Do These Comments Apply to the US in the 21st Century

Just some interesting thoughts that have been attributed to Lenin — how many seem applicable in the 21st century?

 

The aim of socialism is not only to abolish the present division of mankind into small states and all-national isolation, not only to bring the nations closer to each other, but also to merge them.
The surest way to destroy a nation is to debauch its currency.
No amount of political freedom will satisfy the hungry masses.
Destroy the family, you destroy the country.
…the concentration of capital and the growth of their turnover is radically challenging the significance of the banks. Scattered capitalists are transformed into a single collective capitalist. When carrying the current accounts of a few capitalists, the banks, as it were, transact a purely technical and exclusively auxiliary operation. When, however, these operations grow to enormous dimensions we find that a handful of monopolists control all the operations, both commercial and industrial, of capitalist society. They can, by means of their banking connections.
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin quotes (Questionable): 
A system of licensing and registration is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie.
Only an armed people can be the real bulwark of popular liberty.
The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.
The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.
All our lives we fought against exalting the individual, against the elevation of the single person, and long ago we were over and done with the business of a hero, and here it comes up again: the glorification of one personality. This is not good at all.
Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.
We can and must write in a language which sows among the masses hate, revulsion, and scorn toward those who disagree with us.
It would be the greatest mistake, certainly, to think that concessions mean peace. Nothing of the kind. Concessions are nothing but a new form of war.
While the State exists, there can be no freedom. When there is freedom there will be no State.
One of the basic conditions for the victory of socialism is the arming of the workers (Communist) and the disarming of the bourgeoisie (the middle class).
…first ascertain exactly the position of the various capitalists, then control them, influence them by restricting or enlarging, facilitating or hindering their credits, and finally they can entirely determine their fate.
Ideological talk and phrase mongering about political liberties should be disposed with; all that is just mere chatter and phrase mongering. We should get away from those phrases.
We do not have time to play at “oppositions” at “conferences.” We will keep our political opponents… whether open or disguised as “nonparty,” in prison.
The bourgeoisie is many times stronger than we. To give it the weapon of freedom of the press is to ease the enemy’s cause, to help the class enemy. We do not desire to end in suicide, so we will not do this.
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