Remarks on the Article “On a Provisional Revolutionary Government”

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Author(s) Lenin
Written 21 May 1905


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Written before May 21 (June 3), 1905
Published: First published in 1926 in Lenin Miscellany V. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1977, Moscow, Volume 41, page 168.1.

See present edition, Vol. 8, pp. 461–81. p. 168

1. Does it follow from Marx’s “Address” to the Communists in March 1850[1] that Marx regarded it as inconceivable for Communists to take part in a provisional revolutionary government together with the bourgeoisie in the epoch of a democratic revolution?

2. Is it true that in this “Address” Marx did not even raise the question of Social-Democratic participation in a provisional revolutionary government?

3. Is there any difference between: “regard participation as inconceivable” and “not to raise the question of participation”?

4. Is it true that in this “Address” Marx himself noted a strengthening of the petty-bourgeois democratic party and a weakening of the Communist workers’ party in the recent period?

5. ...[2]

  1. See “Address of the Central Committee to the Communist League” (Marx and Engels, Selected Works, Vol. I, Moscow, 1962, pp. 106–17). p. 168
  2. Here the MS. breaks off.—Ed.