Dictatorship and Democracy

  • Patrick Goode


Kautsky welcomed the Russian Revolution of February 1917. He defined its character as bourgeois, in that it destroyed the remnants of feudalism, and democratic, because it opened the channels to political power for all classes. Further, he regarded it as a victory for the Russian peace party, and the German government would have to offer it generous terms.1


Political Power Socialist Party Social Revolution Small Industry Class Interest 
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  1. 1.
    Kautsky, K., ‘Die Aussichten der russischen Revolution’, Neue Zeit, XXXV. 2 (1917) pp. 9–11.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Steenson, Gary P., Karl Kautsky 1854–1938: Marxism in the Classical Years (Pittsburgh, 1979) pp. 197, 198.Google Scholar
  3. The standard work on the USPD is Prager, E., Geschichte der USPD (Berlin, 1922).Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Excerpts from Kautsky, K., Die Diktatur des Proletariats (Vienna, 1918). The chapter headings are Kautsky’s.Google Scholar

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