Leon Trotsky: Writings in Exile (Get Political)
Leon Trotsky, Paul Le Blanc
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Leon Trotsky was a key political figure of the twentieth century – a leader of the Russian Revolution, founder of the Red Army, author of books on literature, history, morality and politics.Leon Trotsky: Writings in Exile contains some of his most insightful and penetrating works. Exiled and isolated by Stalin, Trotsky used the only weapon he had left – words. In these writings he defends the 1917 revolution, warns prophetically of fascism and analyses anti-colonial movements in the global south.This collection gives a sense of the real Trotsky – passionate, humanist, Marxist. It will introduce the writings of one of history's great revolutionaries to a new generation.
of French history, there was a leftward swing – pushing increasingly in the direction of ‘rule by the people’ and challenges to wealthy and powerful elites – which was overthrown and reversed in the revolutionary month of Thermidor, 1794. The Thermidorian regime, called the Directory, was a corrupt, anti-democratic, relatively conservative force that allowed some of the former revolutionaries to benefit at the expense of the more consistent and radical revolutionary elements, and at the expense
interesting. It leads us directly to the kernel of the whole problem. And yet, this objection is erroneous; I might say, it lacks internal symmetry. On the one hand, it starts from an exaggerated conception of the phenomenon of historical backwardness in general. Living beings, including man, of course, go through similar stages of development in accordance with their ages. In a normal five-year-old child, we find a certain correspondence between the weight, size and the internal organs. But it
production is still far from Trotsky T02424 01 text 64 29/12/2011 10:30 F RO M RE VOLUTI ON TO D I C TATORSH IP 65 guaranteeing all necessities to everybody. But it is already adequate to give significant privileges to a minority, and convert inequality into a whip for the spurring on of the majority. That is the first reason why the growth of production has so far strengthened not the socialist, but the bourgeois features of the state. But that is not the sole reason. Alongside the
text 75 29/12/2011 10:30 76 T rotsk y – wr itings in e x il e Marxists are wholly in agreement with the anarchists in regard to the final goal: the liquidation of the state. Marxists are ‘state-ist’ only to the extent that one cannot achieve the liquidation of the state simply by ignoring it. The experience of Stalinism does not refute the teaching of Marxism but confirms it by inversion. The revolutionary doctrine which teaches the proletariat to orient itself correctly in situations and to
Long Live the Soviet Union, the Fortress of the Toilers! Long Live the World Socialist Revolution! Fraternally, LEON TROTSKY May 1940 WARNING! Stalin’s press will of course declare that this letter is transmitted to the USSR by ‘agents of imperialism’. Be forewarned that this, too, is a lie. This letter will reach the USSR through reliable revolutionists who are prepared to risk their lives for the cause of socialism. Make copies of this letter and give it the widest possible circulation. L.T.