On the Slogan for a United States of Europe (Editorial Comment)
Editorial Comment by Sotsial-Demokrat on the Manifesto on War Issued by the Central Committee of the R.S.D.L.P.
V. I. Lenin
The demand for a United States of Europe, as advanced by the Central Committee's Manifesto, which accompanied it with a call for the overthrow of the monarchies in Russia, Austria, and Germany, is distinct from the pacifist interpretation of this slogan by Kautsky and others.
Issue No. 44 of Sotsial-Demokrat, our Party's Central Organ, carries an editorial proving the economic erroneousness of the United States of Europe slogan. Either this is a demand that cannot be implemented under capitalism, inasmuch as it presupposes the establishment of a planned world economy, with a partition of colonies, spheres of influence, etc., among the individual countries, or else it is a reactionary slogan, one that signifies a temporary union of the Great Powers of Europe with the aim of enhancing the oppression of colonies and of plundering the more rapidly developing countries—Japan and America.
See pp. 339–43 of this volume.—Ed.
Written: Written late August 1915 |
Published: Published in the pamphlet Socialism and War, Geneva, 1915. Published according to the pamphlet.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [197], Moscow, Volume 21, page 344.
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