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Save The Revolution. | Ovk Comrade Soeriiius, whose residence amongst us we all welcome, seems very much concerned ever the fact that we in South Wales don't show the anxiety to save the Russian Revolution that Ilw apparently thinks we could accomplish by re- solutions and protc-st-atory speech. "1 am," he said to us this week. a representative Bol- shevik, I come amongst you British people as a n-presentation of the ideology of the Russian proletariate. I desire to know the British peo- ple, who are not. understood in Russia, and to go back to my country and say The British people are with you they understand you and they will help you He seemed very disap- pointed that we ourselves, with all the heart in the world could not regard him as a representa- tive type of the Russian proletariate—a task which will be very difficult to any who have heard him play—and still more that the frag- mentary and contradictory reports that come to us as to the position of affairs in the great Rus- sian republic led us to expect nothing better than a serious counter-revolution, the outcome of which we trusted would be beneficial to Social- Democracy. No one can have a deeper concern for Russia than ourselves; no one can rejoice that the foulest autocracy in the- world has been swept away more truly than we do, and we would like to think that there is a substra- tum of reliable information, as well as of sin- cere desire to help and sympathy with the Bol- shevik i, behind the numerous appeals that reach us to publish articles on Save the Revolution. But let us look at the evidence!' On the one hand we have the reality of Soviet Government harassed by internal foes who were to be ex- pected and external enemies whose operations, even under the gu ise of war needs, cover extents that it is hard to justify. The internal and ex- ternal pressure renders the position of Leuin and Trotsky one of difficulty and much danger. The two pressures will probably culminate in counter-revolution, in which the Bolsheviks will have to face the armed powers of their fellow countrymen, in all probability strengthened by a large measure of external support from the Capitalist parties of Europe. On the other hand, people claiming to voice the aspirations of Rus- sia: and enunciating their charges in the terms of Socialism and Democracy, bring charges of Bolshevik retention of power against the will of the majority, by the use of armed force, and by the refusal of representative assembles. In fact, the abrogation of every eollectivist principle, and the employment of every device of reaction- a.ry a.utocracy are levelled at the present regime. And amongst this turmoil and contradiction, who shall determine the right! If the methods that have freed Russia from Tsardom have but succeeded in replacing it by another employing the same means to retain itself in power then the Russian people have still to win to freedom. Personally, we do not. take that extreme view, we believe that the Bolsheviki is to a. very great extent representative of the Russian proletariate and that its administration has been beneficial to a very marked extent; and that for that rea- son. and for the purpose of giving it a fairer chance of working out its schemes and inten- tions, it should be given a. longer period of trial, and should be supported by the whole Socialist movement the world over. Yet no purpose is served by closing our^eves to the fact that 4t, data needed for a mature judgment. is entirely lacking; that in place of hard relevant facts we aro served only the partisan Yea of the Bolshevist, and dIP" Xay q of his opponent. It is because of the uncertainty of the position that English Social Democracy has lost that splendid impulse that the dawn of the Revolution gave it, and has replaced it with the hope that every- thing is right, or will work out right. Sympa- thy is certainly with the Bolsheviki, but under, lying that s\mpathy is unquestionably an un- easy feeling that all is not well, and that fur- ther convulsions are imminent in Russia. And to us it seems tha,t we are but at the beginning, and that the imminent convulsions will be fol- lowed by others until the Revolution is thor- oughly worked out. Much, am we would like to think that the Bolshevist regime will be strengthened to fulfil a true Socialist state, we own to a belief that. the factors operating in Russia render such a consummation little more man a hope, and whilst we do not hesitate for one moment in rejoicing in the Revolution, we utterly fail to see how we can play a part in Saving the Revolution." The European powers are not going to heed the Socialist de- clamations against their predatory raids on the Murman coast, or the French subsidisation of Finnish reactionaries, or the German assistance given to Miliukoff. Those things are being done under the pretext of need in the greater and nearer game of wdr that is being played in Europe. Apart from pious resolutions of pro- jest, which Soermus may have in abundance, and which are useless, we are afraid that the Bol- which are uge l 4es- to llw x r ? tfhroe m En.gliqh I o(-ia l shevists have little to expect from English Social- ists; who lost faith when the Constituent As- semblies were not forthcoming.

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