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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Lenin on America part 15: from a speech to Presnya district workers

From a speech in March of 1918(Lenin’s appearance was greeted with a prolonged standing ovation. The “Internationale” was sung.) In his speech Lenin, in a clear and popular form, explained the essential features and basic points of the Soviet Constitution.

The Soviets were the highest form of democratic government by the people. The Soviets were not something invented out of one’s head, they were the product of living reality. They appeared and developed for the first time in history in our backward country, but objectively they should become the form of government by the working people all over the world.

All constitutions that had existed till now safeguarded the interests of the ruling classes. The Soviet Constitution was the only one that served and would constantly serve the working people and was a powerful weapon in the fight for socialism. Comrade Lenin very aptly pointed out the differences between the demands for “freedom of the press and assembly” in bourgeois constitutions and in the Soviet Constitution. There, freedom of the press and assembly was an exclusive monopoly of the bourgeoisie there the bourgeoisie met in their saloons, issued their big dailies financed by the banks with the aim of sowing lies and slander and poisoning the minds of the masses; there the workers’ press was strangled, not allowed to say what it thought about the predatory war; there, those opposed to the war were hounded and their meetings banned.

Here in Soviet Russia, however, the workers’ press existed and served the working people. In Russia we were taking the sumptuous houses and palaces away from the bourgeoisie and turning them over to the workers to be used by them as clubs, and that was freedom of assembly in practice. Religion was a private concern. Everyone could believe in what he wants or believe in nothing. The Soviet Republic united the working people of all nations and defended the interests o the working people without national discrimination.

The Soviet Republic knew no religious distinctions. It stood above all religion and strove to separate religion from the Soviet state. Lenin went on to describe the Soviet Republic’s difficult position, surrounded as it was on all sides by imperialist predators. Comrade Lenin expressed his confidence that the Red Army men would defend our Soviet Republic with all their might against all encroachments by international imperialism and would keep it safe until our ally-the international proletariat-came to our aid. (Comrade Lenin’s speech was greeted with prolonged and tumultuous applause. The “Internationale” was sung.)

COMMENTARY: While unfortunately the rights of the poor to free speech and freedom of press and assembly had been undermined in the past including in the United states, Lenin's as well as constitutions of other socialists were also enforced selectivley. His speech comes off as a double standard. Eventually in Russia, the constitution with its guarentees of freedom of speech press ETC became meaningless. The same is already manifesting itself in America. Presses run by college republicans in left wing dominated universities are under attack from vandalism, protests and counter protests by conservatives and libertarians come under attack by leftists sometimes even with help from the police. Eventually if not checked, our own bill of rights will be lost.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

All constitutions that had existed till now safeguarded the interests of the ruling classes. The Soviet Constitution was the only one that served and would constantly serve the working people and was a powerful weapon in the fight for socialism. Comrade Lenin very aptly pointed out the differences between the demands for “freedom of the press and assembly” in bourgeois constitutions and in the Soviet Constitution. There, freedom of the press and assembly was an exclusive monopoly of the bourgeoisie there the bourgeoisie met in their saloons, issued their big dailies financed by the banks with the aim of sowing lies and slander and poisoning the minds of the masses; there the workers’ press was strangled, not allowed to say what it thought about the predatory war; there, those opposed to the war were hounded and their meetings banned.

So freedom of the press and free speech is bourgeoise? And what about leftist attacks against presses and meetings here in this country?



Here in Soviet Russia, however, the workers’ press existed and served the working people.

You mean served the party rulers right?


In Russia we were taking the sumptuous houses and palaces away from the bourgeoisie and turning them over to the workers to be used by them as clubs, and that was freedom of assembly in practice.


WTF? Taking other people's property is freedom of assembly? This guy must have been hitting the bong pipe too much!

Religion was a private concern. Everyone could believe in what he wants or believe in nothing.

Just make sure your religious beliefs are approved by the state first.



The Soviet Republic united the working people of all nations and defended the interests o the working people without national discrimination.


YEAAHHHHHH RIGHT!!

The Soviet Republic knew no religious distinctions. It stood above all religion and strove to separate religion from the Soviet state.

Every religion but Atheism...


Lenin went on to describe the Soviet Republic’s difficult position, surrounded as it was on all sides by imperialist predators.

Pot calling the kettle black


Sounds too good to be true and it was.

Thanks for posting this BTW.