V. I. Lenin

Plan for a Lecture “Manifesto of the Liberal Labour Party”{1}

Written: Written before November 14 (27), 1911
Published: Published in November 1911 in an announcement of the lecture put out by a Rabochaya Gazeta circle. Printed, from the text of the announcement.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 41, pages 242.2-243.1.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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1. Why does N. Rozhkov’s article in No. 9–10 of Nasha Zarya deserve such a name and the most thorough analysis? It affords an opportunity of examining the question of the two lines in the labour movement and the “two parties” outside any “conflict” material, outside any “squabble”.

2. The type of “Social-Democrat of freedom days”. Bourgeois democrats in Marxist garb. Rozhkov as a specimen; his article is a wholesale substitution of liberalism for Marxism.

3. The role of the serf-owners in modern Russia from the standpoint of the liberals (Rozhkov) and the Marxists. The “December (1908) resolutions” of the R.S.D.L.P.

4. The attitude of democrats to the (Stolypin) solution of the agrarian problem “through a compromise between various groups of the bourgeoisie”.

5. Is Russia to have a “triumph of highly moderate bourgeois progressism”?

6. A comparison of modern Russia with her Third Duma and France of the 1860s with her Legislative Corps, and Prussia of 1880s.

7. Have the “old slogans” become a “dead letter”?

8. Why is the Society for the Protection of the Interests of the Working Class, which is being set up by Rozhkov, a society for the liberal protection of working-class interests in their liberal interpretation?

9. Ratio: Y. Larin is to the labour congress as N. Rozhkov is to the legal liquidationist party.


{1} This plan was the basis of a lecture, “Manifesto of the Liberal Labour Party”, which Lenin read in Paris on November 14 (27), 1911.

A reference to an article by N. A. Rozhkov, “The Present State of Russia and the Main Task of the Labour Movement at the Present Moment”, published in the journal Nasha Zarya No. 9–10 in 1911. p. 242

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