Vladimir Ilyich LeninVladimir Ilyich Lenin, [Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov] (1870-1924) First Leader of the Soviet Union

Infamous Vladimir Ilyich Lenin Quote

β€œThe way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.”

Vladimir Ilyich LeninVladimir Ilyich Lenin
~ Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Attributed, no source found among Lenin's writings

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Wilton S., San Francisco, CA

And that is EXACTLY what the Fed/IMF is doing with the baby boomer middle class -- oh, what a score! God Bless Amerika.

John-Douglas, Nassau

Hey! Don't forget the IRS and the Federal Government! They deserve some of the credit. And gullible, misinformed, self-interested American citizens deserve the rest of the credit for allowing the Leninization of the USA to happen!

Joel Mullally, Jupiter, FL
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Joel Mullally, Jupiter, FL John-Douglas, Nassau 3/4/24

Misplaced trust. It's like the people Stalin sent to the Gulags. They all knew they were innocent and trusted their government to straighten out the mistake.  And ten years later they got out with a ruined life ahead of them. If it's happened some place, it can happen any place.  And Communists are nothing if not completely ruthless.

helorat, Milton

Life under Jimmy Carter! And what life under Clinton would have been like without the republican house, and the productivity increase cause by the PC and the internet. Democrats never met a tax they did not like and can't see a tax increase even as they shove it down your throat. And our population has been dumbed down by our socialist public schools they are too ignorant to recognize it and too dependant to want to change it. What the hell does the fed and IMF have to do with our taxes? And inflation is practically non-existent now, like unemployment. If you live in SF, there is your tax and inflation problem, talk about a communist dreamland.

Michael, Houston

Ditto helorat, Milton. Of course, Lennin was speaking of the upper class rather than the middle class. BTW: do you believe this man? Or was he only slyly consolidating his own power? Funny how our liberal brethren want to speak of the fantastic economy under WJC...not so without the Republican Congress dragging him kicking and screaming into a ballanced budget . Funny, they don't have too much to say on this quote. Guess its either early yet, or they are distressed their strategy has been outed. In all government programs, no matter how "compassionate" they sound, we simply must ask "At who's expense?" and then be prepared for the "Hater! Hater!, etc." condemnations. Better that than "pacifist" any day.

Mike, Norwalk

Welcome to Amerika, God bless the individual sovereigns and their personal republic representatives.

Joe, Rochester, MI

The United States was built on capitalism. There is nothing wrong with capitalism. There is no law requiring the rich to give away any of their wealth to the poor. Crushing those who produce makes the country poor. The rich pay a larger percent of their income than the poor do. The government thru the IRS is Robin Hood, robbing the rich to give to the poor. Theft is still criminal and wrong, as is socialism and communism.

Anonymous, Reston, VA US

King George W has a new plan: crush them by taking from the poor and giving to the rich, while spending money we don't have by borrowing from other countries who we then label as "the enemy"... such a plan...

E Archer, NYC

Focus your attention on the Fed -- they are the ones using this 'plank' of totalitarianism.

Damien Viktor, IllspokenAmerika

Communism is only seen as a bad thing if the person who believes it is bad is not fully confident in their manner of governing themselves. The weak pull the Communistic system down, thus the weak should be eliminated, deported, (or if given the chance would leave due to the disrespect of the all powerful system that takes a self righteous leader and puts this leader on a pedistool). Communism is Anarchy in an intelligent state. Revolution for this new system must be taken.

anon, usa
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    anon, usa    3/27/11

    however you never get to it in socialist dictatorship. at the end of the proletariat when the transition is supposed to happen they always announce the heir. socialism/communism is a giant ponzi scheme. i mean considering how the government epically failed with katrina, with the middle eastern wars, with the economy, with managing the infrastructure, the southern border etc... and they want it to manage every single business and industry. consider health care did you know that capitalism is responsible for %95. a further example in the us there is or was a new york pilot program that was essentially organ wagons. as opposed to research into regenerative medicines in capitalism.

    anon, usa
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      anon, usa    3/27/11

      of course to take something out via inflation... you will also take out everything beneath them. leaving only the plebian slaves and the new bourgeoisie. the new king (glorious ruler) the feudal lords(the regional governers), and you(the slaves). in socialist dictatorship all of your produce is taken. all you will get is some bread and maybe a couple of mystery cans. you will be assigned a job and you will never be promoted. no matter how good or badly you do. i'm not familiar with any socialist country who is reknowned for quality. on the complaint of wage slavery i say hah, when you can find someone else to work for, when you can become an investor, when you can become an entrepreneur, when you can become a farmer if you hate and despise money only needing enough for your land, home equipment, intial seeds, and property taxes.

      anon, usa
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        anon, usa    3/27/11

        and isn't it funny that all of these supposed utopias always institute some kind of wall around themselves. not to mention a utopia is impossible consider enviromentalists. in that small and related group you have extremists who want to take us back to the stone age, then you have extremists who want to eradicate us all. these positions are completely impossible to establish at the same time and yet in a utopia you'd have to. it is unfortunate but it is the way it is.

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          Abby    11/18/11

          It takes a long time to do the necessary administrative steps that have to be taken to put the legislation together to control the people. Congressman John Dingall (MI) March 23, 2010 on News Talk WJR Radio with Paul Smith

          Byron, Fort Collins

          Ron Paul in 2012!!! He's the only candidate universally ignored by the mainstream media. To me, that's a good sign.

          Winsmith, Everywhere USA

          Ron Paul is truly qualified to be president. He is a Freemason and a liar! He keeps speaking of government "spending money" they cannot get money from us when all that we have in banks is numbers and they have no need for money when all of us are risking our lives for more numbers. No one will accept my offer of 100 pounds of money for just describing the money that our Masonic misleaders spend.

          anon, usa
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            anon, usa    4/17/13

            this is a false quote

            J Carlton, Calgary

            Winsmith...your "say so" doesn't cut it...what is Paul lying about?

            us patriot war monger, any town in the uh

            We need all the middle class gun owning, tea party folks, constitutionalist, veterans, Christians,to report to the chipper shreader at your local convention centers please! Now scum! We need your retirement too!! Come on America you voted for this shit! Now you have yourselves a real fn problem! They will just kill the smart ones for all you idiots that voted for tyranny good luck! :-)

            Patrick Henry, Red Hill

            More of Lenin's rooted in resentment boilerplate.

            Absolutist ideologies, animated, as they are, by animus, are inherently psychopathological in character.

            jim k, Austin

            I always laugh when someone says that the rich got that way by stealing from the poor. Think it through, waffler.

            Ronw13, USA

            Taxation and Inflationary tactics of Keynesian economics.
            Lenin, a brilliant mind, no doubt. There is But One Answer, to Check the Greed of the Capitalistic Ruling class. This our Founding Fathers Attempted to instill within the conscience, or if anything bring to light, Divine Natural Order, or Government of Nature. " Unadulterated Economics, Laissez-Faire, financial system of Natural Liberty. This brought about by the removal of Oppression. Ancient Chophshiy Liberty, ( freedom from bondage and tax, at you pleasure.) And in order to verify the position, enact Eleutheria Liberty, a legal sale, of the individual to God. Documented and placed within the temple of said God.
            The highest degree of Apeleutheros Liberty, access to the presents of God, without religious denominationalism. One access for All at natural law. One must be freed physically to free spiritually. Lenin on the other hand, secular, pro-proletariat, does not embrace " the possibility of true freedom, because of the nature of greed in mankind." Petit Bourgeoisie, ( middle class, small business ) inevitably reduced to proletariat.
            Proletariat, ( Having no means of production and must sell their Labor Power. )
            Class Consciousness ( denotes the awareness of Itself and the social world ) , now more than ever before, must be Realized by the, once free sovereign individual, the true Reality of " Being a Slave "
            Without Unadulterated Economics, True Liberty and Freedom only exist within the mind of the individual, and not in physical Reality. The Physical realm of existence. The transition from Capitalism to Socialism is an inevitable part of the development of any human society that injects usury upon the sovereign individual, reduced back to slavery. The outcome, democratic socialistic unions of labor. The removal of ownership of the capitalist and their greed and use of Keynesian economical practices. Imperialism is the product of monopoly capitalism, Adulterated ! Five stars for the unadulterated Truth !

            Mike, Norwalk

            Welcome to the new Amerika - the absolute proving ground for the quote.

            Mike, Norwalk
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            Mike, Norwalk Mike, Norwalk 3/21/23

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