Name The Author: "How The Capitalists Are Trying To Scare The People"

Tyler Durden's picture

Name the author:

No socialist has ever proposed that the “tens of millions”, i.e., the small and middle peasants, should be deprived of their property (“made to abdicate their property rights”). Nothing of the kind! Socialists everywhere have always denied such nonsense. Socialists are out to make only the landowners and capitalists “abdicate”. To deal a decisive blow at those who are defying the people the way the colliery owners are doing when they disrupt and ruin production, it is sufficient to make a few hundred, at the most one or two thousand, millionaires, bank and industrial and commercial bosses, “abdicate” their property rights. This would be quite enough to break the resistance of capital.

Further hint: here is the full speech:

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"How The Capitalists Are Trying To Scare The People"

In an editorial on May 17 Finansovaya Gazeta writes:

The political upheaval, which everyone looked forward to, is assuming the form of a social revolution without precedent anywhere. The ’class struggle’, which is a legitimate and natural thing in a free country, has taken on with us the character of a class war. A financial crash is imminent. An industrial crash is unavoidable.

 

“To effect a political revolution it was enough to make Nicholas II abdicate the throne and to arrest a dozen of his ministers. That was easily done in a single day. To effect a social revolution, however, tens of millions of citizens must be made to abdicate their property rights and all non-socialists must be arrested. This cannot be done in scores of years.”

That is untrue, worthy fellow-citizens. It is a glaring lie! You choose to call control over industry by the workers “social revolution”. In doing so you are committing three monstrous errors.

First, the revolution of February 27 was also a social revolution. Every political upheaval, if it is not a mere change of cliques, is a social revolution. The thing is—what class makes that social revolution. The revolution of February 27, 1917 took the power from the feudal landowners headed by Nicholas II and gave it to the bourgeoisie. It was a social revolution of the bourgeoisie.

By the use of clumsy unscientific terminology which confuses “social” with “socialist” revolution, Finansovaya Gazeta tries to conceal from the people the obvious fact that the workers and peasants cannot content themselves with seizure of power by the bourgeoisie.

By trying to ignore this clear and simple fact the capitalists are deceiving themselves and the people.

Secondly, “without precedent anywhere” is also applicable to the great imperialist war of 1914–17. Such a debacle, such bloody horrors, such a disaster, and such a break-down of our   entire civilisation are “without precedent anywhere”. It is not anybody’s impatience, not anybody’s propaganda, but objective conditions and this unprecedented break-down of civilisation that necessitate this control over production and distribution, over the banks, factories, etc.

Failing this, tens of millions of people can be said without exaggeration to face inevitable ruin and death.

In view of the freedom created by the “political upheaval” of February 27, in view of the existence of the Soviets, such control is impossible unless the workers and peasants unite, unless the minority of the population bows to the majority. Nothing can alter this, protest as you may.

Third, and most important of all—even for the purpose of a socialist revolution there is no need at all for “tens of millions of citizens to abdicate their property rights”. Not even socialism (and control over the banks and factories does not yet mean socialism) requires anything of the kind.

This is an infamous defamation on socialism. No socialist has ever proposed that the “tens of millions”, i.e., the small and middle peasants, should be deprived of their property (“made to abdicate their property rights”).

Nothing of the kind!

Socialists everywhere have always denied such nonsense.

Socialists are out to make only the landowners and capitalists “abdicate”. To deal a decisive blow at those who are defying the people the way the colliery owners are doing when they disrupt and ruin production, it is sufficient to make a few hundred, at the most one or two thousand, millionaires, bank and industrial and commercial bosses, “abdicate” their property rights.

This would be quite enough to break the resistance of capital. Even this tiny group of wealthy people need not have all their property rights taken away from them; they could be allowed to keep many possessions in the way of consumption articles and ownership of a certain modest income.

The question at issue is merely that of breaking down the resistance of a few hundred millionaires. Only in this way can disaster be averted.

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Final hint: all of the above was not said yesterday in Europe, or today somewhere in the US. It was said on May 19, 1917...

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Give up?

The author is Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov 

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aka V.I. Lenin... who just happened to be a little ahead of his time

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Neethgie's picture

I actually thought krugman for a moment...

ACP's picture

No shit.

More articles like this, please.

financial apocalyptic contagion's picture

Finansovaya Gazeta= Financial gazette just fyi

Sockeye's picture

"unless the minority of the population bows to the majority"
That's the whole problem with socialism right there.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Sockeye said:

"unless the minority of the population bows to the majority"

Mob rule, also known as democracy.

That's the whole problem with socialism right there.

I think you may have a point there.

Half_A_Billion_Hollow_Points's picture

the nerds are coming--> http://www.techmeme.com/121115/p55#a121115p55

Wordpress site #22 on Alexa and it doesn't even include subdomains.  Also, things are picking up on Berlin.

Michaelwiseguy's picture

I would prefer to put hollow point bullets in the heads of the entire Rockefeller and Rothschild family members, and just get it over with quickly.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

But is make sure really hollow, some is counterfeit with Tungsten, even reputable dealers!

ebworthen's picture

And the GOP supports bailouts and the N.D.A.A.

Nowhere to turn, electorate.  Your only vote now is with your wallet, and your life.

e-man's picture

Krugman can only wish he'd written that....

Cheyenne's picture

+1 for noting the Big Lebowski connection.

bxy's picture

shut the fuck up Donnie!

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

That comment really ties the article together.

youngman's picture

Krugman has probably copied a lot of it..plagerized it

Alhazred's picture

Yea that is what the author said Vladimir Lenin...

Oh you said krugman yea sorry I get those two confused.

Perhaps we can start by ending the fed.

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RazvanM's picture

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communist_Romania

When a group gets unlimited power to get away property from somebody, it will soon have enough power to get away property, liberty and life from anybody.

dexter_morgan's picture

Frank Marshall Davis, Jr. ???

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

You called?

Obamerica - Wage slaves supporting welfare slaves.

Bastiat's picture

Not Davis: there were no nude pics of underage girls.

NidStyles's picture

How does one determine underage? I mean 20 is under the drinking age, and 18 can't buy tobacco or firearms. 17 is legal in most states though, so how does one determine "underage"-ness?

Mike in GA's picture

Scary, isn't it?  Substitute progressives for socialists and middle class for bourgeoisie and it could be today.

vato poco's picture

Hey, if you wanna mke an omelette, you gotta break some eggs. (and tell a shitload of lies, but only till you get elected.)

surf0766's picture

Everything rising on easing hopes.  Yea.. All hail the communists !

nmewn's picture

And I say again, every pregnant socialist, gives birth to a bouncing baby communist.

bigdumbnugly's picture

eww

progressive larvae

 

A Nanny Moose's picture

We should never have banned DDT

LongSoupLine's picture

WTF!!...Pelosi's pregnant?!?!

Orly's picture

Besarionis dze Jughashvili a.k.a, Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin.

lakecity55's picture

The first clue those guys were bad is they all had "nommes du guerre" or whatever.

Like "O-Phone" has so many, and extra SSNs too.!

booboo's picture

and tomorrow most of us willingly arise to take part in the task of twisting the rope they will hang us with. Keep voting sheep.

Henry Hub's picture

 

Workers of the world unite. We have nothing to lose but our chains.

From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.

I want to be a commissar!

Offthebeach's picture

I thought it was a Boston Globe oped. Not a recent one. One written before they went full boat Shining Path on the Charles.

Henry Chinaski's picture

And after that, how many workers and peasants starved or froze to death?

Offthebeach's picture

Decadent capitalist exploiters, wringing every kopeck from the workers, is the cause of death
Coke, cigarettes, Twinkies, are the murders names. Our Comrade Hero Bloomberg tells us so! Unfortunately, some workers health is too far gone, despite the best efforts of caring comrades at the fresh air camps. Others are mentally shattered and no amount of motivational singing by the nightly campfire will revive their spirits.
Death to merchants of Transfat !

mumcard's picture

Mercifully, the cheka and the nkvd shot many of them in the back of the head so they wouldn't have to suffer.

lakecity55's picture

"Mercifully, the DHS and the FBI shot many of them in the back of the head with their .40 hollowpoints so they wouldn't have to suffer."

A Lunatic's picture

Let them eat famine.............

illyia's picture

Another false dichotomy. Either your are with us or against us. So the "Third Way" is introduced to give a false alternative. (Does that make it a "False Trifecta"?)**

What we need is transparent (lacking in corruptable dark corners) good management. Not for profit of the managerials, but for the profit of the nation (composed of citizens - Oooo that make me a socialist -)...

All this red-blue, socialist-capitalist, blather is just a method of keeping the ball in the air.

U R Da Ball...

**http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trifecta

vato poco's picture

How exactly would you describe statements that begin with, "What we need is...."? Wishful thinking? Obscuring harsh reality with a pleasant fantasy? "Keeping the ball in the air"?

What we need is for everyone to be nice, and help their neighbors, and share, and sing Kumbaya at the neighborhood potluck suppers. And ponies! Everyone needs a pony!!

illyia's picture

Okay vato abigu anon,

What we do not need is corrupt, backroom deals, hidden rewrites of bankrupcy and credit laws, trumped up wars, propaganda and bread and circus games while everything not nailed down is stolen by men and women having their manicures done (and BrazWaxes) in home-spas as I type this. If it takes a revolution, fine. If I get a pony with that revolution. Fine. Love ponies.

I am sure that Patrick Henry and Thomas Paine wished (over their potlucks) that the Monarchists would get the hell out for quite a while before they acted. Eventually, if you wish hard enough... and everyone clicks their heals...

Presto Changeo

 

knukles's picture

You didn't want that unicorn yourself.

Offthebeach's picture

Those Skittles you are eating? You didn't shit that.

Millions and millions of government unicorns shitted those Skittles so that you and your family could eat Skittles today.

America is in Skittles because of the United States Unicorns.
Thank a Unicorn.