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privilege of bourgeois compensation for their work. We stand for the broadest election, for replacement of any and all the clerks at any time, and for a proletarian wage for work performed." (Our Views, Vol. 1, Part 1, p. 92).

In line with this same policy, Lenin had overfilled the Republic of the Soviets with democratic liberties to the limit. These liberties, it must be stated, constitute in essence the very aspiration of the downtrodden masses. Lenin told the masses what they had known all along from their own experience,--- what they felt but were unable to express. But long ago all this was expressed and formulated by the Anarchists. Lenin had merely borrowed these formulations from the anarchists despite the fact that a short time previous he so irreconcilably fought against the principles upon which they were based. He had merely used anarchism for his ultimate purposes.

"The introduction of 'appointed' bureaucracy must not be tolerated. Only 'bodies created by the people themselves' should be recognized." To this the workers and peasants replied: "Verily, t'is the holy truth!"

"The idea of the need for leadership by a bureaucracy 'appointed' from above is in its essence a fallacious one. It is non-democratic, Cesaristic, a Blankist Adventure." (Vol. 14, Part 1, p. 129). The masses overwhelmed with enthusiasm shouted: "'Tis the holy truth, Ilyitch! Hail, the Bolsheviks! Hail, the Republic of the Soviets!"

"In a free land," said Lenin, "only those govern the people who are elected by the people themselves for this purpose. That about by means of open party contests and free agreement among them." (Lessons of the Revolution, Vol. 14, part 2, p. 33). And the masses shouted "Bravo", returned to their abodes with the slogan, "Hail Free Russia!"

"By establishing the institutions of democracy and freedom which were maimed and crippled by Kerensky, the Bolsheviks will form a government which NONE will be able to overthrow." (The Bolsheviks Must Secure the Power, Vol. 14, Part 2, p.134). And the masses shouted, "Down with the social traitor, the lackey of the bourgeoisie, Kerensky! Hail, the Bolsheviks! Hail the Republic of Soviets!"

"The freedom of the press," said Lenin to the workers and the peasants, "means this: all the opinions of all the citizens may be freely proclaimed. The power of the state in the form of the soviets take possession of ALL the printing establishments, ALL the paper, and distributes them EQUITABLY,---in the first place, to the state: in the second place to the big parties of significance; in the third place to smaller parties; then comes any group of citizens which has attained a definite number of members and has gathered sufficient signatures... This would constitute

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