From New International, Vol.4 No.10, October 1938, p.310.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for ETOL.
The United States of Europe is the motto of the revolutionary age into which we have emerged. Whatever turn the war operations may take later on, whatever facit diplomacy may draw out of the present war, and at whatever tempo the revolutionary movement will progress in the near future, the formula of the United States of Europe will in all events retain a colossal meaning as the political formula of the fight of the European proletariat for power. In this program is expressed the fact that the national state has outlived itself – as a frame for the development of all creative forces, as the basis for the class struggle, and thereby also as a state form of proletarian dictatorship. Over against the conservative defence of the antiquated national fatherland we place the progressive task, namely the creation of a new, higher “fatherland” of the Revolution, of republican Europe, whence the proletariat alone will be enabled to revolutionize and reorganize the whole world.
– Leon TROTSKY, 1918
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