Salient: Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Vol. 32, No. 7. 1969.
Revolution — Festival Of The Oppressed — Lenin
Festival Of The Oppressed
Born April 22, 1870.
"Lenin's outward appearance was distinguished by simplicity and strength. He was below the middle height, with the plebian features of the Slavonic type of face, brightened by piercing eyes; and his powerful forehead and still more powerful head gave him a marked distinction. He was tireless in work to an unparalleled degree. He put the same exemplary conscientiousness into reading lectures in a small workmen's club in Zurich and in organising the first Socialist State in the world. He appreciated and loved to the full science, art and culture, but he never forgot that as yet these things are the property of a small minority. His way of life in the Kremlin was little different from his life as an emigre abroad. The simplicity of his daily habits was due to the fact that intellectual work and intense struggle not only absorbed his interests and passions but also gave him intense satisfaction. His thoughts never ceased to labour at the task of freeing the workers."
The hangers-on and spongers on the bourgeoisie described Socialism as a uniform, routine, monotonous and drab barracked system. The lackeys of the moneybags, the lickspirters of the exploiters – messieurs the bourgeois intellocluals—used Socialism as a bogey to "frighten" the people, who, precisely under capitalism, were deemed to penal servitude and the barracks, to arduous, monotonous toil, to a life of dire poverty and semi-starvation.
The strength of the workers and their salvation lie in organising. Everybody knows that. Today what we need is a special kind of organisation of the workers, the organisation of the iron rule of the workers in order to vanquish the bourgeoisie. Comrades, Workers, the cause of the revolution, the salvation of the revolution, is in your hands!