iwp.ilo at ix.netcom.com
Wed Feb 14 21:37:44 MST 1996
>FWIW, I find Trotsky's writings to be much clearer and polished than
>Lenin's. Lenin is often too dry and his prose is frequently rambling
>disorganized (I know since I, in my youth, read all 45 volumes which I
>bought for $65 in 1971).
Agreed on this, Jerry. With the exception of those books by
Lenin that were edited by Radek (i.e.: State an Revolution).
By all accounts, Radek, according to trotsky was "the best
professional writer of the Bolshevik Party".
I also like many of the writtings from Zinoviev (I particularly
remember his articles criticizing the name change of the
German Workers Social Democratic Party to German Social Democratic
Party --- the state within the state and so forth)
One of this days, somebody should unearth Zinoviev's and Radek's
Both Trotsky and Lenin, however, were excellent
>speakers by all accounts.
There are writtings (many!) describing the abilities of both
Trotsky's and Lenin's abilitites as speakers (some consensus
that Trotsky's speeches at the Circus in 1917 were best) but
I found chronicles of the 1917 revolution stating that the best
bolshevik speaker at the time was La Kolontai. Did you hear about
BTW: there are at least two taped public speeches by Trotsky, at
least one of them in English trasmitted through telephone to a
Convention of the SWP. Did anybody heard that one?
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