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  • Writer's pictureMichael Laxer

Daily LIFT #856

"Everything for the good of humanity, for the sake of humanity.", Soviet poster 1977 -- Daily LIFT #856

What is Soviet power?

What is the essence of this new power, which people in most countries still will not, or cannot, understand? The nature of this power, which is attracting larger and larger numbers of workers in every country, is the following: In the past the country was, in one way or another, governed by the rich, or by the capitalists, but now, for the first time, the country is being governed by the classes, and moreover, by the masses of those classes, which capitalism formerly oppressed. Even in the most democratic and freest republics as long as capital rules and the land remains private property, the government will always be in the hands of a small minority, nine - tenths of which consist of capitalists, or rich men.

In this country, in Russia, for the first time in world history, the government of the country is so organized that only the workers and the working peasants, to the exclusion of the exploiters, constitute those mass organizations known as Soviets, and these Soviets wield all state power. That is why, in spite of the slander that the representatives of the bourgeoisie in all countries spread about Russia, the word "Soviet” has now become not only intelligible but popular all over the world, has become the favorite word of the workers and of all working people. ..

We know very well that there are still many defects in the organization of Soviet power in this

country. Soviet power is not a miracle- working talisman. It does not, overnight, heal all the evils of the past-illiteracy, lack of culture, the consequences of a barbarous war, the aftermath of predatory capitalism. But it does pave the way to socialism. It gives those who were formerly oppressed the chance to straighten their backs and to an ever increasing degree to take the whole government of the country, the whole administration of the economy, the whole management of production, into their own hands. -- Lenin


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