The proletariat can take power only through its vanguard. Liberals, including the Webbs, have always maintained that the Bolshevik dictatorship represented only a new edition of Tsarism.
ZinovievKamenevand Trotsky And he was a principal figure in the early years of the Communist International — the October Revolution would transform the course of 20th century history, and Trotsky, along with Lenin, played a prominent role in that transformation.
But whereas the agitation of the Mensheviks and Social Revolutionaries was scattered, self-contradictory and oftenest of all evasive, the agitation of the Bolsheviks was distinguished by its concentrated and well thought-out character.
None of those who propose to renounce Bolshevism as an historically bankrupt tendency has indicated any other course. It is no accident that the subject of the Fourth International does not leave the columns of the world press.
It has p roved by experience that the alliance between the proletariat and the oppressed masses of the rural and urban petit bourgeoisie is possible only through the political overthrow of the traditional petit-bourgeois parties.
The critical state that the Soviet Union was passing through in that moment meant that Lenin and Trotsky were forced to deal with the rebels very quickly.
He was taken to the hospital, but died a day later, at the age of Having associated themselves with the July raids upon workers and peasants, the Mensheviks and Social Revolutionaries would of course continue to furnish a screen for acts of violence against the Bolsheviks.