Stalin on Cromwell
STALIN: 'The Communists base themselves on rich historical experience which teaches that obsolete classes do not voluntarily abandon the stage of history. Recall the history of England in the seventeenth century. Did not many say that the old social system had decayed? But did it not, nevertheless, require a Cromwell to crush it by force?'
HG WELLS: 'Cromwell operated on the basis of the constitution and in the name of constitutional order...'
STALIN: 'In the name of the constitution he resorted to violence, beheaded the king, dispersed Parliament, arrested some and beheaded others!'
HG Wells interviews Stalin in Moscow, 1934