“The shameless applause, the sham sympathy, or the idiotic indifference with which the higher classes of Europe received the annexation of the Caucasian Mountain regions by Russia and the assassination of heroic Poland; the monstrous, unresisted encroachments of this barbarous power, whose capital is St. Petersburg and whose influence exists in every cabinet of Europe, has taught the working class that their duty lies in mastering the secrets of international politics, in keeping a watch upon the activities of their governments and when necessary with all the power at their command counteracting such activities.” [Karl Marx, Why Revolution? Being the Inaugural Address of the International Workingsmen’s Association (1864), 1919]