3. The Class Tasks of the Proletariat at the Present Stage of the Democratic Revolution
V. I. Lenin
1. the democratic revolution in Russia is heading for a new upswing; the big capitalist and landlord class is taking the side of counter-revolution, while new strata of the petty bourgeoisie and the peasantry, following the example of the proletariat, are coming over to the revolution;
This conference declares:
2. the class interests of the proletariat in the bourgeois revolution are such that,conditions must be created for the most successful struggle for socialism against the propertied classes;
3. the only possible way to create and secure these conditions is to carry the democratic revolution to its completion, i.e., to win a democratic republic, the complete sovereignty of the people and the minimum of social and economic gains necessary for the proletariat (the eight-hour day and other demands of the Social-Democratic minimum programme);
4. only the proletariat can bring the democratic revolution to its consummation, the condition being that the proletariat, as the only thoroughly revolutionary class in modern society, leads the mass of the peasantry, and imparts political consciousness to its struggle against landed proprietorship and the feudal state;
5. the role of leader in the democratic revolution provides the proletariat with the greatest opportunity to improve its social and economic position, develop its class-consciousness in every way, and pursue its class activities not only in the economic, but also in the wide political sphere;
1. that the main task of the proletariat at the present moment of history is to consummate the democratic revolution in Russia;
2. that any belittling of this task will inevitably have the result of converting the working class from the leader of the people's revolution, carrying with it the mass of the democratic peasantry, into a passive participant of the revolution, trailing behind the liberal-monarchist bourgeoisie;
3. that all organisations of the Party must guide the activities of the proletariat in carrying out this task, with out for a moment losing sight of the independent socialist aims of the proletariat.
Written: Written on February 15-18 (February 28-March 3), 1907|
Published: Published in Proletary, No. 14, March 4, 1907.
Published according to the newspaper text.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Foreign Languages Publishing House, 1962, Moscow, Volume 12, pages 133-144.
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