Works of Frederick Engels A Critique of the Draft Social-Democratic Program of Written: June 18 and 29 ; First Published: .. Erfurt Program. Das Erfurter Programm (German Edition) – Kindle edition by Karl Kautsky. bereitete er zusammen mit August Bebel und Eduard Bernstein das Erfurter. The Erfurt Program of the German Social Democratic Party (). The SPD adopted the following program soon after the repeal of Bismarck’s Anti-Socialist Law.

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But in Germany erfurtdr the government is almost omnipotent and the Reichstag and all other representative bodies have no real power, to advocate such a thing in Germany, when, moreover, there is no need to do so, means removing the fig-leaf from absolutism and becoming oneself a screen for its nakedness.

For the protection of the working class, the Social Democratic Party of Germany demands immediately: But it can only be the work erfjrter the working class, because all the other classes, in spite of mutually conflicting interests, take their stand on the basis of private erfugter of the means of production, and have as their common object the preservation of the principles of contemporary society. Prohibition of night work, except for such branches of industry as, in accordance with their nature, require night work, for technical reasons, or for reasons of public welfare.

The Erfurt Program

If the activity and the prospects of social democracy were dependent on the decrease of the “wealthy,” then it might indeed lie down to sleep. But the German people has a great interest in this—that China should not be the prey of other nations; it has a great interest in this—that China’s commercial policy should not be subordinated to the interest of a single foreign power or a coalition of foreign powers; in short, that in all questions concerning China, Germany should have a word to say.

Compensation for individuals unjustly accused, imprisoned, or sentenced. But it would be desirable to debate these questions within the party before it is too late. In my view, the proletariat can only use the form of the one and indivisible republic. Proportional representation, and, until this is introduced, legal redistribution of electoral districts after every census. Declaration that religion is a private matter.


It is divided into three sections: Training of all to be capable of bearing arms.

Erfurt Program

If society were constituted or had developed in the manner the socialist theory has hitherto assumed, then certainly the economic collapse would be only a question of a short span of time. Universal suffrage in Germany could serve Bismarck temporarily as a tool, but finally it compelled Bismarck to serve it as a tool.

These points demand that the following should be taken over by the state: Universal, equal, direct suffrage and franchise, with direct ballot, for all members of pogramm Empire over twenty years of age, without distinction of sex, for all elections and acts of voting.

I shall try to make this entire section somewhat shorter and if I succeed shall enclose it or send it on later. Inheritance tax, graduated according to the size of the inheritance and the degree of kinship.

Decision of war and peace by the representatives of the people. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Supervision of all industrial establishments, investigation and regulation of working conditions in the cities and the countryside by a Reich labor department, district labor bureaus, and chambers of labor.

Its author, the Austrian Karl Kautsky, combined an introduction briefly summarizing the Communist Manifesto with a list of specific demands that ;rogramm appeal to non-Marxists, but which could not be granted, Marxists believed, without fatally undermining the capitalist system.

The organisation of the workers and their constantly growing resistance will possibly check the erfuter of misery to a certain extent. Retrieved from ” https: It is thus quite wrong to assume that the present development of society shows a relative or indeed absolute diminution of the number of the members of the possessing classes.


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It would be a step forward in Britain where the two islands are peopled by four nations and in spite of a rpogramm Parliament three different systems of legislation already exist side by side. To shape this battle of the working class into a conscious and united effort, and to show it its naturally necessary end, is the object of the social-democratic party.

June 18 and 29 ; First Published: However, what certainly does increase is the insecurity of existence. Programmm party intended to pursue these goals through legal political participation rather than by revolutionary activity.

But universal suffrage is only a part of democracy, although a part which in time must draw the other parts after it as the magnet attracts to itself the scattered portions of iron. Prograjm, the question of the republic could possibly be passed by.

The struggle of the working class against capitalist exploitation is necessarily a political struggle.

Capitalist production by joint-stock companies is no longer private production but production on behalf of many associated people. The trade unions are the democratic element in industry.

In general it suffers from the attempt to combine two things that are uncombinable: You could not be signed in. In erfurtee far as the acquisition of the Kiauchow Bay errfurter a means of securing this right to protest, and it will be difficult to gainsay that it does contribute to it, there is no reason in my opinion for social democracy to cry out against it on principle. Assurance of the right of combination.

Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. For the protection of the working classes, the German Social Democratic Party demands, first of all: