Oskar fischer (ed.)

Leninism versus Stalinism

by L. Trotsky


Written: Summer 1933.
Source: The Militant, Vol. VI No. 35, 15 July 1933, p. 2.
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The victory of German Fascism closes a distinct epoch of political history and opens a new one. In the course of the past year the Stalinist bureaucracy did all that was possible without it, to render the Fascist victory easier. Addressing itself to the proletariat of the world, the Left Opposition (Bolshevik-Leninists) criticized implacably the policies of the Stalinist bureaucracy and gave its answers to all problems as they were posed by events.

At present no proletarian revolutionary can close his eyes to the conflict between the two factions raging within the camp of Communism. Comrade Oscar Fischer has performed an important and instructive task by collecting and classifying according to subject the clearest and most inclusive statements that were given in answer to theoretic and practical questions, on the one hand by the Stalinist bureaucracy, and on the other by the Left Opposition (Bolshevik-Leninists). I hope that this rare collection of citations will soon find its way to every thinking worker. There will be no advance unless we learn by the tragic mistakes and defeats of the past.

L. Trotsky

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