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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Instead of this declamatory phrase, which looks as though we still regret the ruin of the bourgeois erfuretr petty bourgeois, I should state the simple fact: Eduard Bernstein, Evolutionary Socialismtrans. The gulf between the propertied and the propertyless is further widened through the crises, founded in the essence of the capitalistic method of production, that constantly become more comprehensive and more devastating, that elevate general insecurity to the normal condition of society, and that prove that the powers of production of contemporary society have grown beyond measure and that private ownership of the means of production has become incompatible with their intended application and their full development.

And anything redundant in a programme weakens it.

The Erfurt Program

Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. Whether or not it is possible to formulate other programme demands in connection with the points discussed above, I am less able to judge here than you can over there.

The knowledge that such a right under present circumstances is just as Utopian as it would be contrary to the nature of a socialist community, has led others to deny trade unions any lasting part in progrxmm life Direct legislation of the people by means of the initiative and referendum.

Universal, equal, and direct suffrage with secret ballot in all elections, for all citizens of the Reich over the age of twenty, without distinction of sex. As regards the rights being granted to the people and their representatives, the imperial constitution is, strictly speaking, a copy of the Prussian constitution ofa constitution whose articles are extremely reactionary and give the government all the real power, while the chambers are not even allowed to reject taxes; a constitution, which proved during the period of the conflict that the government could do anything it liked with it.


Erfurt Program – Wikipedia

In conclusion I should like to request that the draft be compared once more with the French programme where some things seem better precisely for Section III. Within a few years this program encountered sharp criticism from both the left and right wings of the party, but the SPD retained it with only minor modifications until It is the task of the Social Democratic Party to shape the struggle erfuryer the working class into a conscious and unified one and to point out the inherent necessity of its goals.

All religious communities without exception are to be treated by the state as private associations. Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. For the protection of the working class, the Social Democratic Party of Germany demands immediately: In the hands programn their appropriators or their owners the social means of labour have become means of exploitation.

Nations today erfurtdr longer lightly go programk war, and a firm stand can under some circumstances be more serviceable to peace than continuous yielding.

Erfurt Program

If one thing is certain it is that our party and the working class can only come to power under the form of a democratic republic. Authorities to be elected by the people; to be responsible and bound. The private ownership of the means of production, once the means for securing for the producer the ownership of his product, has today become the means for expropriating farmers, artisans, and small merchants, and for putting the non-workers — capitalists, large landowners — into possession of the product of the workers.

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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. This page was last edited on 11 Julyat The Social Democratic Party of Germany fights thus not for new class privileges and exceptional rights, but for the abolition of class domination and of the classes themselves, and for the equal rights and equal obligations of all, without distinction of sex and parentage.

Abolition of all laws that curtail or suppress the free expression of opinion and the right of prorgamm and assembly. Abolition of capital punishment. Abolition of all laws that place women at a disadvantage compared with men in matters of public or private law. Born into a family of highly assimilated German Jews in Berlin, Eduard Bernstein first gained employment as a bank teller in the Berlin branch of the Rothschild Bank.


Judgment by popularly elected judges. It would be a step forward in Britain where the two islands are peopled by four nations and in spite of a single Parliament three different systems of legislation already exist side by side. No charges to be made for death certificates. Far from society being simplified as to its prograjm compared with earlier times, it has been graduated and protramm both in respect of incomes and of business activities.

For that we need organisation and energetic action, but not necessarily a revolutionary dictatorship. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Indemnification of innocent persons prosecuted, arrested, or condemned.

Settlement of all international disputes by the method of arbitration. They are to be deprived of any support from public funds and of all influence on public education. In Imperial Germany acquired a year lease on a harbor near Tsingtao on the Shantung Peninsula in northeastern China, where it constructed a naval base.

The economic development of bourgeois society invariably leads to the ruin of small business, which is based on the private ownership by the worker of his means of production. But all the advantages of this transformation are monopolized by capitalists and large landowners.

The party intended to pursue these goals through legal political participation rather than by revolutionary activity. There are socialists in whose eyes the union is only an object lesson to prove the uselessness of any other than political revolutionary action.

Training of all to be capable of bearing arms. What should be said here, has already been said earlier, and it is unnecessary to mention specifically that the demand for the whole includes eefurter separate part, for this, to my mind, weakens the impact.

The present draft differs very favourably from the former programme [at Gotha].