Sunday, August 20, 2006
Saying you want a revolution
Lenin was once said to have remarked, in a rare flash of humour, that the German Social Democrats would never launch a successful revolution in Germany because when they came to storm the railway stations they would line up in an orderly queue to buy platform tickets first.
- p. 15, Richard J. Evans, The Coming of the Third Reich
I'd not heard that before, though what I had heard was a similar remark attributed, I think, to Karl Marx to the effect that there would never be a revolution in Germany because people would always keep off the grass. I wonder which - if not both, or neither - is true?