"Only an armed people can be the real bulwark of popular liberty."
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
[Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov] (1870-1924) First Leader of the Soviet Union
"The Beginning of the Revolution in Russia", Selected Works, Vol. I, International Publishers, New York, 1967
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Now, define your style of liberty, please. Mine can be found in a de jure representative republic (where the individual sovereign is represented, not some democratic oligarchy.)
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    This sounds like a Republican Congressman and member of the NRA rather than a communist!
     -- Rob Bell, Cottingham, UK     
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    A crazed mob mentaility... time to set aside your toys and grow up.
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
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    See, the socialists know what they are doing -- and why! They do not value liberty, only control (in their favor).
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Reston, how dare you disagree with your hero, mentor and spirit guide??!
     -- helorat, Milton     
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    "This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer [for Hitler], our police more efficient [for Hitler], and the world will follow our lead into the future [follow Hitler]!" - Adolph Hitler [1935] The Weapons Act of Nazi Germany...............Crazed mob indeed. Both Lenin and Hitler knew what an armed people meant-liberty. That's why totalitarians everywhere want to disarm loyal, law-abiding citizens.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
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    This is so not true... what about Gandhi, and his fellow Indians?
     -- Anonymous     
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    Sounds like a Tea Bagger.
     -- Slinky     
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    " Popular Liberty " coined by the Roman revolt of the slaves. No wonder Lenin would use that term, seeing it was so close, to his homeland.
     -- Ronw13, USA     
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    "Popular Liberty?" No doubt Lenin meant by that comment the popular liberty of group thought and control through Mob Rule .. and not by any means the basic necessary liberty and sanctity of the Unalienable Rights of the Individual.
     -- Mary - MI     
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    Remember that  Lenin also said that liberty had to be rationed.
     -- Y A Stepanov, Pleasanton     
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