The peculiar place occupied by Mehring in German social democracy depends largely on the fact that the revolutionary traditions were much more alive than most of the other leaders for him. However, he did not personally experienced in 1848. But the crucial time to his youth flowed in a circle of people who, to a certain extent still preserved the revolutionary tradition of 1848 - in the range of Guido Weiss, Franz Ziegler, Jacobi. From this circle Mehring ordered for life healthy, unbending hatred that Germany, which has found its mongrel, undemocratic and incomplete unity through the 'revolution from above' by bismarkianskoy policy of 'blood and iron', but did not win his own, such as France and England, victorious bourgeois revolution. Let Mehring often formulated his point of view is incomplete or incorrect, at least against the Germany of his day, he always acted as an enemy rather than as a parliamentary opponent. For him, "August 4, 1914 'was impossible, while many so-called leaders of the left wing (Coons, Lunch), his whole theoretical setting were predisposed to ensure that sooner or later, to make peace with the imperialist Germany.