Letter to a Correspondent of Vperyod, January 1905
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 43, pages 152b-153a.
Your article “What Are We To Do?” is not suitable for publication. You are creating a non-existent difference. We have so many serious differences that we must refrain from breeding new ones. Who has spoken, and where, specially about breaking up anything by force? Nobody, I believe. It was merely conceded as an inevitable result irrespective of our wishes. We urged people to go to the meetings even if they had to force their way in in order to propagate our slogans. I grant that the presentation of ideas was at times clumsy, but to cavil at this would be to repeat the foul methods of the new Iskra. You of course do not wish to cavil, that is unquestionable. But you do not in any way prove that there has been “tactlessness”. And to say that “all tactics should consist in tact” and the like, why, that’s altogether “off the mark”.
With comradely greetings,
- A reference to Zemstvo meetings at which the liberal opposition adopted petitions to the tsar to grant a constitution. Lenin criticised the plan for the Zemstvo campaign in his article “The Zemstvo Campaign and Iskra’s Plan” (see present edition, Vol. 7, pp. 497–518).