Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently.
That is Lenin. Look at the self-willed, stubborn head. A real Russian peasantís head with a few faintly Asiatic lines. That man will try to overturn mountains. Perhaps he will be crushed by them. But he will never yield.
Without general elections, without unrestricted freedom of press and assembly, without a free struggle of opinion, life dies out in every public institution, becomes a mere semblance of life, in which only the bureaucracy remains as the active element. Public life gradually falls asleep, a few dozen party leaders of inexhaustible energy and boundless experience direct and rule. . . . Such conditions must inevitably cause a brutalization of public life: attempted assassinations, shootings of hostages, etc.
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