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Works of Frederick Engels A Critique of the Draft Social-Democratic Program of Written: June 18 and 29 ; First Published: .. Erfurt Program. Das Erfurter Programm (German Edition) – Kindle edition by Karl Kautsky. bereitete er zusammen mit August Bebel und Eduard Bernstein das Erfurter. The Erfurt Program of the German Social Democratic Party (). The SPD adopted the following program soon after the repeal of Bismarck’s Anti-Socialist Law.

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If, however, this sentence is intended as a link to pass on to the individual demands, something resembling the following could be said: And a provincial and communal self-government of this type is far freer than, for instance, Swiss federalism, under which, it is true, the canton is very independent in relation to the federation, but is also independent in relation to the district and the commune.

This imprescriptible and inalienable right is as little touched if we place ourselves on the path of reform as the right of self-defense is done away with when we make laws to regulate our personal and property disputes.

Training of all to be capable of bearing arms. Pgogramm charge to be made for the administration of the law, or for legal assistance.

A Critique of the Draft Social-Democratic Program of by Engels

The economic subjugation of the worker by the appropriator erfugter the means of labour, that is erfurteer say, of the means of livelihood, conditioned thereby, is the basis of slavery in all its forms: It certainly proceeds more slowly than many would wish, but in spite of that it is at work.

University of Pittsburgh Press,pp. Too much should not be sacrificed for the sake of popularity, and the mental ability and educational level of our workers should not be underestimated.

The emancipation of the working class can be the work only of the working class itself. However, what certainly does increase is the insecurity of existence. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. If such a distinction should be made, it should in any case be expressed more clearly or explained in a commentary appended to the draft. To touch on that is dangerous, however.


However, the question of the republic could possibly be passed by. It separates the worker from his means of production and converts him into a propertyless proletarian, while the means of production become the monopoly of a relatively small number of capitalists and large landowners.

The Erfurt Program

MECW Volume 27, p. Declaration that religion is a private matter. There are socialists in whose eyes the union is only an object lesson to prove the uselessness of any other than political revolutionary action. Universal suffrage in Germany could serve Bismarck temporarily as a tool, but finally it compelled Bismarck to serve it as a tool.

Without political rights, the working class cannot carry on its economic struggles and develop its economic organization. Here I would insert: It is thus quite wrong to assume that the present development of society shows a relative or indeed absolute diminution of the number of the members of the possessing classes.

The Erfurt Program

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Protokoll des Parteitages der Sozialdemokratischen Partei Deutschlands: For the proletariat and the sinking middle classes — petty bourgeoisie and farmers — it means an increase in the insecurity of their existence, of misery, of pressure, of oppression, of degradation, of exploitation.

Abolition of provramm laws that are prejudicial to women in their relations to men in public or private law.

If all the 10 egfurter were granted we should indeed have more diverse means of achieving our main political aim, but the aim itself would in no wise have been achieved. To my view the programme should be as short and precise as possible. The German Social Democratic Party therefore does not fight for new class privileges and class rights, but for the abolition of class rule and of classes themselves, for equal rights and equal obligations for all, prgramm distinction of sex or birth.

Being pressed for time, I unfortunately cannot search for the Spanish programme, which is erfurteer very good in many respects.

The private ownership of the means of production, once the means for erfuryer for the producer the ownership of his product, has today become the means for expropriating farmers, artisans, and small merchants, and for putting the non-workers — capitalists, large landowners — into possession of the product of the workers.


Whether the social surplus produce is accumulated in the shape of monopoly by 10, persons or is shared up in graduated amounts among half-a-million of men makes no difference in principle to the nine or ten million heads of families who are worsted by this transaction. The battle of the working class against capitalistic exploitation is necessarily a political battle.

Compensation for individuals unjustly accused, imprisoned, or sentenced. Direct legislation by the people through the rights of proposal and rejection.

Fall — History — Professor Patch. Capitalist production by joint-stock companies is no longer private production but production on behalf of many associated people. The rights of the Reichstag are the same as those of the Prussian chamber and this is why Liebknecht called this Eefurter the fig-leaf of absolutism.

For that we need organisation and energetic action, but not necessarily a revolutionary dictatorship. The State and Revolution. Prigramm furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, erfurtef education by publishing worldwide.

The Class Struggle was translated into 16 languages before and became the accepted popular summation of Marxist theory. The revolution of and must not be reversed from erfurrter but supplemented and improved by a movement from below. They are to be deprived of any support from public funds and of all influence on public education. The annual party congresses of the SPD regularly condemned Revisionism, reaffirming Marxism in theory, but Bernstein was never expelled from the party.

Kautsky argued that because capitalism, by its very nature, must collapse, the immediate task for socialists was to work for the improvement of workers’ lives rather than for the revolutionwhich was inevitable.