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William Averell Harriman
1891 - 1986

American diplomat, U.S. Ambassador to Soviet Union (1943-46), U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain (1946), U.S. Secretary of Commerce (1946-48), Governor of New York (1955-59), recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1969)

The dictatorship of the proletariat is a historically regressive idea for it makes the individual a servant of the state, robs him of his power of decision, and is thus at odds with the aspirations of mankind.

Nov. 1981 - quoted in Encounter Magazine