International Communist Party Against Capitalist War

Revolutionary War
From Il Soviet No. 1, 1918

Those renegades of socialism who were in favor of the war would like today, in order to justify their attitude, to cleverly exploit the incrediblee events unfolding in Russia, Austria, and Germany.

They claim that the war they wanted, the defeat of the Central Empires for which they fought (on their home fronts), produced the Socialist Revolution.

This trick of the “revolutionary war” must be uncovered for the lie it is.

It’s very obvious that the war has produced revolutionary situations; and this corresponds well with socialist conceptions. Just as the development of capitalism prepares and leads to the proletarian revolution, so the war, the supreme crisis of the bourgeois world and its intimate contradictions, hastens its final catastrophe. But just as it is the program of the socialists to work for the revolution by fighting the bourgeoisie in the class struggle – and not by helping the bourgeoisie evolve – so their duty before the war is to oppose it and to fight against militarism in order to hasten the crisis from which it will emerge felled.

War has thus been an accelerating phenomenon of the Revolution, just as capitalism accelerates, as it develops, the advent of socialism; but between the two terms there is an absolute antithesis and between the classes representing them in the social field there is an incessant struggle.

If the revolution of the proletariat could have stopped the war at its beginning by overthrowing all the bourgeois governments, as was the sound internationalist vision, rivers of blood could have been spared. But there’s no point in bemoaning history with gratuitous assumptions.

“No”, we answer in the light of the facts, “the social-patriots everywhere exercised a profoundly counter-revolutionary work”.

The social-patriots argued that it was necessary for the cause of socialism that the autocratic and militaristic Central Empires be overthrown by the democratic Entente; for their part, the German social patriots argued that it was necessary to overthrow Tsarism.

The one and the other assured that this could only be achieved by war, as it was not to be hoped that the threat of German militarism and Tsarism – both respectively painted as the aggressors – would be arrested by an internal revolution.

The similar conceptions of the social-patriots were based on an irremediable antithesis passing between the Russian and German ruling classes, between the ruling classes of the Empires and the Entente.

But the Russian Revolution came and crushed Tsarism.

The German Revolution came and crushed Teutonic imperialism and militarism. Warmongering socialists of Germany and warmongering socialists of the Entente credit themselves with facilitating those revolutions with the military defeat of the overthrown regime.

But the falsity of their claim is crystal clear from the similar historical situations that arose.

German militarism after the Revolution in Russia became the ally of the Russian ruling classes, against which it had called its people to war, and helped them in their struggle against the Bolsheviks, revealing all its affinity with yesterday's enemy.

The Teutonic Majority-SPD do not protest, do not rise up, rather, they join the defamers and saboteurs of the Revolution.

Thus today, during the German Revolution – and the real Revolution will be accomplished for us when the communists have also triumphed in Germany – the bourgeoisies of the Entente clearly show their sympathy for the German ruling classes, for the militarists and pan-Germanists of yesterday.


There’s no difference between the policy of the democratic Entente and that of the German imperialist governments in regard to the “socialist danger”. Thus history takes our revenge and does justice to the lies of Entente socialism.

And homegrown social-patriots make themselves sympathetic to their Governments by joining the chorus of cowardly lies against the great, the true revolutionary work of the German proletariat.

The great truth gives us the path to follow: the bourgeoisies of all countries are allied against revolutionary international socialism.

And the renegades of socialism who sang the praises of the war by working in filthy collaboration with the capitalist powers, continue to be its pawns working against the revolution.