Lenin / H.G. Wells

Lenin told the British science fiction writer,
H.G. Wells, who interviewed him in the
Kremlin in 1920, that if life were discovered
on other planets, revolutionary violence
would no longer be necessary: “Human
ideas — he told Wells — are based on the
scale of the planet we live in. They are
based on the assumption that the technical
potentialities, as they develop, will never
overstep ‘the earthly limit.’ If we succeed in
making contact with the other planets, all
our philosophical, social and moral ideas will
have to be revised, and in this event these
potentialities will become limitless and will
put an end to violence as a necessary
means of progress.”

in: Richard Stites, Revolutionary Dreams: Utopian Vision and Experimental Life in the Russian Revolution [New York: Oxford University Press, 1989] p.42.

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