By Robert V. Daniels
An intensive revision of the valued yet unobtainable 1960 version. approximately three hundred key records are actually available in translation.
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The strikes of the nineties represented the class struggle in embryo, but only in embryo. Taken by themselves, these strikes were simply trade union struggles, but not yet Social-Democratic struggles. , theirs was not yet Social-Democratic consciousness. In this sense, the strikes of the nineties in spite of the enormous progress they represented as compared with the "riots," remained a purely spontaneous movement. We have said that there could not yet be Social-Democratic consciousness among the workers.
Contacts with the proletarian struggle, the opponents of any non-worker intelligentsia (even if it be a socialist intelligentsia) are compelled, in order to defend their positions, to resort to the arguments of the bourgeois "pure" trade unionists. . This shows . . that all worship of the spontaneity of the working-class movement, all belittling of the role of "the conscious element," of the role of Social-Democracy, means, quite irrespective of whether the belittler wants to or not, strengthening the influence of the bourgeois ideology over the workers.
Our Party is only in process of formation, its features are only just becoming outlined, and it is yet far from having settled accounts with other trends of revolutionary thought, which threaten to divert the movement from the correct path. . The national tasks of Russian Social-Democracy are such as have never confronted any other socialist party in the world. . The role of vanguard fighter can be fulfilled only by a party that is guided by the most advanced theory. . . . The strikes of the nineties represented the class struggle in embryo, but only in embryo.
A Documentary History of Communism in Russia: From Lenin to Gorbachev by Robert V. Daniels