Writing in 1939-40, Leon Trotsky replies to those in the revolutionary workers movement who were beating a retreat from defense of the Soviet Union in face of looming imperialist assault. He describes how the rising pressures of bourgeois patriotism in the middle classes during Washington's buildup to enter the spreading imperialist war in Europe were finding an echo even inside the communist movement. And he explains why only a party that fights to bring growing numbers of workers into its ranks and leadership can steer a steady revolutionary course.
Introductions by George Novack and Joseph Hansen, appendices by James Burnham: Science and Style: A Reply to Comrade Trotsky, Letter of Resignation from Workers Party.
Notes, glossary, index.
|Publisher:||Pathfinder Press GA|
|Product dimensions:||5.28(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.94(d)|
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I think this is Trotsky¿s most important book. It is especially useful for us now in understanding today¿s world. Trotsky shows why the working class position is to defend the working class gains of the Russian Revolution¿despite the reactionary character of the Stalinist bureaucracy. In explaining this, Trotsky points to the indispensable role of dialectical materialism in looking at contradictory developments. He shows us how to think as a Marxist and not be confused by the crimes that capitalism seeks to use to manipulate public opinion. Reading this book will sharpen your ability to understand the way imperialism poses as a peace keeper, while increasing its use of war and violence, how this has an effect on public opinion, and why the working class vanguard must learn to resist it.
Very apropos today's politics - Iraq war, North Korea's nuclear program, death penalty in Cuba ¿ what stand to take? Trotsky at his polemical, take-no-prisoners best. This collection of letters and articles of debate between socialists on what to do during World War II is a challenging read. Makes you really think through why it is only a certain social class, the working class, that can develop a guide to action in times of war and revolution. Trotsky totally intertwines his perspective on the building of a working-class party in the US - criticizing the Socialist Appeal for being a paper for workers, rather than a workers' paper -- with an explanation of how to understand each war as it unfolds concretely. An applied lesson in using Marxism as a tool to figure out what to do next.