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The All-Popular Nature of the Socialist State

(Original title: K otázke všeľudovosti socialistického štátu)
Filozofia, 21 (1966), 2, 167-180.
Type of work: Papers and Discussions
Publication language: Slovak
Up to this time there prevails some indistinctness and dissent as to the relation between the concepts of proletarian dictatorship and the all-popular socialist state. In literature authors as a rule express this relation by the term of transition of the socialist countries from the state of proletarian dictatorship to the all-popular state. Often from this is drawn the conclusion, as if proletarian dictatorship excluded the all-popular character of the state and the all-popular state must be a state without proletarian dictatorship. That is wrong. In the present paper it is stated that the socialist state is all-popular by its whole nature. The dictatory point, which in the capitalist society is an aim for itself, in socialism remains only as a means to assure the all-popular character, the all-popular democratism of the social order. This is not inconsistent with the coming forward of the in general minor dictatory point in the initial time of the existence of the socialist state in view of the perils which menace it. In fact there is no transition from proletarian dictatorship to all-popular state, but a dialectically linked development of the socialist all-popular state and his dictatory point. This theoretical solution has practical reach in many respect. If the proletarian dictatorship is concepted as the proper nature of the socialist state, this may aid deformating in the way of concepting dictatorship as an end hy itself and exaggerating it, as it has occasionally happened. The correctness of this view is illustrated by the development of the Czechoslovak socialist republic.
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