It is hard to think of a better example of the way the left has succumbed to the confusions of its own history and terminology. Hal Draper reviews the history of the term ‘dictatorship of the proletariat’ and the way the meanings of the terms shifted. The term ‘dictatorship’ was closer to ‘dictation’ originally than to the meaning we give it now.
We cannot use such corrupted terms and in fact we can see how the term confused debate even during the russian revolution.
In any case, the issue is the way an elite vanguard assumes the task of ‘dictation’ as spokesmen, proceeding thence to control and dictatorship as representatives of that abstraction, the ‘proletariat’.
The left has suffered enough bad luck of its own bungling. The term ‘dictatorship of the proletariat’ should be dropped forever from discussion.
Source: Dictatorship of Proletariat: Hal Draper: 9780853457268: Amazon.com: Books – 1848+: The End(s) of History