In these Lenin called for Soviet control of the state. I could not, because of the lack of time, present a thorough, systematic report.
The Tasks of the Proletariat in the Present Revolution [a. The April Theses] Published: April 7, in Pravda No.
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The only thing I could do to make things easier for myself—and for honest opponents—was to prepare the theses in writing. I read them out, and gave the text to Comrade Tsereteli. I read them twice very slowly: I publish these personal theses of mine with only the briefest explanatory notes, which were developed in far greater detail in the report.
The class-conscious proletariat can give its consent to a revolutionary war, which would really justify revolutionary defencism, only on condition: In view of the undoubted honesty of those broad sections of the mass believers in revolutionary defencism who accept the war only as a necessity, and not as a means of conquest, in view of the fact that they are being deceived by the bourgeoisie, it is necessary with particular thoroughness, persistence and patience to explain their error to them, to explain the inseparable connection existing between capital and the imperialist war, and to prove that without overthrowing capital it is impossible to end the war by a truly democratic peace, a peace not imposed by violence.
The most widespread campaign for this view must be organised in the army at the front. This transition is characterised, on the one hand, by a maximum of legally recognised rights Russia is now the freest of all the belligerent countries in the world ; on the other, by the absence of violence towards the masses, and, finally, by their unreasoning trust in the government of capitalists, those worst enemies of peace and socialism.
This peculiar situation demands of us an ability to adapt ourselves to the special conditions of Party work among unprecedentedly large masses of proletarians who have just awakened to political life. Abolition of the police, the army and the bureaucracy.
Confiscation of all landed estates. The organisation of separate Soviets of Deputies of Poor Peasants. I write, announce and elaborately explain: What does this mean? In what way does this differ from riot-inciting agitation, from Russkaya Volya?
I attacked the Provisional Government for not having appointed an early date or any date at all, for the convocation of the Constituent Assemblyand for confining itself to promises.
And the view is attributed to me that I am opposed to the speedy convocation of the Constituent Assembly! But look how awkward, uncouth and slow-witted you are in your polemics. It is, of course, much easier to shout, abuse, and howl than to attempt to relate, to explain, to recall what Marx and Engels said inand about the experience of the Paris Commune and about the kind of state the proletariat needs.
Plekhanov evidently does not care to recall Marxism. And the Plekhanovs, Goldenbergs and Co. On behalf of the German chauvinists, because they were called chauvinists!Lenin's April Theses April Lenin’s famous April Theses called for Soviet control of the state and were a precursor to the Russian Revolution and the Bolshevik coup d’état.
The April Theses In the days following his arrival, Lenin gave several speeches calling for the overthrow of the provisional government. On April 7, the Bolshevik newspaper Pravda published the ideas contained in Lenin’s speeches, which collectively came to be known as the April Theses.
This article contains Lenin’s famous April Theses read by him at two meetings of the All-Russia Conference of Soviets of Workers’ and Soldiers’ Deputies, on April 4, The April Theses was a document of ten points presented to the April Conference of Bolsheviks by Vladimir Lenin in The main points of the April Theses were to focus Bolshevik efforts on.
the russian edition was printed in accordance with a decision of the ninth congress of the r.c.p.(b.) and the second congress of soviets. Vladimir Lenin, The Tasks of the Proletariat in the Present Revolution.
April 17, Original Source: Pravda, 20 April I arrived in Petrograd only on the night of April 16, and could therefore, of course, deliver a report at the meeting on April 17, on the tasks of the revolutionary proletariat only upon my own responsibility, and with the reservations .