NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
24th September, 1900 : The fifth congress of the Socialist International is meeting in Paris with delegates from 21 countries. They have decided to create an international socialist bureau whose task will be to organise against militarism and war. Other topics on the agenda are workers’ rights and colonialism. A sharp row broke out over the issue of alliance with bourgeois parties to take power. Karl Kautsky, a colleague of the writer Friedrich Engels, settled the row with his suggestion that each socialist party should act by itself.