The words Democratic Socialist do not belong in the same sentence, they are totally at odds with each other. Most people believe that the Russian Revolution of 1917 began as a Communist/Socialist movement, it didn’t. Lenin was in exile in Switzerland at the beginnings of the upheaval and only later appeared (under the covert workings of the German Government) in Petrograd to hijack the Democratic attempts at government.
The original revolt began in Petrograd during February 24 (March 8) involving food riots, forcing the Czar (Nicolas II) to abdicate the throne March 2 (March 15). In this void the Duma (the peoples congress) formed a provisional government, more or less on a democratic format, contested by a rival political group the Petrograd Soviet of Workers and Soldiers Deputies. The Provisional Government reorganized 4 times between March – October, on June 3 / June 16 convening the First All-Russian Congress (July Kerensky had been appointed the head) until the Bolsheviks under Lenin in a bloodless coup (October 24-25 / November 6-7) took control of all the government office building in Petrograd, effectively becoming the ruling government. Convening the Second All-Russian Congress of Soviets (November 7 thru 9), confirming the enablement of the communist. Kerensky then fled the country, the demise of democracy resulted in a Civil war which for years brought death and destruction on its people.
Socialism under the proletariat stifled freedoms, destroyed industrial grow, produced years of starvation with millions dead, and isolated the state from the rest of the world. Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (Lenin) became the supreme leader of the Soviet Union, as it became to be known. It had one philosophy, enslavement of the people to the state.
Cuba, Venezuela embrace the same ideas, and its doesn’t work, if it did then why would their own people seek to flee those countries. Cuba was an armed revolution in the Russian sense, while Venezuela was a cry for reform in a electoral tradition. But the results of both was the destruction of all democratic freedoms, bankruptcy of the country, and depriving the people of the necessary basics of life. Utopia is; as promoted by the socialist is unattainable, all the free services they promote have to be financed by some one, if you work entirely for the state, by the state, were are the benefits to life, just another worker bee.
The following are few quotes attributed to Lenin:
No amount of political freedom will satisfy the hungry masses.
The goal of socialism is communism.
It is necessary to be able to withstand all this, to agree to any and every sacrifice, and even if need be to resort to all sorts of stratagems, maneuvers and illegal methods, to evasion and subterfuges in order to penetrate the trade unions, to remain in them, and to carry on Communist work in them at all costs
Literature must become party literature. Down with unpartisan litterateurs! Down with the superman of literature! Literature must become a part of the general cause of the proletariat
Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever
The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency
His successor (Stalin) followed through with the communist ideology with brutal effect, once started down that road, it takes long years of suffering to overcome, Russia it lasted 70 years, Cuba continues after over 50 years, Venezuela just the beginning.
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CONTRIBUTOR: Eddy Toorall