Leon Trotsky

Documentary History of the Fourth International

Letters to the Italian Left Communists

(Two Letters to Followers of Comrade Amadeo Bordiga)

Written: September 25, 1929 & April 22, 1930.
Source: Fourth International New York, Vol.8 No.6 (Whole No. 81), June 1947, pp.187-190.
Translated: Fourth International
Transcription/HTML Markup: David Walters.
Copyleft: Leon Trotsky Internet Archive (www.marxists.org) 2002. Permission is granted to copy and/or distribute this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

The world Trotskyist movement was built from its inception in incessant struggle not only against revisionists and centrists but also against sectarians. Especially illuminating in this connection are a series of letters written by Leon Trotsky in 1929-30 in an attempt to find, within the framework of a single organization, a common ground for collaborating with the Italian revolutionist Bordiga and his group. The attempt failed. – Editor

Letter of September 25, 1929

An Open Letter [of April 22, 1930]

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