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Posted by: Red Deathy ( Socialist Party, UK ) on December 20, 1999 at 13:54:18:

In Reply to: More abuse for Trotsky posted by Stoller on December 19, 1999 at 15:03:51:

: Another iffy quote attributed to Trotsky.

No, actually, words from teh man's mouth (or pen) and considering the text I got it from is over 100 miles from me, I think I gave sufice details with which to find it - go to teh collected works volume for 1938, read teh contents list, find the article 'hue and cry over krondstadt', and you'll find the quote on the ffirst or second page.

: How about THIS one that expresses his explicit acknowledgement of MASS action?:


: There cannot even be talk here of coercing workers into revolution. There is no apparatus of repression here. Success can rest only upon the readiness of the majority of the toilers to take a direct or indirect part in the struggle and help bring it to a happy conclusion.

Exactly, note the indirect part - my quote is followed by a comment that at least the active ambivillence of the majority is necessary, not the active support. he was a vanguardist to teh core: as I recall, and I can't sou8rce this one, his model was that of a steam piston, with the proles as the steam, and the vanguard party as the plunger...

: Request: would all you college grads mind adding the edition, year, and PAGE NUMBER when you quote Trotsky, Lenin, etc., etc.? That would assist greatly in CHECKING those quotes. Thank you.

Collected Works, 1938 - its precise enough, I'd have thunked...

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