V.I. Lenin on Bourgeois Democracy

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“This is tantamount to trampling on the basic truths of Marxism which has taught the workers: you must take advantage of bourgeois democracy which, compared with feudalism, represents a great historical advance, but not for one minute must you forget the bourgeois character of this ‘democracy’, it’s historical conditional and limited character. Never share the ‘superstitious belief’ in the ‘state’ and never forget that the state even in the most democratic republic, and not only in a monarchy, is simply a machine for the suppression of one class by another.”

– V.I. Lenin, “’Democracy’ and Dictatorship”

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