In Germany, things are very different. The workers conscious of their class avoid with a blind stubbornness the encounter with national passion. This applies just as well to the social democrat as for the communist. The worker class is obstinate in the selfishness of its class struggle. A large national horizon frightens it. Since 1918, it realized that its class consciousness, that had been categorically limited to itself, is totally sterile in the political scheme, without any weight. By refusing to be an instrument permitting intervention in national affairs, class consciousness is incapable of exercising real influence on the course of things. Social democracy and the Communist Party are not living organs. They do not have this radiance permitting them to penetrate the political space of Germany. The class struggle inspired by social democracy limits itself to hollow phrases. It cannot shake the bourgeoisie. In the measure where it tries to transform politics, it becomes an element favoring the foreign policy of France. In contrast, the class struggle inspired by communism runs out in a useless racket. It tries to be the reflection of the upheaval of the world, that was produced in Russia. But because on German soil, it can hardly be the instrument of the fanatical ardor of Russian nationalism, it remains a vain and fruitless enterprise.
The bourgeois character of the Versailles regime is a veritable provocation regarding the German worker, inciting him to amalgamate the will to class struggle with the will for the liberty of Germany. Before this provocation, social democracy remained in a heavy muteness. But never had it dared more than a tactical dalliance with the will to German liberty. That was also finished. In the meantime, it had retired in a class selfishness as pure as it is sterile.
The fact that the will to class struggle of the German workers proves inaccessible to national passion assures, better than any other thing, the social power of the bourgeoisie, favoring its restoration and encouraging Fascism. The ruling class of Germany is in connivance with the enemy. It practices with Versailles, as the ruling class of Russia had done with France, England, Japan, and America. It transfers its capital to the foreigner. By the constitution of trusts and by international indebtedness, it delivers Germany to its hostile neighbors. The politics of the execution of treaties is an eternal renunciation of itself. Morally, it can longer justify itself.
But there is no one who, by love for Germany, can put an end to it. Only the class struggle, whose true motive force is the breath of passion for the freedom of Germany, can achieve that. The idea of class struggle in itself does not authorize that in the German worker. He is conscious that this idea does not have enough breath for such a historic mission.
Thus, the national task remains unaccomplished.
Thus the German bourgeoisie can still easily put in place and the perfect the system of reassurance close to the Versailles regime.
Thus, Germany sinks further and further into French domination.
The link, ultimately natural, between the proletarian struggle and the national passion was not created. That is why the situation in Germany is desperate.
The will to class struggle, that looks after the purity and authenticity of its intentions, cannot even liberate the class from which it arose.
Only the will to class struggle, such that it is a political organ and the national receptacle of the will to life, liberates peoples.