LETTER FROM THE ECCI TO THE GERMAN COMMUNIST PARTY ON THE SAXON COALITION GOVERNMENT
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December [?] 1 - 1923 Inprekorr, iv, 16, p. 169, 4 February 1924
The political error was a necessary consequence of your over-estimation of the degree of political and technical preparation. We here in Moscow, as you must be well aware, regarded the entry of communists into the Saxon Government only as a military-strategic manoeuvre. You turned it into a political bloc with the 'left' socialdemocrats, which tied your hands. We thought of your entry into the Saxon Government as a way of winning a jumping-off ground from which to deploy the forces of our armies. You turned participation in the Saxon cabinet into a banal parliamentary coalition with the social-democrats. The result was our political defeat. And what was still worse, there was an element of comedy in the business.
We can stand a defeat in battle, but when a revolutionary party on the eve of revolt gets into a ridiculous position, that is worse than a defeat. In the Reich the party did not pursue a policy which could be and had to be the overture to decisive struggle.
Not a single decisive revolutionary step. Not one even partially clear communist speech. Not a single serious measure to expedite the arming of the Saxon workers, not a single practical measure to create Soviets in Saxony. Instead of that, a 'gesture' by Bottcher; who declared that he would not leave the government building until he was ejected by force. No, comrades, that is not the way to prepare a revolution.