Lenin (Google eBook)

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E. P. Dutton, 1922 - 241 pages
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Page 101 - ... all issues and concentrates all differences on points of the most immediate importance in determining the conduct of the masses, and makes it necessary in the heat of the fight to distinguish enemies from friends and to cast out bad allies, so as to be able to deal decisive blows at the enemy.
Page 35 - ... the widest, freest and speediest development of capitalism. Therefore, the bourgeois revolution is in the highest degree advantageous to the proletariat. The bourgeois revolution is absolutely necessary in the interests of the proletariat. The more complete, determined and consistent the bourgeois revolution is, the more secure will the proletarian struggle against the bourgeoisie and for socialism become. Such a conclusion may appear new, or strange, or even paradoxical only to those who are...
Page 41 - Bolsheviks ... or whatever we may call them — wish by their slogans to inspire the revolutionary and republican petty bourgeoisie, and especially the peasantry, to rise to the level of the consistent democratism of the proletariat.
Page 142 - ... bourgeoisie, who have long since become reactionary, demand from the proletariat advance guarantees of "freedom of assembly'' for the exploiters, whatever the resistance offered by the capitalists to being expropriated, the workers will only laugh at their hypocrisy. The workers know perfectly well, too, that even in the most democratic bourgeois republic "freedom of assembly...
Page 36 - ... condition— make the immediate, complete emancipation of the working class impossible. Only the most ignorant people can ignore the bourgeois character of the present democratic revolution. Only the most naive optimists can forget how little as yet the masses of the workers are informed of the aims of socialism and of the methods of achieving it. And we are all convinced that the emancipation of the workers can only be brought about by the workers themselves; a socialist revolution is out of...
Page 105 - State power, and necessarily also prophets of political and social discipline and champions of order established from the top downwards, always in the name of universal suffrage and the sovereignty of the masses, for whom they save the honour and privilege of obeying leaders, elected masters.
Page 34 - Every citizen, irrespective of race, colour, nationality, social position, property status, social origin, language, religion or sex, shall be guaranteed by the State an opportunity to take part in the government of the State, to elect and be elected to all organs of authority on the basis of universal, equal and direct suffrage with secret ballot, and to occupy any State or public office. Property, educational or other qualifications restricting the participation of citizens in voting at elections...
Page 134 - ... unearned income such as interest on capital, income from enterprises, revenue from property, and the like, (c) Private traders and middlemen engaged in trade or commerce, (d) Ministers of any religious denomination or sect who practice this calling as a profession, and monks, (e) Employees and agents of the former police force, of the Special Corps of Gendarmes, and of the Tsarist Secret Service, members of the former reigning dynasty of Russia and persons who directed the activities of the police,...
Page 67 - The Third International is confronted with the task of organizing the forces of the proletariat for a revolutionary onslaught on the capitalist governments, for civil war against the bourgeoisie of all countries, for political power, for the victory of Socialism.
Page 144 - The workers know perfectly well, too, that even in the most democratic bourgeois republic "freedom of assembly" is a hollow phrase, for the rich have the best public and private buildings at their disposal, and enough leisure to assemble at meetings, which are protected by the bourgeois machine of power. The rural and urban workers and the small peasants — the overwhelming majority of the population — are denied all these things. As long as that state of affairs prevails, "equality", ie, "pure...

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