Leon Trotsky

(Lev Davidovich Bronstein)

Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky
  • Born: November 7, 1879
  • Died: August 21, 1940
  • Nationality: Russian
  • Profession: Revolutionary; Political Pholosopher & Revolutionist

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Leon Trotsky was a Russian revolutionary, Marxist theorist, and Soviet politician of Ukrainian-Jewish ethnicity whose particular strain of Marxist thought is known as Trotskyism.

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Herman Bernstein It can't work—for Lenin and Trotsky are both extremely unpopular.... Lenin ... will never be able to dominate the Russian people.
James P. Cannon The capitalists—all kinds—fear and hate even his dead body! The doors of our great democracy are open to many political refugees, of course. All sorts of reactionaries; democratic scoundrels who betrayed and deserted their people; monarchists, and even fascists—they have all been welcomed in New York harbor. But not even the dead body of the friend of the oppressed could find asylum here!
James P. Cannon The regime of bureaucratic strangulation, which expels its outspoken opponents and bludgeons the party into silence, has become an international phenomenon of the period …. A real struggle against it cannot be made without an understanding of its international scope. On this, as well as on the other principled questions, the fight of the proletarian Communist elements in all parties unites with the Bolshevik fight of the Russian Opposition under the leadership of Trotsky.
James P. Cannon They killed Trotsky not by one blow; not when this murderer, the agent of Stalin, drove the pickax through the back of his skull. That was only the final blow. They killed him by inches. They killed him many times. They killed him seven times when they killed his seven secretaries. They killed him four times when they killed his four children. They killed him when his old coworkers of the Russian Revolution were killed …. Stalin and his traitor gang were consumed by a mad hatred of the man who reminded them of their yesterday. Trotsky, the symbol of the great revolution, reminded them constantly of the cause they had deserted and betrayed, and they hated him for that. They hated him for all the great and good human qualities which he personified and to which they were completely alien. They were determined, at all cost, to do away with him.
John Dewey Not Guilty
Nora Volkow I used to spend time in my great grandfather’s [Leon Trotsky’s] study. My relatives used to tell me stories about all the meetings with writers, painters, intellectuals, about the relationship between Leon and Natalya and his friendship with Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and her sister Cristina. We grew up surrounded by an atmosphere of support and love. Our parents instilled in us social compromise, sensitiveness and a sense of respect for others
Anatoly Lunacharsky His [Leon Trotsky’s] colossal arrogance and an inability or unwillingness to show any human kindness or to be attentive to people, the absence of that charm which always surrounded Lenin, condemned Trotsky to a certain loneliness. One only has to recall that even a number of his personal friends (I am speaking, of course, of the political sphere) turned into his sworn enemies
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[Russian] Prices for manufactured goods are from two to three times higher [than the world prices]…. our industry is not commercially profitable. At the same time, every private small industry or merchant, notwithstanding the very unfavorable conditions under which he works within the Soviet system, continues to operate and succeeds in making a profit. Business, Commerce & Finance
A means can be justified only by its end. But the end in its turn needs to be justified. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
A party as such, in the course of the development of a revolution, becomes identical with the revolution. Political Parties & Machines
An ally has to be watched just like an enemy Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
Bolshevism is organized civil war. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Bureaucracy and social harmony are inversely proportional to each other. Bureaucracy ;Management & Managing Government
Despite the unquestionable greatness of the Anglo-Saxon genius, it is impossible not to see that the laws of revolutions are least understood precisely in the Anglo-Saxon countries. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Fascism is nothing but capitalist reaction; from the point of view of the proletariat the difference between the types of reaction is meaningless. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Capitalism
I will issue a few revolutionary proclamations and then shut up shop Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
If we had had more time for discussion we should probably have made a great many more mistakes. Time ;Oratory, Discussion & Debate
In a country where the sole employer is the State, opposition means death by slow starvation. The old principle: who does not work shall not eat, has been replaced by a new one: who does not obey shall not eat. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
In a serious struggle there is no worse cruelty than to be magnanimous at an inopportune time. Time ;Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
In inner-party politics, these methods lead, as we shall yet see, to this: the party organization substitutes itself for the party, the central committee substitutes itself for the organization, and, finally, a "dictator" substitutes himself for the central committee. Political Parties & Machines ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
In our eyes, individual terror is inadmissible precisely because it belittles the role of the masses in their own consciousness, reconciles them to their own powerlessness, and turns their eyes and hopes toward a great avenger and liberator who someday will come and accomplish his mission. Terrorism
Insurrection is an art, and like all arts it has its laws Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Learning carries within itself certain dangers because out of necessity one has to learn from one's enemies. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Man will put foward a goal to raise himself to a new level to create a higher sicio-biological type. Development & Growth ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Root out the counterrevolutionaries without mercy, lock up suspicious characters in concentration camps... Shirkers will be shot, regardless of past service. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
The great Plekhanov, the true one, belongs entirely and wholly to us. It is our duty to restore to the young generation his spiritual figure in all its stature. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
There is a limit to the application of democratic methods. You can inquire of all the passengers as to what type of car they like to ride in, but it is impossible to question them as to whether to apply the brakes when the train is at full speed and accident threatens. Democracies & Republics
There is no example in history of a revolutionary movement involving such gigantic masses being so bloodless. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Tsarism represents an intermediate form between European monarchism and Asian despotism, being, possibly, closer to the latter of these two Miscellaneous
Violence is a holy and historically progressive force. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
We are revolutionists from head to foot; revolutionists we were; revolutionists we are; revolutionists we shall remain until the very end. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
We can only be right with and by the Party, for history has provided no other way of being in the right... And if the Party adopts a decision which one or other of us thinks unjust, he will say, just or unjust, it is my party, and I shall support the consequences of the decision to the end. Political Parties & Machines
We find ourselves in a tiny boat in the middle of a mighty current. War & Peace
We were never concerned with the Kantian-priestly and vegetarian-Quaker prattle about the "sacredness of human life. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
You may not be interested in the dialectic, but the dialectic is interested in you. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
You may not like to go to war, but war will come to you. War & Peace
England is nothing but the last ward of the European madhouse, and quite possibly it will prove to be the ward for particularly violent cases.
Everyone has the right to be stupid on occasion, but Comrade Macdonald abuses the privilege.
Fascism is nothing but capitalist reaction.
From being a patriotic myth, the Russian people have become an awful reality.
Ideas that enter the mind under fire remain there securely and for ever.
If we had more time for discussion we should probably have made a great many more mistakes. Time
Insurrection is an art, and like all arts has its own laws. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Let a man find himself, in distinction from others, on top of two wheels with a chain - at least in a poor country like Russia - and his vanity begins to swell out like his tires. In America it takes an automobile to produce this effect.
Life is not an easy matter... You cannot live through it without falling into frustration and cynicism unless you have before you a great idea which raises you above personal misery, above weakness, above all kinds of perfidy and baseness. Life
Not believing in force is the same as not believing in gravity.
Old age is the most unexpected of all things that happen to a man.
Revolutions are always verbose.
Technique is noticed most markedly in the case of those who have not mastered it.
The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves. Life
The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end.
The historic ascent of humanity, taken as a whole, may be summarized as a succession of victories of consciousness over blind forces - in nature, in society, in man himself. Society ;Nature
There are no absolute rules of conduct, either in peace or war. Everything depends on circumstances. War & Peace
Where force is necessary, there it must be applied boldly, decisively and completely. But one must know the limitations of force; one must know when to blend force with a maneuver, a blow with an agreement.
You may not be interested in strategy, but strategy is interested in you.

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