chapter  6
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Marx and ...... Kautsky

KAUTSKY loftily sweeps aside Marx's views on terror, ex-pressed by him in the Neue Rheinische Zeitung-as at that time, do you see, Marx was still very "young," and consequently his views had not yet had time to arrive at that condition of complete enfeeblement which is so clearly to be observed in the case of certain theoreticians in the seventh decade of their life. As a contrast to the green Marx of l848-9 (the author of the Communist ManifeSlo!) Kautsky quotes the mature Marx of the epoch of the Paris Commune -and the latter, under the pen of Kautsky, loses his great lion's mane, and appears before us as an extremely respectable reasoner, bowing before the holy places of democracy, declaiming on the sacredness of human life, and filled with all due reverence for the political charms of Scheidemann, Vandervelde, and particularly of his own physical grandson, Jean Longuet. In a word, Marx, instructed by the experience of life, proves to be a well-behaved Kautskian.