Lenin on Trotsky

Vladimir Bilenkin "achekhov at unity.ncsu.edu" at ncsu.edu
Sun Sep 22 20:28:55 MDT 1996


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> Remarks made by Lenin periodically on Trotsky:
>
> 1911
> In 1903, Trotsky was a Menshevik; he left the Mensheviks in 1904; returned
> to the Mensheviks in 1905, parading around with ultra-revolutionary
> phrases the while and again turned his back on the Mensheviks in 1906
> .... Trotsky plagiarizes today from the ideas of one faction, tomorrow
> those of the other, and thus he regards himself as superior to both
> factions.... I must declare that Trotsky represents his own faction only.
>
> 1911
> Such people as Trotsky with his puffed up phrases... are now the disease
> of the age.... Everyone who supports Trotsky's group supports the policy
> of lies and deception of the workers... it is Trotsky's special task...
> to throw sand in the eyes of the workers... it is not possible to discuss
> essentials with Trotsky, for he has no views... we merely expose him as
> a diplomatist of the meanest description.
>
> 1912
> This bloc is composed of lack of principle, hypocrisy and empty phrases...
> Trotsky covers them by the revolutionary phrase, which costs him nothing
> and binds him to nothing.
>
> 1914
> The old participants in the Marxian movement in Russia know Trotsky's
> personality very well, and it is not worthwhile talking to them about it.
> But the young generation of workers do not know him and we must speak of
> him.... Such types are characteristic as fragments of the historical
> formation of yesterday, when the Mass Labor movement of Russia was still
> dormant....
>
> 1914
> Comrade Trotsky has never yet possessed a definite opinion on any single,
> earnest Marxian question; he has always crept into the breach made by
> this or that difference, and has oscillated from one side to another.
>
> 1915
> Trotsky... as always, entirely disagrees with the social-chauvinists in
> principle, but agrees with them in everything in practice.
>
> February 1917 (one month before the collapse of Czarism)
> The name Trotsky signifies: Left phraseology and a bloc with the right
> against the aim of the left.


Where is the next "periodical" remark?

Vladimir


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