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Our hope is that the dictatorship of the proletariat and the peasantry will maintain itself long enough to abolish itself when it has fulfilled its function and reached its goal. For whereas during the two opening periods of the revolution the path of the governments led from the fine ideal of democracy to the harsh and cruel reality of dictatorship, the path of the soviet dominion will lead from the harsh and cruel reality of dictatorship to the beautiful and realized dream of democracy.

This was the hope and expectation of many left-wing supporters of the Russian Revolution throughout the world. The dream was never realized until Communist Russia collapsed in the latter years of the 20th century.

Clara Zetkin, 1857-1933, German International Secretary, Tailors and Seamstresses Union, National Executive member of the German Social Democratic Party, Secretary of the International Bureau of Socialist Women, Through Dictatorship to Democracy, 1919

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Clara Zetkin
Clara Zetkin
  • Born: July 5, 1857
  • Died: June 20, 1933
  • Nationality: German
  • Profession: Politician, Peace Activist, Women's Rights Activist

Clara Zetkin was a German Marxist theorist, activist, and advocate for women's rights.

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