"All Power to the Soviets!" Biography of a Slogan

Lih, Lars T.
Date Written:  2017-07-24
Publisher:  The Bullet
Year Published:  2017
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21135

An examination of the origins of the slogan "All Power to the Soviets" in its original context of Russia in 1917.


Excerpt: From the days of Lassalle, Social Democracy had always given a great deal of attention to slogans -- watchwords, mots d'ordre -- as a way of focusing political campaigns and imposing unity on mass action. A history of Social Democracy in its various national manifestations could be written based on its slogans over the years. "All Power to the Soviets!" is assuredly one of the best of these: short enough to fit on a banner, extensive enough to provide a response to almost any issue. In April, Grigory Zinoviev responded to some written questions from factory workers, and one such question was: when will we get some decent cafeteria service in this factory? Zinoviev’s response: when the whole vlast is given to the soviets.

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