The Law of the Soviet State

By Andrey Y. Vyshinsky; Hugh W. Babb | Go to book overview

V
The Supreme Organs of State Authority of the USSR and of the Union and Autonomous Republics

SEC. 1: THE SUPREME SOVIET -- THE HIGHEST ORGAN OF USSR STATE AUTHORITY

THE highest organs of USSR state authority are the state organs embodying the will, and completely and entirely realizing the sovereignty, of the entire Soviet multinational people. They are chosen by the entire Soviet people and are its highest representative institutions. From the highest representative institutions of capitalist countries, bourgeois parliaments, the highest Soviet representative institutions are distinguished both by their class nature and by their organizational form. "To decide once in several years what member of the dominant class will crush and repress the people in parliament is the real essence of bourgeois parliamentarism -- not only in parliamentary-constitutional monarchies but in the most democratic republics as well."1 By the will of the entire Soviet people the Soviet supreme representative organs are invoked to preserve and to protect the interests of toilers, and to reinforce and to defend victorious socialism which has made an end of every sort of exploitation of man by man. Such is the essential difference between the two types of highest representative institutions.

But there is a difference between them, too, as regards organizational form. In England the highest organs of authority are the hereditary crown, the House of Lords and the House of Commons. Bourgeois political science theoretically "proves" that the Lords -- sitting in the House of Lords by right of "noble" birth or by royal appointment, and the House of Commons, chosen on the basis of universal suffrage with the ordinary qualification limitations -- constitute a single parliament, a single supreme Soviet, representing the interests "of all the nation." The old English theory explains

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Lenin (Russian ed.), Vol. XXI, p. 400.

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