The enemies of the working people, the landowners and capitalists
say that the workers and peasants cannot live without them. "If
it were not for us," they say, "there would be nobody to maintain
order, to give out work, and to compel people to work. If it were
not for us everything would collapse, and the state would fall to
pieces. We have been driven away, but chaos will bring us back
But this sort of talk by the landowners and capitalists will not
confuse, intimidate, or deceive the workers and peasants. An army
needs the strictest discipline; nevertheless the class-conscious
workers succeeded in uniting the peasants, succeeded in taking
the old tsarist officers into their service, succeeded in
building a victorious army.
The Red Army established unprecedentedly firm discipline-not by
means of the lash, but based on the intelligence, loyalty and
devotion of the workers and peasants themselves.
And so, to save the working people from the yoke of the
landowners and capitalists for ever, to save them from the
restoration of their power, it is necessary to build up a great
Red Army of Labour. That army will be invincible if it is
cemented by labour discipline.
The workers and peasants must and will prove that they can
properly distribute labour, establish devoted discipline and
ensure loyalty in working for the common good, and can do it
themselves, without the landowners and in spite of them, without
the capitalists and in spite of them.
Labour discipline, enthusiasm for work, readiness for
self-sacrifice, close alliance between the peasants and the
workers - this is what will save the working people from the
oppression of the landowners and capitalists for ever.
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