chapter  5
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The Party and the Working Class Within the System of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat

This chapter considers the dictatorship of the proletariat from the standpoint of its structure; its "mechanism"; function and importance of the "belts", the "levers", and "guiding force", which comprise in their totality "the system of the dictatorship of the proletariat", and with aid of which the daily work of the dictatorship of the proletariat is carried on. The levers and belts are the mass organisations of the proletariat, without whose aid the dictatorship cannot be realised in practice. The guiding force is that of advanced section of the proletariat, the workers' vanguard, which constitutes the veritable leader of the dictatorship of the proletariat. Without the Party as the essential guiding force, there cannot be a lasting and firmly consolidated dictatorship of the proletariat. If there are sound relationships between the Party and working class, between the vanguard and the working masses, then there can be no ground for contraposing the leadership of Party to the dictatorship of the proletariat.