The USPD responds to SPD ministers (1918)

In early October 1918, Prince Max von Baden was appointed chancellor of Germany. Baden’s cabinet contained two Social Democratic Party (SDP) members, Philipp Scheidemann and Gustav Bauer. The radical Independent Social Democratic Party (USPD) responded by attacking the SPD, accusing it of becoming obedient “government socialists”:

To the workers of Germany!

The militarist system has received a blow from which it will never recover… 

The policy of the Socialist Party [SPD] of the Scheidemanns and Eberts, the Davids and Lensches, has collapsed, just like that of the ruling classes…

At a time when bourgeois society is creating in every joint, several Social Democrats, including Scheidemann and Bauer, have been appointed ministers. The Social Democrats have thus been officially stamped as ‘Government Socialists’.

The Socialist Party has been called into the government after the collapse of imperialism to support bourgeois society. It has undertaken the task of organising national defence and of protecting the bourgeois order…

The program advanced by the Socialist Party [SPD] as a condition of its entry into government was so modest that even in the view of various bourgeois newspapers, it did not go far enough.”