bourgeois ideologists to find fresh means of keeping the working people in subjugation.

    Representatives of Katheder-Socialism (Adolf Wagner, Gustav Schmoller, Lorenz Brentano, Werner Sombart, and others, asserted that the bourgeois state stands above classes and is capable of reconciling the hostile classes and of gradually introducing socialism, without affecting the interests of the capitalists and, as far as possible, with due account of the working people's demands. They proposed giving police regulation of wage-labour the force of law and reviving the medieval guilds. Marx, Engels and Lenin exposed the reactionary nature of Katheder-Socialism, which in Russia was spread by the "legal Marxists."    [p. 202]

  [76] V. V. (pseudonym of V. P. Vorontsov) -- one of the ideologists of liberal Narodism in the eighties and nineties of the nineteenth century.    [p. 203]

  [77] N.-on or Nikolai-on (pseudonym of N. F. Danielson) -- one of the ideologists of liberal Narodism in the eighties and nineties of the nineteenth century.    [p. 203]

  [78] Babeuf (1760-1797) -- revolutionary Communist and leader of the French bourgeois revolution at the end of the eighteenth century. He organised a secret society, which in 1796 tried to overthrow the power of the exploiting classes.
    Levitsky -- liberal Narodnik, founder of agricultural artels in Kherson Gubernia in the nineties of the nineteenth century.    [p. 205]

  [79] Pobedonostsev -- reactionary tsarist statesman, Procurator-General of the Synod, actually head of the government and chief inspirer of the savage feudal reaction under Alexander III. He continued to play a prominent part under Nicholas II.    [p. 206]