To die for an idea is to place a pretty high price upon conjectures.
People do that even until today. You can't make them kick the habit. So I have learned. To get other people to die for my ideas. And the cream filling at the top - my ideals. You'd be surprised at the turnout. And that is the difference between me and them hahahaha.
Soldiers ensure that those reactionaries and revisionists that were rounded up and shot nicely would be given a good second round if they are found to still defiantly have signs of life.
A beautiful painting of a firing squad in Communist Russia.