Passing moods of the workers' democracy

Leon Trotsky

Leon Trotsky

“[They have] placed the workers’ right to elect representatives above the party. As if the party were not entitled to assert its dictatorship even if that dictatorship temporarily clashed with the passing moods of the workers democracy.”

– Leon Trotsky, 10th Party Congress, 1921, explaining that the Bolshevik Party had a right to impose a dictatorship on the working class in the name of the working class even when the working class appeared not to think it was in their own best interests.

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