No page number, eh? Just like Lark with his Crick quote: you throw off a one-liner and I'm supposed to go fetch it like a good dog to see whether or not YOU yanked it out of context? No thanks, dude, I know Trotsky's thinking well enough, thank you, to know that you are painting an innaccurate picture of the man.
: Like I said, the book is one hundred miles away, and I assure you, the line is there...
I'm sure the line is there; it's the lines BEFORE AND AFTER it I'm interested in.
The task of the Communist Party is to lead the proletarian revolution. In order to summon the proletariat for the direct conquest of power and to achieve it the Communist Party must base itself on the overwhelming majority of the working class.(1)
You know, I could come up with these quotes all day long---year, edition, page numbers and all...but you've already made up your mind about (against) the Bolsheviks---so why don't we give it a rest?
1. Trotsky, 'On the United Front,' The First Five Years of the Communist International, Pioneer Press 1953, p. 91, emphasis added (although not really necessary).