Engels in Neue Rheinische Zeitung September 1848

Editorial Note Accompanying the article “The Financial Project of the Left” [272]

Source: MECW Volume 7, p. 416;
Written: by Engels on September 8, 1848;
First published: in the Neue Rheinische Zeitung No. 98, September 9, 1848.

We find it hard to understand that deputies on the Left submit financial plans for the procurement of the necessary funds to a Ministry that they intend to overthrow. The principal and in Herr Hansemann’s case perhaps the only means of overthrowing a Ministry is precisely the refusal of funds. If at least some reforms had been included in the financial plan — but no, its aim is to spare the Government the hated measure of a compulsory loan. But what could be better for the opposition than the Ministry making itself hated?