As dictators work to legitimize their power, they must first ensure that any or all ideologies, political systems, or people that oppose them are delegitimized--whether they are silenced, disenfranchised, or even killed. What were ways that Stalin did this in his early years? Why was it necessary to have Trotsky exiled? What were some of the liberal reforms established under the provisional government (before Lenin) or during Lenin's leadership that Stalin eliminated? Why do you think he did this?