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SATURDAY, NOV. 0, 1920.
By H. D. Wendell.
Three years ago the workers, soldiers and
sailors of Petrograd struck the blow that deliver
ed them from bondage. Out of the factories came
the workers, joining with the sailors from Kron
stadt and the soldiers from the Garrison of Pet
rograd t answer the call of the Bolsheviks for
the armed revolt against the Kerensky regime.
Into this' battle they moved in a new spirit, sing
ing hymns of the revolution and under the impact
of their mighty assaults the decaying structure
of capitalism tottered and fell to the ground. Ke
rensky fled. The workers' revolution was victor
But this was not all; the fall of Kerensky
meant but the beginning of the struggle. Capital
ism was overthrown, but there still remained the
capitalists, plotting and scheming to get back into
power. The workers knew that until their resist
ance was completely broken the revolution was
not safe. They knew also, as they still know, that
as long as other capitalist governments stand In
the world, the soviet government is in danger. So,
for the purpose of suppressing with merciless
force the counter-revolution at home and defend
ing themselves against the Allied bandits, they
established the working class dictatorship.
The Workers Dictatorship.
A dictatorship, says Bukharin, is a power
strong as iron. Its function is to defend the rule
of the proletariat against all cornel's. This is the
way it has operated in Russia. The workers are
now in the saddle and they rule with an iron
hand. The old order is reversed. The former
tyrants are humbled in the dust, while the work
ers rule and dictate A fulfillment of the poet's
prophecy, "The master shall drop the whip, and
the slave shall enslave the master"!
The war was still on. The German regiments
moved steadily forward, pushing back the de
moralized army of Russia. Peace had to be made,
a peace that cost the workers of Russia dearly.
But the revolution needed a breathing spell and it
was Germany that paid the heaviest penalty in tin1
Blockade And Counter revolution.
Then came the blockade, enforced by the
Allies to beat down the republic of the working
class. Russia began to starve. The blockade with
out was supplemented by sabotage within. The
railroads, demoralized by long years of insanse .
war, were still further crippled by the murderous
crews of capitalist counter-revolutionists within
Soviet Russia, who, under the protection and with
the aid of Foreign Legations, organized their
dastardly expeditions to wreck trains, blow up
bridges and shoot engineers all for the purpose
of breaking down the Soviet machinery to the
end that Czarism might be reestablished..
Then came the invading armies of Allied Cap
italism. England, France, America all the noble
champions of "democracy" joined in the unholy
conspiracy against the Workers' Government. Did
a single general of the Czar's regime declare
against the Soviets, the war materials of the cap
italist world were at his disposal. Did one weak
'ness show itself along the immense border of
Russia, there was massed at this point the soldiers
of the Powers, even to the frozen North. Declara
tions of war were not made, it is true, but never
have belligerents better understood that it was,
and is, war to the finish.
In the face of all this, the Russian masses
stood undaunted. Th rough untold privation and
sacrifice they beat off their murderous assailants.
Kolchak, Denikin', Yudenich one after another
they saw their mercenary hordes fade and dis
apear before the shot and shell and propaganda
of the Red Army. Now it is Poland and Wrangel
who are leing unleashed hke vicious dogs against
Soviet Russia. But humiliating failure awaits them
too, because Soviet Russia is invincible, aided and
supported as it is by the revolutionary workers in
The World Wide Revolution.
Like one solid wall of men the Russian masses
have stood undaunted for three historic years;
and so they will stand until the enslaved workers
of all the world, delaring war on their own oppres
sors and exploiters, rise up and overthrow them.
The heroic workers of Russia are the vanguard ;