As another friend, Rick Atkinison, writes in his background to the work:
The over-arching point of Mr. Clark’s critique was that the petty bourgeois intelligentsia, whether advocating for imperialism or socialism and regardless of the social structure within which they live, could only continue to exist as part of a parasitical strata. It is “parasitical” because in order to be “free” to pursue interesting ideas, conduct “principled” debate, research, write, etc. the intelligentsia must be supplied with the means of subsistence without “having to actually work for a living” (Ibid.). The essence of petty bourgeois ideological work, whether capitalist or socialist, then, is simply to define and proselytize “how the privileged status of their kind is to be secured.”
Tom writes in Chapter Five presented below:
In his most definitive statement, Dimitrov declared, “... according to Marxist-Leninist principles, the Soviet regime and popular democracy are two forms of one and the same rule – the rule of the working class in alliance with and at the head of the working people from town and countryside. They are two forms of the dictatorship of the proletariat...” (DSW Vol. 3, p.352).The fact that there were now two general forms of proletarian dictatorship was explained on the grounds that “...the road to socialism in different countries may differ, in accordance with the historical national and other peculiarities of these countries...” (Ibid. p.154). A people’s democracy is thus “...enabled to realize the transition from capitalism to socialism, without the establishment of a Soviet system, through the rule of a popular democracy, on condition that it gets “stabilized and develops, with the aid of the USSR and other people’s democracies...” (Ibid. p.318).Implicit in this line of reasoning is the recognition that the Soviet and parliamentary forms are not radically different after all, and that in the end it is armed force, not the structure of government, that decides. In the USSR, the rule of the CPSU ultimately rested on, not an armed citizenry organized into Soviets, but the Red Army apparatus. And as it turned out, in Bulgaria and other East European countries, the rule of the Communist Parties also rested on the Russian Red Army.