[Marxism] Fw: Isaac Deutscher and Marxist history
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Trotsky or Deutscher?
On the New Revisionism and Its Theoretical Source
James P. Cannon, Fourth International
From Fourth International, Winter 1954, from Tamiment Library microfilm
Transcribed & marked up by Andrew Pollack for the Encyclopaedia of
Trotskyism On-Line (ETOL).
SINCE the death of Stalin, some of the unofficial and pseudo-critical
apologists of Stalinism have begun to shift their ground without abandoning
their office as apologists. Yesterday they were describing Stalinism as the
wave of the future. They now promise an early end to Stalinism in the
Soviet Union; andfor good measurethey assure us that the end will come
easily and peacefully. What interests us is the fact that, in doing so,
they refer to Trotsky and try, in one way or another, to invoke his
authority in support of their new revelations.
There is indeed no room for doubt that Stalinism is in deep trouble in its
own domain. The events in the Soviet Union and in the satellite countries
since Stalins death are convincing evidence of that. The workers revolts
in East Germany and other satellite lands, which undoubtedly reflect the
sentiments of the workers in the Soviet Union, indicate that the Stalinist
bureaucracy rules without real mass support.
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