Written: Written before August 11, 1915
Published: First published in 1929 in Lenin Miscellany XI. Sent from Sörenberg to Geneva. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 337.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear V. K.,
I enclose the sheets of the pamphlet which were accidentally overlooked. Please check whether you have everything now. I wrote to you yesterday about the reprints coming up for the pamphlet.
What about No. 44?
P.S. The attached footnote to the manifesto should go into the pamphlet. Insert it, please.
Footnote. The demand for a United States of Europe, as put forward in the manifesto of the C.C., which supplemented it with a call for the overthrow of the monarchies of Russia, Austria and Germany, differs from the pacifist reading of this slogan by Kautsky and others. [To the paragraph in the manifesto of the C.C. (No. 33 of Sotsial-Demokrat) containing a reference to the United States of Europe.]
There is an editorial in No. 44 of our Party’s Central Organ, Sotsial-Demokrat, which shows that the “United States of Europe” slogan is economically wrong. Either this is an impossible slogan under capitalism, one signifying not only the giving up of colonies, but also the establishment of a balanced world economy, with the colonies, spheres of influence, etc., divided among the several countries. Or else it is a reactionary slogan, signifying a temporary alliance between the Great Powers of Europe to plunder the more rapidly developing Japan and America. (Note by the editorial board of Sotsial-Demokrat.)
Return the material as soon as possible!