Eisner continues to have faith in the unity and solidarity of the proletariat,
even though each side of the divided social democratic movement holds a different stance on the issue of peace.
Erhard Auer’s Majority Social Democratic Party (MSPD) wants to avoid a revolution at all costs, hoping to win concessions from the government in order to build a parliamentary monarchy peacefully. He attends a peace rally as his party’s main speaker, and then leads a walkout of its members.
Throughout the period since Kurt Eisner was released from custody in October 1918, his Independent Social Democratic Party of Germany (USPD) has been working towards starting a revolution and establishing a free people’s state. This is why his party calls for this peace rally.
Auer’s actions are an election campaign ploy to preserve existing state structures. He has stood against Eisner, his political opponent, with the backing of the royal ministerial bureaucracy.
Eisner uses the election campaign as a platform to gather support for the revolution. He has already prepared the ground and enlisted his allies. However, by the afternoon of 7 November 1918, he still has no way of knowing for sure whether his plan will succeed.