[Marxism] Trotsky on Paul Levi's critique of the March 21 Action in Germany
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Sun Jul 29 10:57:51 MDT 2018
This is from the first Five Years of the Comintern, a book I read in the
early 70s as if it were handed down to us like the Ten Commandments to
Moses. This was the "heroic" days of the Comintern before Stalinism
ruined it. Just look at this boneheaded account by Trotsky:
15. If tactically the Central Committee of the Communist Party committed
a series of errors: an unfavourable moment for action, insufficient
clarity in formulating the aims of the movement, insufficient
quantitative and qualitative agitational preparation of the movement and
so on, then the political conclusion that the working masses of Germany
must draw from the March events lies in the latest and most blatant
treachery of the social-democrats and the Independents.
16. Under these circumstances the public statements of Levi and others
repeating essentially the arguments of the social-democrats and
Independents and branding the tactical omissions by their own party as
Bakuninite putschism distort its whole political perspective and
introduce elements of demoralization into the Communist Party just at
the moment when it needs more than ever unity and the strengthening of
confidence in itself and its forces.
If after some unsuccessful economic strike in which the state with its
police, press and yellow trade unions assisted the capitalists against
the workers – if after such an unsuccessful strike one of the trade
union leaders launched a campaign against that trade union accusing it
of every deadly sin instead of condemning the yellow leaders, the
police, the bourgeoisie and so on, the behaviour of such a trade union
leader would be equivalent to the behaviour of comrade Levi.
Well, if it wasn't "Bakuninite putschism", I have no idea what it was.
The god-damned Comintern sent Bela Kun to Germany to strengthen the
already ultraleftist tendencies of the Thalheimer/Brandler leadership.
It was only in the early 2000s that I learned from reading Werner
Angress what a disaster happened in Germany. This was one of the main
reasons the Nazis got a foothold in Germany--the CP had discredited
itself so badly that the workers tended to attach themselves more
persistently to the SP.
Will be posting a chapter from Angress later today.
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