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dictatorship of the proletariat

in Marxism, rule by the proletariat-the economic and social class consisting of industrial workers who derive income solely from their labour-during the transitional phase between the abolition of capitalism and the establishment of communism. During this transition, the proletariat is to suppress resistance to the socialist revolution by the bourgeoisie, destroy the social relations of production underlying the class system, and create a new, classless society.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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