[Marxism] When the North Star Turned Red | Left Voice

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun May 12 15:15:39 MDT 2019

Recently, Eric Blanc has argued that Finland’s revolution is a 
successful example of the “democratic road to socialism” and the 
strategy of Karl Kautsky. As the three articles in this series will 
show, even though the Finnish Social Democrats very much desired a 
parliamentary road, they were forced to carry out an insurrection. Yet 
since their party had been built up just to participate in elections, 
their leadership of the insurrection was terrible and led to a bloody 

The Finnish revolution might have enjoyed the best conditions for a 
successful socialist revolution in the history of capitalism: the 
working class was able to take power virtually without resistance. Yet 
the social democratic leaders were able to snatch defeat from the jaws 
of victory. Far from a vindication, the example of Finland shows the 
catastrophic results of Kautsky’s strategy. But we will return to this 
question at the end of the third article.

full: https://www.leftvoice.org/when-the-north-star-turned-red

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