This pamphlet was written with an eye to the tsarist censorship. Hence, I was not only forced to confine myself strictly to ab exclusively theoretical, mainly economic analysis of facts, but to formulate the few necessary observations on politics with extreme caution, by hints, in that AEsopian language …
It is very painful, in these days of liberty, to read these cramped passages of the pamphlet, crushed, as they seem, in an iron vice, distorted on account of the censor. Of how imperialism is the eve of the socialist revolution; of how social chauvinism is the utter betrayal of socialism….
By V. I. Lenin