Karl Korsch pp 17-36 | Cite as

What is Socialisation?

  • Patrick Goode


By the time Korsch had finished his legal work with Schuster, it was the summer of 1914. He was summoned by his regiment in Meiningen to report for extraordinary manoeuvres. His return to Germany was apparently not from patriotic motives, but because he did not wish to be imprisoned somewhere as an alien without any contact with the mass of socialist workers, even when they were misguided enough to support a patriotic war. This meant being in the army, so he was in uniform training recruits before the war actually started. Because of his complaints against the violation of international law by the march through Belgium, he was demoted to the ranks. His form of protest against the war was never to carry a rifle or sabre, because he personally did not intend to kill people. Instead he considered it his mission to bring home alive as many soldiers as possible. However he carried out his military duties with enough ability to be eventually awarded the Iron Cross (first class) and to be recommissioned. Towards the end of the war, his company was all for revolution and for ending the war by not fighting any longer. His company was not demobbed until January 1919 because the government did not want to let the soldiers loose in a volatile political situation.1


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  1. 11.
    In H. Müller-Franken, Die Novemberrevolution (Berlin, 1931), p. 210.Google Scholar
  2. 64.
    V. Lenin, ‘The Question of Co-operative Societies at the International Socialist Congress in Copenhagen’, CW (London, 1963), vol. 16, p. 280.Google Scholar

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