• was always our view that in order to attain this [proletarian revolution] and the other far more important aims of the future social revolution, the working class must first take possession of the organised political power of the state and by its aid crush the resistance of the capitalist class and organise society anew.

    Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Vladimir Viktorovich Adoratskiĭ (1942). “Karl Marx and Frederick Engels: selected correspondence, 1846-1895”