A Surprising Quote from Lenin

“The workers must sweep away all phrases, promises, declamations, projects centrally conceived by bureaucrats, who forever are ready to spend time at composing the most seemingly effective plans, suggestions, constructions, standardizations. Tis all a lie! Down with all that noise of bureaucratic and bourgeois project-making, which has cracked and crumpled down universally. Down with the dilatory procedure of perpetually postponing urgent affairs! The workers must demand the immediate realization of the principle of control de facto, and what is more important, control by the workers themselves. This is most important to the success of the cause, the cause of saving the revolution from a catastrophe. Without this, all else is deception. “(The Unavoidable Catastrophe and the Limitless Promises).

It goes without saying that this was written before Lenin seized power and immediately began shutting down institutions of workers’ control and power. Once the scepter was in his hands, workers who made such demands got thrown into one of Lenin’s new concentration camps–or worse.

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