The following quotation was issued in 1922 by Cheka, the Russian secret police, under Lenin. (At the time, the Communist regime was establishing labour camps to “house” those citizens deemed political threats or enemies of the state; the other method for dealing with perceived dissidents was assassination.) In a paragraph of 100 words, explain the message lying behind the agency’s propagandistic rhetoric.
“For us there does not, and cannot, exist the old system of morality and ‘humanity’ invented by the bourgeoisie for the purpose of oppressing and exploiting the ‘lower classes’. Our morality is new, our humanity is absolute, for it rests on the bright ideal of destroying all oppression and coercion. To us all is permitted, for we are the first in the world to raise the sword not in the name of enslaving and oppressing anyone but in the name of freeing all from bondage. Blood? Let there be blood…for only the complete and final death of that world will save us from the return of…jackals”
(quoted in Pipes, Richard. “Lenin’s Gulag.” International Journal of Political Science and Development. 2(6): June 2014. p. 141)