In inner-party politics, these methods lead, as we shall yet see, to this: the party organization substitutes itself for the party, the central committee substitutes itself for the organization, and, finally, a "dictator" substitutes himself for the central committee.
Leon Trotsky (1879–1940), Russian communist leader. Quoted also in Isaac Deutscher, The Prophet Armed, ch. 3 (1963). Our Political Tasks (1904).
Trotsky was commenting on Lenin's plans for organizing the Bolshevik Party as a highly centralized and authoritarian body prior to the Russian Revolution. Trotsky was later to join Lenin in the Bolshevik Party, help mastermind the Revolution of 1917, and ultimately was killed on the orders of the "dictator" Stalin.