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PART I. SOVIETISM AND THE BOLSHEVIKI
Who Are the Bolsheviki?
What Do The Bolsheviki Want, Fundamentally?
What Do the Soviets Stand For in Actual Practice
What Are The Bolsheviki Fighting For?
What Is the Chief Soviet Weapon?
To What Is Their Power Due?
What Superiority Have the Bolsheviki
Can the Soviets Win Back the People?
Are the Bolsheviki Reforming?
PART II. PRO-BOLSHEVISTS
"Authorities" on Bolshevism
The Origin of Pro-Bolshevism in Smolny Institute
Varieties of Pro-Bolshevism I
Varieties of Pro-Bolshevism II
Varieties of Pro-Bolshevism III
Non-Bolshevist Support For The Russian Soviets
PART III. SOVIETISM OUTSIDE OF RUSSIA
The Soviets' Plans for World Revolution
The Capture of the World's Socialist Parties
"How explain the outspoken sympathy for the Bolshevik regime among so many well-meaning democratic Americans?"
"Our credulity, our impatience in sifting evidence will explain much. We will take a hazardous trip to Russia, talk to Lenine and his commissars through an interpreter, return with a phonographic reproduction of their utterances. But we will not study the utterances of the Bolshevik! when they are not talking propaganda for America. We will not bring critical analysis to bear on their claims. We will not try to ascertain whether in the nature of things their statements are possible."
—Manya Gordin Steunsky in The Century.
What everybody wants to know is not what the Bolsheviki claim to stand for, nor even what they honestly think they stand for, hut what they actually do stand for—according to a fair summary of their own acknowledged words and deeds.
In the following summary first weight is given to the Soviet constitution and decrees—as issued by the Soviet or sympathetic publications—the speeches of Lenine and the other Bolshevist leaders, the Bolshevist press. Only occasionally is other evidence referred to. The opinions of the greatest Bolshevist writer, Maxim Gorky, are quoted as giving a suitable background to hold the material together.
The volume is prepared for the use of the general public, which has shown a full appreciation of the fact that this type of evidence is conclusive. To the fair-minded reader a fraction of the material here brought together would be sufficient. He must be warned, however, that the Soviet sympathizers will endeavor to impugn even Soviet testimony, whenever it is damaging.