Letter to Adolph Joffe, October 18, 1918

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Author(s) Lenin
Written 18 October 1918


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Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 155
Keywords : Adolph Joffe, Letter

First published in 1938 in Lenin Miscellany XXI. Sent to Berlin. Printed from the original.

18. X. 1918

Comrade Joffe,

Send me, please, the issue of Sozialistische Auslandspolitik which had Martov’s article on dictatorship.[1]

Such things should be sent immediately.

Ditto—newspaper cuttings (instead of the unreadable summaries)—everything relating to the split with the social-chauvinists and Kautskyites (with a translation into German from the Dutch and Scandinavian languages).

We ought to act as a bureau for ideological work of an international character, but we are doing nothing!!

A hundred times more must be published. We have the money. Engage translators. But we are doing nothing! It is scandalous....

Please send this letter also to Vorovsky, and forward the enclosure, please, to the proper quarter.[2]

Yours,

Lenin


First published in 1942 in Lenin Miscellany XXXIV. Sent to Berlin. Printed from the original.

18/X. 1918

Dear Comrade Joffe,

I received your letter of 13. X after sending off a letter to you.

I am not against continuing the “diplomatising”. But its importance has diminished. The whole point is whether the Entente manages to land in force in the Black Sea. I have long been talking to everyone everywhere about this danger, and have said it clearly in the letter to the Central Executive Committee.[3] The radical difference from II. 1918 is that at that time we had a chance to win time by giving away territory. Now there is no such chance.

Mit besten Grüssen,

Ihr Lenin


  1. Martov’s article “Marx and the Problem of Proletarian Dictatorship” was published in Nos. 29 and 30 of the journal Sozialistische Auslandspolitik for July 18 and 25, 1918.
  2. What this refers to has not been established.
  3. This refers to the “Letter to a Joint Session of the All-Russia Central Executive Committee, the Moscow Soviet and Representatives of Factory Committees and Trade Unions, October 3, 1918” (see present edition, Vol. 28, pp. 101–04). The possibility of the Entente countries extending intervention against the Soviet Republic was dealt with by Lenin in greater detail in his report at the joint session of the All-Russia Central Executive Committee, the Moscow Soviet, factory committees and trade unions on October 22,1918, and in the speech on the international situation at the Sixth Congress of Soviets on November 8, 1918 (ibid., pp. 114–27, 151–64).