Re: Bela Kun's Pamphlet, 1920

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Written on the reverse of the last page and on the inside back cover of the pamphlet by Béla Kun (Kolozvari) entitled Von Revolution zu Revolution (From Revolution to Revolution) published in Vienna in 1920. On the cover Lenin wrote: “Lenin. See last page”, and made various remarks, markings and underlinings on pages 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 18, 19, 21–27, 29, 35, 41–43, 48–55 (Central Party Archives of the Institute of Marxism-Leninism of the CPSU Central Committee).

The good thing in the pamphlet is the author’s strength of revolutionary convictions and his unbending faith in the revolution. His remarks about the party as it should be are good. His criticism of Social-Democrats is good.

But a glaring shortcoming is the total absence of any facts. This makes the pamphlet weak. I should say that of the 55 pages 40 ought to be filled with precise facts (the history of the Social-Democratic Party and the revolution, and also of the counter-revolution in Hungary), giving a summary of the facts and leaving 15 pages for evaluation.

Unless it is rewritten in this way, the pamphlet is extremely weak and not fit for use.