President Xi: China Respects its Socialist Intellectuals (24.4.2017)

Leading cadres at all levels should be good at dealing with intellectuals and develop close friendships with intellectuals. Intellectuals should be trusted to make important and major decisions, and cadres should seek advice and suggestions from intellectuals. Opinions and criticisms from intellectuals, as long as the starting point is dialectically correct, must be warmly welcomed, and actively adopted.

Joseph Stalin on Democracy and Trotsky’s Six Errors (17.1.1924)

That is why, when Preobrazhensky and Trotsky declared at the October plenum that they wanted to save the Party through democracy, but that the C.C. was blind and saw nothing, the C.C. laughed at them and replied: No, comrades, we, the C.C., are wholeheartedly for democracy, but we do not believe in your democracy, because we feel that your “democracy” is simply a strategic move against the C.C. motivated by your factionalism.