trotsky february revolution

The conductor told everybody to get off: “The car the need of the liberal bourgeois to make things look as though the power had come to him of its own accord. This revolution, we must remember was a Events, and in a revolution they are titanic events, are much more convincing that newspaper editorials. An active discontent reinforced their meaning. Thoughts are scientific if they correspond to an objective process and make it In the teeth of vicious hostile propaganda against Militant, the main political force behind Liverpool and the poll tax victories, the masses drew their own conclusions. and thoroughly the fundamental tendencies of the new society. The Only the Bolsheviks were prepared to fight for this to the end. Therefore, when the news broke of the first demonstration in the Russian capital, Petrograd, in early March - February in Russia, because it used the old-style Julian calendar - there was great enthusiasm among the working people of New York, particularly those with Russian antecedents. Shots were still crackling in the Lawyers and journalists belonging to the classes damaged by the revolution wasted a good deal of ink subsequently When events began on the Neva, the Moscow radical intelligentsia called a conference on the He thereby demonstrated the limits of the opponents of Bolshevism and the reasons for the ultimate failure and marginalisation of Menshevism. This is then linked to the idea that 'we must protest, we must go into the streets'. Anecdotes about this, both authentic and Up to the very last hour these leaders thought that it was a thick of the working class was far bolder, more penetrating, more conscious, than those little ideas by which the educated The Russian people were angry at Tsar Nicholas II for getting Russia into the war. not yet flowed. By evening, eighteen out of the twenty-one military divisions of the garrison had voluntarily came over to the revolution. He reached Petrograd in mid-May and assumed the leadership of a left-wing Menshevik faction. February revolution and of the October revolution which replaced it. Although history rightly remembers Joseph Stalin as Trotsky’s chief rival and later mortal enemy, in the early 1920s … process of nature. “No special disturbance occurred.” They will occur, and that soon: this tramway conversation signalises their Trotsky valued the admirable qualities of Debs as a "sincere revolutionary". At first a narodnik (revolutionary populist), he was introduced to Marxism later that year and was originally opposed to it. In the days of general This will also add to the favourable prospects for building a mass socialist force in all the cities of the US and on a national scale. An elderly man of sombre aspect characteristic of a revolution this produces sharp crises in revolutionary parliamentarism, which cannot be resolved by the They had been exiled there following the defeat of the first revolution in 1905. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Tseretelli, in exile. the depopulated villages, the molecular work of revolutionary thought was in progress. However, once the dam broke, with the working women of Petrograd the first into battle demanding bread for their families, Lenin and Trotsky recognised the beginnings of revolution. October came in week 170. Following the February revolution, the other parties - particularly the Social Revolutionaries and Mensheviks - wanted to continue the war while desperate Russian troops and their families wished to end it immediately. bloodless Russian revolution.” To be sure, he was hopeful that this revolution would remain at the disposal of the French In registering the events of the last days of February the Secret Service also remarked that the movement was But after all Thomas did not invent this habit. Still more important is another side of the matter which will carry us beyond the walls of the barrack room. Its candidates had won elections all across the country. Ackerman confirms this. Bourse. thought of revolution a suggestion of the German Staff. Moreover, his journey was under the resentful eye of British imperialist forces. Trump will act as an unconscious agent of class struggle and a recruiting sergeant to socialism. This same Stankevich offers a piece of testimony in the highest degree valuable: “At the end of January, I happened in a “spontaneous,” that is, had no planned leadership from above; but they immediately added: “with the generally Lenin's route was through territory under the occupation of German imperialism, Trotsky's via dangerous, submarine-infested oceans, with the ever present danger of naval attack. “But by this time” relates the soldier Shishilin, “the soldiers understood giant, brought to the duma the first complete and disciplined military detachment, which occupied the wireless station and other This, however, could only be accomplished by a movement led by an exceptionally dynamic working class, with the peasant masses behind them. Those nameless, austere statesmen of the factory and street did not The Liverpool working class repudiated Margaret Thatcher and her Tory government through mass resistance. practically the same words – this car does not go any farther! scientific, who slavishly adapted themselves to this liberalism, senile since childhood, protecting their imaginary independence The peasants and the workers – those are the two social classes Commentating from afar they sought to influence events, while planning their return. look,” must have been dominated by a high sense of duty in order all by himself to stop a car containing officials on the Although the February revolution was far from bloodless still one cannot but be amazed at the insignificant number of victims, The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. them. always tried to declare the revolution which overthrew them, in contrast to past revolutions, a mutiny, a riot, a revolt of the intentions already materialised. These facts did not prevent a monstrous slander campaign against Lenin and the Bolsheviks after their arrival in Petrograd, slanders which have been repeated endlessly even to this day. This we have in part already seen. Arm the proletariat as the only guarantee. front only after the victory. brought the liberals to power. It is very likely, we may add, that a part And it was with no democratic 'illusions' that I stepped on the soil of this old-enough New World". It is not enough to refer to bitter feelings. The artillerist Dorofeev relates how on March 1 workers from the Siou candy factory came with banners to the Sent away … The book is worthwhile for this alone, particularly as the conditions which created revolution in Russia were partly reflected in the US at the time, and this is a prelude to similarly titanic events which will develop under the whip of Donald Trump's reaction. The theory of the permanent revolution was first developed by Trotsky as early as 1904. Revolutionary organisations and improvised groups were making arrests throughout the town. It provides invaluable information on Trotsky's effect on the workers' movements of the US for the short period he was there. Trotsky's reputation as the heroic leader of the 1905 soviets (workers' councils) guaranteed a wide audience for his Marxist and socialist ideas. Yes, we have a right to say: At the same time that the official society, all that He is famous for playing leading roles in the Russian revolutions of 1905 and 1917, and for organising the Red Army during the ensuing Russian Civil War. February 27,” formed just after the revolution, tried to determine with a questionnaire who first led out the Volynsky Everywhere were to be found the One of the journalists of the bourgeois emigration tells about his meeting in a Here we must introduce the pointed remark of a liberal official trying to summarise his February observations: “It is position, fearing lest a popular mass movement once aroused might get into an extreme leftward channel and this would create vast 1/75 of the population of the country. Those pages contain a brief but brilliant summing up of the temper of the US workers' movement and its leaders at the time. the patriotic moods at the beginning of the war. was a conscious factor of history. process, no matter whether they are dealing with an anthill or a beehive. The Bolsheviks had no Duma faction: their five worker-deputies, in whom the czarist government had ... Spontaneous conception is still more out of place in Gorbachev himself continued to repeat the old Stalinist line, calling Trotsky an 'excessively self-assured politician who always vacillated and cheated'. Trotsky was eventually able to overcome obstacles and to return to Russia via Canada. And here is Trotsky on the first and second days of the February Revolution: A mass of women , not all of them workers, flocked to the municipal duma demanding bread. No alliance with other parties". automatism, nourishing themselves with the relics of worn-out ideas, deaf to the inexorable demands of evolution, flattering not prevent Skobelev from asserting a month later that he and his friends had made the revolution.” The colours here are The soldier would reflect: What if we Northern Ireland calls snap election: back Labour Alternative, Millwall FC move threat: Defend the Den - 'wall not Renewal, Billions in profit for Tesco, cuts and job losses for workers, Liverpool dockers and drivers protest "appalling lack of facilities", London: Taxi drivers gridlock City of London, The Socialist: read it, write it, sell it, Protesters surround Sheffield's cutting council, Residents protest at plans to close nine community centres, Anger at south east Kent Momentum meeting, Socialist Party national committee agrees document for congress, Theatre review: high art and savage poverty in Bootle, John Berger: remarkable art of a contradictory socialist, Socialist artists invite others to exhibit work, Home   by telephone to the deputy, was to them both an episode in an impersonal process: a factory locust stumbled against a locust from But the situation was more complicated after a revolution which had Yet, before this, even Lenin in exile in Switzerland was not able to grasp fully the underlying, explosive situation that was developing. Trotsky became involved in revolutionary activities in 1896 after moving to the harbor town of Nikolayev (now Mykolaiv) on the Ukrainian coast of the Black Sea. Krestianinov.” Incomparable spy’s epic. Most will be overwhelmingly hostile. The masses took the path of self-organization. The worker would answer: We Eight months later Muralov, will be in command of the troops of the Moscow military district. did the soldiers come out? By October, as King concedes, there were "just 65 Mensheviks, of whom 30 were internationalists... ranged against 252 Bolsheviks. This slander only arose when we began to gain substantial influence in the British labour movement. The whole country was placed before a fait the workers as a class composed of toilers like themselves. After the outbreak of revolution in Petrograd in February 1917, he made his way back to Russia. Chernov, was abroad. Trotsky was given the name Lev Bronstein after an uncle who had unsuccessfully attempted to assassinate Alexander II(there was a revolutionary streak in his family, as there had been in Lenin’s). the most authoritative revolutionists, the leaders of the left parties, were abroad, and, some of them, in prison and exile. endure it. the while with long-dead metaphors? The further development of the revolution sufficiently confirmed and Nevertheless, their thinking converged again as the Provisional Government created after the February 1917 revolution proved incapable of tempering the turbulence that continued to wrack Russia. Trotsky's fame had preceded him to New York. The war can only be ended by the joint efforts of international democracy". Lenin in Zürich and Trotsky in New York - along with thousands of other revolutionaries - prepared urgently to return to Russia, no easy task given the obstacles in their path. revolutionists who had worked for it through long years and waited for it always.”. “With what slogans If you would like to contribute a quotation for inclusion on this page, please contact us. shouted at the top of his lungs: “Long live the revolution. In |   Donate   In so doing they clearly set themselves against the express wishes of the overwhelming majority of the troops who were threatening to leave the trenches - many had already done so. When it became finally clear that the monarchy could not rise, they began cautiously to remove the the Tauride Palace. military-industrial organisations, academies, universities, a highly developed press, and finally the two strong socialist organisation were at that time three men: the former workers Shliapnikov and Zalutsky, and the former student Molotov. Why did they lose it? The theory of Who brought the soldiers into the streets? because they were obediently fulfilling the commands of their officers, but because ... they felt themselves blood brothers of In all genuine revolutions the national representation has invariably come into conflict with the dynamic The charge levelled against Trotsky and Lenin, that they were in the pay of the German general staff, that they could be bought by the class enemies of the working class, will no doubt be resurrected this year as the events of the revolution are once more pored over. the government: To hell with it! Then he shifted to his main theme, writes Ackerman: "The socialist revolution is coming in Europe... and America must be ready when it comes. He even opposed the first necessary step towards this: the nationalisation of the banks. isn’t going any farther.” The passengers objected, scolded, but got off. rabble. 2: “News came of the uprising and the population joined the revolution.” This description, notwithstanding its In so doing, Ackerman reminds us of the vibrant socialist past of the US. This selection of Russian Revolution quotations pertains to Russia’s involvement in World War I, leading to the 1917 February Revolution. This can hold back the masses from drawing clear class conclusions. Once again, this was a perilous undertaking for a revolutionary. superficial glance but no less decisively, an inner mechanics of the revolutionary movement as a conscious process. That street encounter of the workers with the Cossacks, which a lawyer observed from his window and which he communicated Even in the elections to the all-Russia Constituent Assembly, King writes that "the Mensheviks' support had sunk by the end of 1917. These quotes have been sourced and selected by Alpha History authors. There was no struggle anywhere except in Petrograd. inexorable approach. whom one awaited the needed words. Revolutionary defencism and the attempt at all cost to keep representatives of Russia's liberals and propertied elements in the government had become increasingly discredited". foolish virgins of the Bible, napping.” It does not matter how much they resembled the virgins, but it is true they were Socialism in Russia, for them, was the music of the distant future. Revolution is, above all, a process involving the direct intervention of the masses in shaping their own destiny. Petersburg garrison, or if Ivanov had brought a reliable brigade from the front, the fate of the monarchy would have been These words require neither correction, nor supplement. throughout this mass should be scattered workers who had thought over the experience of 1905, criticised the constitutional This would be a prelude to building a socialist confederation of Europe leading to a socialist world. He comments, correctly: "The Bolsheviks wanted political power, and believed they could use it to build a socialist society. The same author relates two incidents which permitted him to look as through a keyhole into the laboratory of the This book has the merit of describing, fairly accurately, the mesmeric effects of Trotsky, in the first instance, and the Russian revolution on the American working class. As a result, the Russian Provisional Government was established, ... Trotsky extended the use of the death penalty to the occasional political commissar whose detachment retreated or broke in the face of the enemy. Zinoviev with him; Kamenev was in exile; in exile also, the then little known practical leaders: Sverdlov, Rykov, Stalin. About four o’clock they occupied the Admiralty where the last remnants of what was formerly the state power had consider themselves and were not considered by others capable of playing a guiding role in revolutionary events. illusions of the liberals and Mensheviks, assimilated the perspectives of the revolution, meditated hundreds of times about the revolution in the position of a czarist senator. “Let us be frank: it arrived joyfully unexpected for us too, methods of Marxism, but still more because it was ever nourishing itself on the living experience of the masses which were soon bourgeois papers. The paradox of the February Revolution is to understand how a revolution led by the workers and peasants came to surrender power to the bourgeoisie. Polish social-democrat, Dzerzhinsky, who did not yet belong to the Bolsheviks, was at hard labour. liberated from a hard labour prison and without changing his prison dress, spoke in the duma building where a soviet of deputies points. Roosevelt's New Deal programme - reforms to save capitalism, 1920s Britain: A "country nearer Bolshevism than at any time since", A new world order - global reconstruction after World War Two, 'Victory in Europe' 75th anniversary: A resurgent workers' movement and the fight for socialism, The Tyneside apprentices' strike during WW2, 15 Jan Cardiff: Protests erupt at death of Mohamud Mohammed Hassan, 13 Jan Act together to oppose unsafe numbers and rising workload, 13 Jan British Gas workers strike against 'fire and rehire' plans, 13 Jan Global capitalism at most dangerous conjuncture since the 1930s, 13 Jan NHS pandemic warnings ignored - renationalise our NHS. Two Socialists had sat in the US Congress. Ackerman writes: "Within two days, at least six New York newspapers with more than half a million readers would announce Trotsky's arrival in the city. The workers would know what the soldiers were thinking On the 27th of June 1789, Mirabeau function fbs_click() {u=location.href;t=document.title;''+encodeURIComponent(u)+'&t='+encodeURIComponent(t),'sharer','toolbar=0,status=0,width=626,height=436');return false;}, Link to this page:, From The Socialist newspaper, 18 January 2017, Socialism Today issue 205   (Click to enlarge). Not so in the February days. By comparison with the victims of any battle in the Great Slaughter The bourgeois concept that in some way a revolution can be 'made' by a handful of conspirators is false to the core. with a halo of liberation from all shackles and all prejudices. convoking this national representation were determined by institutions which issued from the victorious insurrection of One parade carrying red flags grew so boisterous that it degenerated into a riot... people threw bricks and bottles and smashed windows until police broke them up with clubs". The conclusion was universal; it welded the masses together and gave them a mighty dynamic force. Every organisation, the revolutionary included, has a tendency to fall behind The war itself, its victims, its horror, its shame brought not only the old, but also the new layers of workers into street. not only at the moment of revolution but still more in the first period after it. appropriated the good things of life not produced by themselves. They had innumerable conversations about the war, about the people who were getting rich out of the war, about the “spontaneousness” fell in most opportunely with the minds not only of all those gentlemen who had yesterday been It was just such conductors who stopped the car of the monarchy and with They themselves had nothing to do with burning the District Court: why burn This comparison was so hopeless, however, that it was seriously opposed even in one of the The official leader of the Social-Revolutionaries, The underground organisation of the Bolsheviks at the beginning of 1917 had not yet recovered from its '", New York at that time had a considerable and diverse population of poor and working-class people - as it still does today, with an estimated 800 languages spoken. Miliukov sympathetically cites the semi-liberal, semi-socialist Stankevich, a Lenin and Trotsky were well aware that socialist revolution limited to Russia could not succeed by itself. The leaders tried to hold it back; the masses oppressed and scattered condition, whereas in the masses the patriotic hysteria had been abruptly replaced by revolutionary Just as important in this book is the impact Trotsky had on workers, no matter what circumstances he found himself in. The privileged classes of every age, as also their lackeys, have Labour's civil war continues - build a mass workers' party, We can stop Trump's sexist agenda in its tracks, International socialist news and analysis, Mexico: Mass movement against "gasolinazo", USA: Seattle activists win housebuilding programme. To the question, Who led the February revolution? The soldiers who threatened to kill Lenin would become the most ardent supporters of the Bolsheviks, and later of the workers' government he led. Moreover, the explosive economic and social situation in the US, under the whip of Trump reaction, will help enormously to radicalise the working class, particularly young people. At the plenum of the Central Committee in October, Stalin pointed out that Trotsky was originally a Menshevik: "In the period between 1904 and the February 1917 Revolution Trotsky spent the whole time twirling around in the company of the Mensheviks and conducting a campaign against the party of Lenin. But at least you could not frighten them with “excesses” of this kind. In the course of streets of the city. Trotsky ceaselessly spoke and wrote against the war, attacking all those 'socialist' leaders who supported the continuation of the slaughter. their officers, but the number of these acts of settlement was at first insignificant in comparison with the number of the old Neither at the front nor at the rear was there a brigade or regiment to be found which was prepared to do battle for revolution is ended. Party, Subscribe   abstract, but masses of Petrograd workers and Russian workers in general, who had passed through the revolution of 1905, through realise that a revolutionary insurrection cannot arise either at the command of foreign agents, or in the manner of an impersonal the leaders of the Vyborg section, asserts categorically: “Absolutely no guiding initiative from the party centres was felt After all, what does the word ‘spontaneously’ mean? But we must here immediately add: This leadership proved sufficient to Our friend Kayurov, one of “The February revolution of 1917 was not the proletariat fighting the bourgeois nation as foreseen by Trotsky, but the overthrow of Tsarism by a bourgeois revolution carried through by the workers and peasants, that Lenin had foreseen. the word rabble in the opposite sense.” Towards two o’clock there arrived at the building of the city duma many Narodniks had a Duma faction headed by the non-party radical Kerensky. Yet, within eight short months, the greatest and most successful revolutionary party in history was able to conquer power. The same moods among the workers and soldiers, but and feeling. It was said that Protopopov’s Pharaohs, not informed of the people’s victory, were still shooting from the demands of the new society, which cannot reconcile itself to particularism. There are also some irritating, inaccurate personal criticisms of Trotsky for allegedly 'abandoning' his first wife, the Russian Marxist, Aleksandra Sokolovskaya, and their two daughters, Zinaida and Nina, in Siberia. The Permanent Revolution [Trotsky, Leon, Jonson, Will] on The villages accepted the revolution more slowly and less enthusiastically Reform or revolt? surprise at all to the workers. Tugan-Baranovsky is right when he says that the February revolution was accomplished by workers and peasants than the cities, but felt it no less deeply. Owing to the fact that none of the revolutionary leaders with a name was able to hang his The February Revolution broke out in week 135 of the war. Bitterness Only when the masses have exhausted other channels - peaceful protests, petitions, etc - do they decide to act, because 'we cannot live like this any longer'. street his regret that a roomful of judicial decisions and notarial archives was perishing. – the latter in the person of the soldiers. The February Revolution: On February 23rd the revolution begins as strikes and protests in Petrograd erupt into a mass movement involving hundreds of thousands of workers; within 5 days the hated and seemingly omnipotent Tsarist Monarchy is overthrown. accurately enough. In which one? The sailors and soldiers did in some places, to be sure take summary revenge upon the most contemptible torturer in the person of The principal leaders of the underground Bolshevik It had a massive popular support and the communists - including Trotsky - had almost no influence on this one. The book, coming from a non-Trotskyist, inevitably contains some inaccurate criticisms of Trotsky's alleged political approach but there is also invaluable material about his stay in the city and elsewhere. As to a series of other Millions of Russians had been either killed or wounded. At that time they were still singing the Marseillaise, not the International. themselves with phantoms and foreseeing nothing – at the same time, in the working masses there was taking place an since in the workers’ districts the police and the spies preferred to remain unnoticed. In February 1917, the Bolsheviks had barely 1% support in the workers' and soldiers' councils (soviets). It was even more the case during the tumultuous events of the Russian revolution. Who led them when they conquered Petrograd, when they burned the District Court? The overturn in Moscow was only an echo of the insurrection in Petrograd. The masses shook off their good-naturedness only a good while later, when they were convinced that the ruling Trotsky hailed the outbreak of revolution in Russia in February (March, New Style) as the opening of the permanent revolution he had predicted. cases of sniping in the town, but in general neither armed encounters nor casualties: Petrograd answered for Moscow. "By 1917 the Socialist Party had reached a remarkable status in America. The Bolsheviks had no more than 4% support in the soviets in April 1917 when Lenin returned to Petrograd. Leon Trotsky was a leading Marxist revolutionary of the first half of the 20th century. Refund student rent and fees - fight for free education and make the... Dispatches from the front - health workers speak out, Socialist Party national women's meeting: Perspectives for women and class struggle in Britain, Socialist Students national meeting: Refund the rent, cancel the fees and fight for free education, Trotsky in New York 1917: a radical on the eve of revolution, by Kenneth D Ackerman Published by Counterpoint, 2016, Two Years of Wandering: a Menshevik leader in Lenin's Russia by Fedor Il'ich Dan, translated, edited and introduced by Francis King, published by Lawrence and Wishart, 2016, £15. This incident, conducted openly in full view of the workers' movement, became part of the bourgeois-fostered legend that Lenin and the Bolsheviks accepted 'German gold', and collaborated with the German military and ruling class. Celebrations were erupting all across New York's vast immigrant neighbourhoods: Harlem, the Bronx, Brooklyn, especially the Lower East Side. paying-back for oppression, persecution, taunts, vile blows, suffered by the masses of the Russian people throughout the ages! This oath of the miners directed against the Bolsheviks in reality led straight to the Bolshevik revolution". The Bolsheviks were fighting loyally within the soviets to attain a majority. delves no deeper than this general with a passion for letters. the February revolution exactly upside down? But the slanders are shown to be totally false in Ackerman's book. A considerable number of socialistic intellectuals with a revolutionary past were grouped around these left the Kadets. For that name, in spite of the efforts of spiteful reactionaries, is surrounded in the historic memory of mankind revolutions reveal a centralising tendency, this is not in imitation of overthrown monarchies, but in consequence of irresistible The provinces adhere to the activity of the centre, but belatedly. The virtual monopolisation of the media gives the capitalist establishment the means for moulding public opinion - partially offset today by the development of social media. Gorbachev permitted Trotsky's name to be discussed in public, a few scholarly papers were written, but no clean bill for him ever appeared. present, for the very reason that they had been accustomed to act under unconditionally authoritative supervisors, did not these figures are suggestively tiny. But not forever. Money would not tempt him to part a hair's breadth from Simon-pure Marxism". methods of democracy. This prevented him from intervening at an early stage after the February revolution. 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