Letters to Dr. Kugelmann

Letters to Dr. Kugelmann

Letters to Dr. Kugelmann

Letters to Dr. Kugelmann

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Our aim in publishing in a separate pamphlet the full collection of Marx Letters to Kugelmann that were published in the German Social-Democratic weekly, the Neue Zeit, is to acquaint the Russian public more closely with Marx and Marxism. As was to be expected, Marx devoted a good deal of space in the correspondence to personal matters. This material is exceedingly valuable for the biographer. But for the general public, and the Russian working class in particular, those passages which contain theoretical and political material are of infinitely greater interest. It is particularly important and instructive for us in our present revolutionary times to consider carefully this material, which reveals Marx as a man who immediately responded to all questions on the labour movement and world politics. The editor of the Neue Zeit was quite right when he remarked that "we are elevated by an acquaintance with the personality of men whose thoughts and will took shape in conditions of grave upheavals." For the Russian Socialist in 1907, acquaintance with this material is doubly necessary, for it provides a wealth of very valuable indications concerning the immediate problems confronting the Socialist in all and every revolution his country is passing through. Just now Russia is passing through a "great upheaval." The policy Marx pursued in the comparatively stormy period of the 1860's should very often serve as a model of the policy a Social-Democrat should pursue in the present Russian revolution.

We will therefore very briefly note the passages in Marx's correspondence which are particularly important from a theoretical point of view and we will deal in greater detail with his revolutionary policy as a representative of the proletariat.

Of outstanding interest from the point of view of a fuller and . . .

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