By Thomas Keneally
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In this event, a workers’ government in Russia, which could not survive in isolation, would do its utmost to spread revolution to the West. From abroad, Akselrod, who placed much more emphasis on the leading role of the bourgeoisie in a bourgeois revolution and advocated alliances between workers and professionals in opposition to tsarism, worried that Martov and others were allowing The Beginning to fall under the spell of permanent revolution. However, when the ‘conditions of revolutionary madness’,20 as Trotsky called them, had died down most of the above returned to their previous negative evaluations of permanent revolution.
In a long history of struggle for survival against the more powerful economies of the West, the Russian state had been forced to grow and defend itself partly through excessive exploitation of the country’s scattered population and the young revolutionary, 1879–1907 resources, and partly via foreign loans on the international money markets. This process had produced a state standing above society and opposed to it. But the forces of opposition were weak. An impoverished peasantry was incapable of playing an independent political role, and an underdeveloped indigenous bourgeoisie, as Peter Struve had pointed out in the 1898 Manifesto of the RSDLP, was timid and cowardly.
As before, ministers were appointed and dismissed by the tsar. 32 The Mensheviks encouraged social democrats to participate in the elections amongst the workers’ curia, seeing this as an opportunity to further socialist propaganda. The Bolsheviks argued that to take part was to condone a far from democratic process. A boycott would send the appropriate dismissive message to the regime. Trotsky also favoured a boycott of the elections to the First Duma. This, he thought, was the best tactic to protest against the lack of democratic rights allotted to the Duma by the tsar.