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The proletariat uses the State not in the interests of freedom but in order to hold down its adversaries, and as soon as it becomes possible to speak of freedom the State as such ceases to exist.

Friedrich Engels in Speak, Down, Hold

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The proletariat uses the State not in the interests of freedom but in order to hold down its adversaries, and as soon as it becomes possible to speak of freedom the State as such ceases to exist.

Friedrich Engels

Freedom is the recognition of necessity.

Friedrich Engels

All history has been a history of class struggles between dominated classes at various stages of social development.

Friedrich Engels

Just as Darwin discovered the law of development of organic nature, so Marx discovered the law of development of human history: the simple fact, hitherto concealed by an overgrowth of ideology, that mankind must first of all eat, drink, have shelter and c

Friedrich Engels

An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.

Friedrich Engels

What each individual wills is obstructed by everyone else, and what emerges is something that no one willed.

Friedrich Engels

Why do the anti-authoritarians not confine themselves to crying out against political authority, the state? All Socialists are agreed that the political state, and with it political authority, will disappear as a result of the coming social revolution, th

Friedrich Engels

Capitalist production...was necessary to develop the productive forces of society to a level which will make possible an equal development worthy of human beings for all members of society. All earlier forms of society were too poor for this.

Friedrich Engels

True, t is only individuals who starve, but what security has the working-man that it may not be his turn tomorrow? Who assures him employment, who vouches for it that, if for any reason or no reason his lord and master discharges him tomorrow, he can str

Friedrich Engels

No party has renounced the right to armed resistance, in certain circumstances without lying

Friedrich Engels

According to the materialist conception of history, the ultimately determining element in history is the production and reproduction of real life.

Friedrich Engels