The Road to Power was a highly controversial political pamphlet published in 1909—an important document for the understanding of the Wilhelmine Empire and especially of the German Social Democratic Party and Kautsky’s role in it—and it was Kautsky’s last major attack on the revisionists’ hope for a gradual “growth in socialism” without any drastic changes in the political order. To this, Kautsky opposed his view of the political revolution that he hoped for and predicted as the achievement of parliamentary democracy and of working-class power through parliamentary majority. He believed that the initial democratization of the autocratic empire could be realized peacefully by electoral victories and trade-union political action.
The present edition contains an excellent new translation of Kautsky’s text; a scholarly introduction by John H. Kautsky; the author’s prefaces to three German editions; and the correspondence concerning Kautsky’s conflict with the Social Democratic Party’s Executive Committee regarding publication of his work.
Paperback | $28.99
Published by Humanity Books Jun 01, 1996| 121 Pages| 6 x 9| ISBN 9781573924788
“In The Road to Power, the foremost theorist of German Social Democracy sought to show how a Marxist party could come to power non-violently in a decades-long revolutionary political process. [This] excellent new translation…is a valuable service to scholarship.”
—Professor Emeritus Robert C. Tucker, Princeton University