Why Was Marx Called The Revolutionary Dictator Of The Proletariat?

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According to Ollman, Marx believed that “capitalism was a volatile economic system that would suffer a series of ever-worsening crises—recessions and depressions—that will produce greater unemployment, lower wages, and increasing misery among the industrial proletariat. These crises Ollman state will convince the proletariat that its interests as a class are implacably opposed to those of the ruling bourgeoisie. Consequently armed with revolutionary class consciousness, the proletariat will seize the major means of production along with the institutions of state power—police, courts, prisons—and establish a socialist state that Marx called “the revolutionary dictatorship of the proletariat.” The proletariat will thus rule in its own class …show more content…
In addition he made promises of reforms to revoke Stalin rigid policies. However the speech became public to the Eastern Bloc states and led to a series of protest as a result. In Poland the secret speech spread rapidly and protest broke out in 1956. The riots led to the Red Army being called on by the Soviets to suppress the revolts and as a result over 60 people were killed. Nevertheless Soviet had to make certain amendment in order to appease the public and made kumacto as the new Communist leader who agreed to initiate reforms to an extent. This suppression by the Red Army further branded Communism, as an oppressive regime as the people had no form of autonomy and lack basic civil and political rights. This notion was catapulted with the protest and riots in …show more content…
The Soviet respond was to change the leadership in government as they did in Poland to comprise the people. Thus a new reformist communist government was selected by the Soviet under the leadership of Nagy. However, Nagy began to implement reforms that went against the Communist and Soviet ideologies, Nagy began to release Political prisoners on a wide scale and even dissolve the secret police and put in place plans to establish a multi party. He further declared Hungary a neutral state and was no longer a part of the Soviet Bloc. The Soviet Union was alarmed at these rapid changes and responded by sending the Red Army to quell the reformist movement. Hungary responded in return and many lives were loss. According to Appelbaum on November 4th, Soviet tanks went into Budapest to restore order and they acted with immense brutality even killing wounded people. Tanks dragged bodies through the streets of Budapest as a warning to others who were still protesting. Hundreds of tanks went into Budapest and probably 30,000 people were killed. To flee the expected Soviet reprisals, over 200,000 fled to the West leaving all they possessed in Hungary. Nagy was tried and executed and buried in an unmarked grave. This brutal suppression was detrimental in the Soviet being seen as an oppressive and authoritarian government which extended to their policies and ideologies. The impact of this

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