Vpered Publications – На темы дня (№2 – Июнь 1912)

The second issue of Vpered‘s On the Day’s Themes came out only a couple of months after the initial pamphlet – note (again) the change from single ‘theme’ (in the case of the pamphlet, Lenin’s Prague Conference) to multiple ‘themes’ in the title – and it seemed to have been mostly driven by Manuilskii (aka Ivan the Unemployed) and Aleksinskii (aka Petr Al.) and their Paris group.

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The issue opens with another programmatic essay by Manuilskii. This one is called ‘On the Old Path’ and while Lenin is not attacked directly, all those involved knew the code:

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Vpered‘s platform is confirmed, according to the author, in the continuation of the revolutionary activity of the proletariat. Vpered‘s opponents will ridicule its tendency to see signs of a new revolutionary upheaval in each small event – perhaps we will get to some of Zinoviev’s texts of the period (reprinted in his Collected Works, volume 3 and 4 that cover his writings of 1910-14) where such mockery is present in many cases when Vpered comes up. But passages such as this are often found in Vpered texts:

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Aleksinskii’s text attacks Cadets (and those who propose that they can be Social-Democracy’s allies in the struggle against the monarchy). As we can see, Lunacharskii is still part of Paris section of Vpered, he will fall out with Aleksinskii shortly. He gives a general overview of all things revolutionary in Europe, supporting the overall argument about the new revolutionary upheaval of the Russian proletariat:

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Another interesting text here is related to the elections to the Fourth Duma, a result of the group’s Paris section’s consultations on the subject. The elections platform was then discussed by a Vpered section in Geneva, its opinions published as a separate text. These discussions, corrections and alternative opinions are published in order to demonstrate, according to the authors, how a genuinely democratic group is different from non-democratic (read Leninist) publications where only the final product is revealed and then enforced without discussion. Again, the group reminds the readers of its original platform and its correctness:

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Full issue can be found here. Enjoy!


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