Finally, while he was still working on this book, on 20 August 1940, he was struck down by an assassin, who presumably was carrying out a verdict passed in Moscow. The ‘heroic’ phase of the revolution had given place to weariness and apathy; the nation’s progress could no longer be prompted by impulses coming from below, but only by direction from above. — Leon Trotsky. Lists. Only a Federated Republic of Europe can give peace to the world. It was Stalin’s plan to build up and safeguard that citadel, even if the means used for that purpose clashed (as, for example, the Russo-German pact of 1939), or seemed to clash, with the interests of foreign working classes. “My Life: An Attempt at an Autobiography”, p.579, Courier Corporation, Former Chairman of the Communist Party of China, Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, There is a mistake in the text of this quote. Watching Trotsky, one would believe that Trotsky was the shadowy mastermind of the revolution, hiding behind Lenin’s public image, the man who created Stalin as his “golem” and then lost control, a man who made himself a monster, obsessed with power and control, surrounded by sex and death — and yet at the same time a puppet of an anti-Russian conspiracy. He seems to have no pre-history. (Bulletin of the Opposition (BO), Nos. He viewed Stalin as the leader of a ‘Thermidorian reaction’ from the revolution, the chief of a new bureaucratic hierarchy, the originator of a new nationalist trend epitomised in Socialism In One Country. The others were pieced together from his notes and edited, though not always in strict accordance with Trotsky’s trend of thought. It is true that Leninism was essentially non-totalitarian; but it is also true that by the end of the civil war (say, 1920 and 1921) it had, under the pressure of events, gradually, gropingly, almost unconsciously evolved towards totalitarianism. After Vladimir Lenin, the first Soviet head of state, suffered a stroke in early 1923, Trotsky and Stalin engaged in a contest for power. You know what they say...a broken clock is right twice a day. ", Follow AzQuotes on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Altogether different was the nature of Stalin’s rise. After Lenin’s death in 1924, Trotsky was completely overshadowed by Stalin. He told us he'd never let them get to Moscow. When he wrote it he had behind him more than ten years of a frustrating isolation from the world, ten years in the course of which he wandered uneasily, in constant danger of sudden death, from one uncertain asylum to another. Throughout the 1920s and the 1930s he blamed Stalin’s leadership for all the defeats that communism suffered all over the world. Trotsky and Lenin were often competing voices for what the social-democrats would do, this was not the case with Stalin. No social class with a real and significant momentum of its own will allow itself to be diverted from its essential objectives by any outside influence. On the contrary, its most comprehensive and radical acts, the expropriation and collectivisation of all individual farmers, the initiation of planned economy, took place only after Stalin’s ascendancy. There are no absolute rules of conduct, either in peace or war. He told us he'd never let them get to Moscow. Stalin and Trotsky had their flaws, but Stalin was in power so he had more opprtunity to make more mistakes, because of that he made many mistakes. What Trotsky understated was the extent to which the change from ‘Soviet democracy’ to ‘bureaucratic control’ had occurred in the Leninist period. Root out the counterrevolutionaries without mercy, lock up suspicious characters in concentration camps... Shirkers will be shot, regardless of past service. Quotes . Where he goes wrong is in the constructions put on the facts; he errs in his inferences and guesses. So far the analogy between Stalin’s regime and the Thermidorian reaction is correct. Leaving aside the contemporary Fascist counter-revolutions, which have been predominantly political in character and totalitarian a priori, no historic social revolution – Cromwellian, Jacobin or Bolshevik – has escaped the phase of ‘totalitarian degeneration’. Stalin shows an absolute lack of artistic sense and imagination; he relies exclusively on his solid mechanics of power. His name change from Bronstein would mean that he would be forever identified as a Jew to which he was opposed. Our planet is being turned into a filthy and evil-smelling imperialist barrack. Pro captu lectoris habent sua fata libelli. Let the future generations cleanse it of all evil, oppression, and violence, and enjoy it to the full. Yet the historian’s conscience, as a rule, does make him draw a clear line of distinction between the facts and his own constructions and guesses, so that the discriminating reader is able to sift the enormous biographical material and form his own opinions. 11 November 2014. If Trotsky’s view that the influence of Moscow had acted as the decisive brake on European revolution were correct, it would merely testify to the relative weakness of the revolutionary proletarian element in Western Europe. My faith in the communist future of mankind is not less ardent, indeed it is firmer today, than it was in the days of my youth.“. Died At Age: 74. Not so Trotsky. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Details The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end. Pro captu lectoris habent sua fata libelli – according to the capabilities of the reader, books have their destiny, a line from Terentianus Maurusis’ poem De litteris, De syllabis, De Metris – MIA. That periphery, to be sure, contained a powerful force; it was the pioneer of socialism. This in itself was a great achievement. Such an analogy – if an imaginary one – is as imperfect as any comparison drawn between two real and historic situations. But this is no answer to the fundamental problem. On June 25th the Dawn, the biggest and most influential English-language daily paper in Pakistan, published a lengthy article by one Boris Stremlin, Non-fiction: the old Bolsheviks of the new Russia, which was supposed to be a review of the new edition of Trotsky’s Stalin published recently by Wellred Books and edited by myself. But indirectly the tenets of Stalinism and Trotskyism are being submitted to new tests at the conference tables of international diplomacy and in the social turmoil of Europe and Asia. Ken’s post reminds me of this classic joke: In 1920s Soviet Russia, in the middle of the jockeying for power following Lenin’s death, Stalin emerges to address an expectant crowd. To non-Marxists the dispute over this point between Trotskyism and Stalinism looks like a scholastic squabble, even if the heads of many Bolshevik leaders have rolled in the course of it. QUOTES. It is in the post-revolutionary era that Stalin has loomed just as large, or even larger, than Robespierre; he has even combined his traits with those of the First Consul. Joseph Stalin was a Soviet revolutionary and political leader. Under all conditions well-organized violence seems to him the shortest distance between two points. He was intellectually and as orator superior to Stalin. At this point Trotsky’s polemics smack less of Marx than of Carlyle. ', and 'Life is not an easy matter…. Trotsky condemned Joseph Stalin "for betraying socialism and dishonoring the revolution" and describing the leadership as being "dominated by a clique which holds the people in subjection by oppression and terror." But from the standpoint of the Marxist, the Trotskyist argument has by no means been finally disposed of. By an incredible coincidence, Trotsky and his wife survive. Stalin may often miss the wood for the trees. “Their Morals and Ours: The Marxist View of Morality”, p.23, Resistance Books, Leon Trotsky (1925). [ Six Questions for Slavoj Žižek, Harper's Magazine, November 11, 2011]”. He was later to argue: "The utopian hopes of the epoch of military communism came in later for a cruel, and in many respects just, criticism. Religions are illogical primitive ignorance. Both were vigorous revolutionaries in the years before 1917 - but where Trostky fled into exile and waged a pamphlet war on the government, Stalin stayed and went to prison. The author of this letter, a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain, requests a theoretical grounding of the March 7 [1934] decree of the USSR Central Executive Committee … Stalin had killed millions with his purges in the 1930's including all of the former Bolshevik leadership and even living in Mexico Stalin still viewed Trotsky as a political threat. Everything depends on circumstances. ''Under all conditions well-organized violence seems to him the shortest distance between two points.'' Small wonder that from their very first personal contact there was suspicion between them. Improve yourself, find your inspiration, share with friends. As long as I breathe I hope. Stupid Everyone Privilege. Share with your friends. Rather, in his thoughts, he addressed a Russian public whom he hoped his words would eventually reach, not, perhaps, in his lifetime: a new Russian generation inured from its cradle to the cult of Stalin and brought up on histories of the revolution, from which Trotsky’s name and all that it stood for had been carefully expunged. The forms of life will become dynamically dramatic. In Russia, however, the social revolution did not come to a stop with Stalin’s rise to power. Trotsky, Thermidor in the Family—from Revolution Betrayed (1936) On Revolution. Etter maktovertakelsen ble han folkekommissær for utenrikssaker, og han ledet de avgjørende fredsforhandlinger med tyskerne i Brest-Litovsk i januar 1918. Yet, it was more than that. Born In: Gori, Georgia. But he went further: he was able to analyse and explain the phenomenon of Stalinism and offer an alternative to this terribly deformed caricature of … In France the Thermidorian reaction put an end to the Terror. Trotsky's Stalin is implausible to the extent to which he presents the character as being essentially the same in 1936-38 as in 1924, and even in 1904. Our standard is, clearly, political, imperative and intolerant. If you cannot convince a Fascist, acquaint his head with the pavement. Votes: 4 W. Averell Harriman There is no end to such contrasts. Nor was he greatly interested in its immediate success. Quotes tagged as "stalinism" Showing 1-30 of 72. Thus his real, though quasi-esoteric view, has merely been implied in his doctrine of Socialism In One Country. The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end. Much of Europe has, on the contrary, become peripheral to Russia. Stalin versus Trotsky. Quotes Biography Videos Following Followers Statistics. One of the most surprising things in life is the sudden realization that one has become old. It is the main count in Trotsky’s indictment that Stalin gave up world revolution for Socialism In One Country. The co-ordination of the mass insurrection with the conspiracy, the subordination of the conspiracy to the insurrection, the organisation of the insurrection … Not to mention the fact that the domestic policies which Stalin imp0lemented in the Soviet … The doctrines of Trotsky and Stalin both view contemporary history as a worldwide rivalry between capitalism and socialism, a rivalry historically as legitimate as was the old struggle between the feudal and the bourgeois systems of society. Here the precedent of his argument is unmistakable to the historian: under the Directory Babeuf advocated the return to the Jacobin Constitution of 1793. ‎The party that leans upon the workers but serves the bourgeoisie, in the period of the greatest sharpening of the class struggle, cannot but sense the smells wafted from the waiting grave. The trial, Trotsky claimed was a "frame-up" that lacked "objectivity and impartiality" and volunteered to go before an international commission to prove his innocence." Trotsky referred to himself not as a Jew, but as an Internationalist. As I studied Leon Trotsky, I have compiled a collection of 6 great historians and a few quotes that are worth your time to learn so you can be on the way to a Band 6 response. As a piece of writing it is disappointingly inchoate and at times incoherent. From that point on, Trotsky was steadily pushed out of important roles on Soviet government and Yet the statement that bitterness too often directed his pen must be qualified. Everyone has the right to be stupid on occasion, but Comrade Macdonald abuses the privilege. What in fact divided the two antagonists was not that the one ‘wanted’ and the other ‘did not want’ world revolution, but a fundamental difference in their estimate of the revolutionary potential of the working classes in the Western countries. Between 1925 and 1928, Trotsky was consistently pushed out from party affairs by Stalin and his allies. All his children had died in mysterious circumstances which led him to believe that they had fallen victims to Stalin’s vengeance. In the testament, Lenin proposed changes to the structure of the Soviet governing bodies. Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian revolutionary. The controversy is unconcluded though it is no longer thrashed out in the ranks of communism, for Trotsky’s Fourth International has been stillborn. The contemporary reader cannot yet look either at the hero of this book or at its author in the perspective of history, and hence it is not easy to define its value as a document. In Trotsky the artist was as strong as the political leader; he is obviously sincere when he confesses in his autobiography that he ‘felt the mechanics of power as an inescapable burden rather than as a spiritual satisfaction’. Quotes. His inclinations are those of the stickler for the ‘middle of the road’, for ‘safety first’, even though events have consistently thrown him off the middle of the road, now towards one and now towards another most unsafe extreme. Only the first seven chapters were finished by him. After a few failed assassination attempts he finally got his man when a covert Russian agent called Ramón Mercader who befriended Leon killed him with a blow from behind using an ice pick. Truth. "The Prophet Armed : Trotsky, 1879-1921" by Isaac Deutscher, (p. 45), 2003. The monster does not form, grow, and emerge--he is there almost fully-fledged from the outset. In a country where the sole employer is the State, opposition means death by slow starvation. Not rarely his evidence is based on dubious hearsay. Sensing his impending death, he also gave criticism of Bolshevik leaders Zinoviev, Kamenev, Trotsky, Bukharin, Pyatakov and Stalin. Stalin presented Mercader with an Order of Lenin in absentia. Small wonder, therefore, that this posthumous book lacks the sweep and brilliance which distinguished his monumental History of the Russian Revolution. Book by Leon Trotsky, 1958. If the Revolution has the right to destroy bridges and art monuments whenever necessary, it will stop still less from laying its hand on any tendency in art which, no matter how great its achievement in form, threatens to disintegrate the revolutionary environment or to arouse the internal forces of the Revolution, that is, the proletariat, the peasantry and the intelligentsia, to a hostile opposition to one another. After Thermidor no major change occurred in the social structure of France as it had been so far wrought by the revolution. Trotsky alone defended the genuine traditions, ideas and methods of Marxism. (3) Leon Trotsky, Stalin (1941) Trotsky about anarchism. The book was ready for publication in the United States as early as 1941. “Their Morals and Ours: The Marxist View of Morality”, p.49, Resistance Books, Leon Trotsky, Slavoj Žižek, Henry Noel Brailsford (2007). Trotsky settled in Mexico in 1936. Feared by conservatives as the very embodiment of revolution, he himself has been a conservative in the revolution. Died On: August 21, 1940. To these questions history has yet to give its answer. Sourced quotations by the Ukrainian Politician Leon Trotsky (1879 — 1940) about party, life and man - Page 4. Stalin shows an absolute lack of artistic sense and imagination; he relies exclusively on his solid mechanics of power. The forms of life will become dynamically dramatic. Since Trotsky thus escaped Stalin's dilemmas, it is uncertain how he would have responded to them, although he detested Stalin's rule. Collection of Leon Trotsky quotes and sayings on communism, bureaucracy, politics, dictatorship, economy, oppression, philosophy, revolution, giving, labor etc. “Germany, 1931-1932”, Leon Trotsky (2012). You are pitiful isolated individuals; you are bankrupts; your role is played out. Not Stalin, but Trotsky, moreover, was the greatest organizational talent, the ablest bureaucrat of the Russian Revolution. Or will that regime continue, as Trotsky feared, to ‘degenerate’, until it turns into an unequivocal negation of socialism? Trotsky’s attempts to attack Stalin thereafter were largely unsuccessful. With Konstantin Khabenskiy, Mikhail Porechenkov, Maksim Matveev, Evgeniy Stychkin. If the basis of comparison is sweep of personality, it is impossible to place Stalin even alongside Mussolini or Hitler. Trotsky and Stalin clashed over the future strategy of the country. As long as I breathe I shall fight for the future, that radiant future, in which man, strong and beautiful, will become master of the drifting stream of his history and will direct it towards the boundless horizons of beauty, joy and happiness! ''The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end.'' Trotsky underrated his adversary so much that he came to see Stalin’s figure, like a deus ex machina, ‘suddenly stepping away from the Kremlin wall, in the full panoply of power’. Download Image. Stalin tried to stop Trotsky from writing the book and managed finally to infiltrate Trotsky's household and have him murdered by a supposed servant. Both represented the same type of revolutionary leadership, oratorical genius and tactical brilliance. In Trotsky’s eyes the achievements of Socialist construction in Russia alone ranked little in comparison with the grand crescendo of material prosperity, cultural advance and spiritual freedom which could be expected from a socialist economy based and planned on a European scale. QuotesGram Leon Trotsky, The Socialist Who Dreamt Of The Full Human QUOTES BY GENRIKH YAGODA "We Defeated The Wrong Enemy !" 14 Joseph Stalin Quotes on Communism, Freedom, Power, Ideas and Death. 45 Top Leon Trotsky Quotes You Need To Know . Trotsky would have protested against Mr Malamuth’s phrase, ‘the trend towards centralisation, that sure precursor of totalitarianism’ or against his description of Marshal Pilsudski as ‘Poland’s Liberator’. He was oppressed by the nightmare of the Moscow purge trials, in which he had been depicted as the centre of a most sinister conspiracy. “Comrades!,” he says. “Terrorism and communism: a reply to Karl Kautsky”, Verso Books, Leon Trotsky, Isaac Deutscher (1964). As a rule, Stalin makes such jumps contre-coeur, when the situation in which he finds himself allows neither retreat nor advance by any normal way. To this category belongs his dark, vague and self-contradictory suggestion that Stalin, in his striving for power, may have speeded up Lenin’s death. Latest quotes from interviews "Our new Soviet constitution will, in my opinion, be the most democratic constitution of all those existing in the world." Or will it, as he sometimes forecast, eventually clash with the non-communist world, seek salvation in the spread of revolution or perish? Died At Age: 74. The author delves with unrelenting suspicion into every detail of his adversary’s life. In addition, that edifice, built as it had been on narrow and shaky foundations in a ‘backward, semi-Asiatic’ country, was, in his view, so dangerously misshapen as in many respects to be a caricature of socialism. Trotsky had developed the Red Army and had played a huge role during the October Revolution. The process of his rise took place somewhere behind an impenetrable political curtain. After the victory, Trotsky immediately became the second leader of the country. It is a book that bears all the marks of the tremendous nervous pressure under which its author lived his last tragic years. Born On: November 7, 1879. Leon Trotsky, a leader of the Bolshevik revolution and early architect of the Soviet state, is deported by Soviet leader Joseph Stalin to Alma-Ata in remote Soviet Central Asia. Nonetheless, as Stalin’s forces gained momentum after Lenin’s death in 1924, Trotsky was utterly defeated by Joseph Stalin and was then forced to exile the country. … [1]. Votes: 4 W. Averell Harriman The future will show whether his labour was lost or not. In and of itself, this self-justification that “we did not seize power not because we were unable but because we did not wish to, because we were against every kind of dictatorship,” and the like, contains an irrevocable condemnation of anarchism as an utterly anti-revolutionary doctrine. There still remains the problem of Stalin’s regime, on the origins of which Trotsky’s posthumous work has shed keen, if one-sided, illumination. Nothing of the kind can be said about Stalin. Go where you belong from now on - into the dustbin of history! Single quotes, ' ', enclose headings or titles in other languages. Explore some of Leon Trotsky best quotations and sayings on Quotes.net -- such as 'Man will become immeasurably stronger, wiser, and subtler; his body will become more harmonious, his movements more rhythmic, his voice more musical. Leon Trotsky and Joseph Stalin were political rivals. Famous As: Communist Revolutionary & Ruler of former USSR. Internal and then foreign exile followed, but Trotsky continued to write and to criticise Stalin. Stalin came to the conclusion that, if he could prove that Zinoviev and Kamenev and other leaders of the opposition had shed the blood of Kirov, "the beloved son of the party", a member of the Politburo, he then would be justified in demanding blood for blood. On the showing of these tests, Stalin’s scepticism regarding the revolutionary temper of the European working classes has so far seemed better justified than Trotsky’s confidence. "Trotzky's Diary in Exile - 1935". Thus in many ways this most adventurous of contemporary statesmen at heart fears and abhors adventure. Underlying Trotskyism was the firm belief that at least Europe was ‘ripe for socialism’. Stalin never challenged Lenin enough to gain his enmity. On 25 May 1922, Lenin suffered a major stroke, leaving his right side virtually paralysed and depriving him of speech for a while. 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. ', 'Everything is relative in this world, where change alone endures. He declined to regard Russia as existing upon a peripheral area of modern civilisation, and was confident that Russia was destined to become the citadel of the new socialist civilisation. It did not undo the economic and social work of the revolution, but it brought that work to a stop. 1 of 3 “The end may ... 1924, and Trotsky was isolated and alone, outmaneuvered by Stalin. Stalin (195 quotes) We both agreed that Stalin was determined to hold out against the Germans. Trotsky was assassinated on Stalin's orders before the book could be finished. Two so extremely contrasting personalities would have clashed in any party, in any circumstances. Top row from left: Rykov, Radek, Pokrovskii, Kamenev, Middle row from left: Bukharin, Trotsky, Lenin, Sverdlov, Lunacharskii, Bottom row from left: Zinoviev, Krylenko, Kollontai. ''Our party's most outstanding mediocrity.'' In his conception Stalin appears almost as the demiurge, the evil demiurge, of contemporary history, the one man whose vices have dominated the fortunes of international revolution. s following a numeral: the number of separate sheets of paper in the document. Harry Whyte's letter. The dictatorship of the Communist Party is maintained by recourse to every form of violence. On the other hand, Trotsky’s resemblance to Danton will hardly be disputed. Even the publication of the book has, regardless of its author’s intentions, become a minor incident in the contemporary controversy between East and West. Stalin won against Trotsky, who not only had a far greater mass appeal but, as chief of the Red Army, held in his hands the greatest power potential in Soviet Russia at the time. The old principle: who does not work shall not eat, has been replaced by a new one: who does not obey shall not eat. Trotsky escaped without injury a couple of months ago when hundreds of machine-gun bullets were fired into his house by a gang of twenty men. “Because the horror of Communism, Stalinism, is not that bad people do bad things — they always do. To Stalin his peculiar brand of socialism in Russia was, and still is, of incomparably greater importance than the possibility of socialism in the West. It was not only Stalin’s personality which Trotsky underrated. Stalin (195 quotes) We both agreed that Stalin was determined to hold out against the Germans. To be sure, that temper has as often been damped as it has been stimulated by Stalin’s policies. Stalin used Zinoviev and Kamenev to combat Trotsky, while appearing as "The Golden Centre Man". Stalin favoured what he called "socialism in one country" whereas Trotsky still supported the idea of world revolution. Both Lenin and Trotsky thought of going back to a more democratic order; but it may be doubted whether, even if Lenin had lived longer, they would have been able to do so. And this is how Trotsky sums up his indictment of Stalin: ‘L'État, c'est moi’ is almost a liberal formula by comparison with the actualities of Stalin’s totalitarian regime. “The age of permanent revolution: a Trotsky anthology”, Leon Trotsky (2000). They'd never surrender. While Stalin distrusts generalisations, Trotsky was in constant search for them. There are multiple theories on the hostility between Stalin and Trotsky, and when it began. Thus Trotsky’s testimony is being used for discrediting Stalin. The English translation, including the notes at the end of the book, is taken from Stalin's Works, Vols. Revolution was his proper element. In Prinkipo, a suburb of Istanbul, Trotsky wrote his autobiography, My Life. Moreover, Russia can no longer be regarded today as upon the periphery of Europe. Explore some of Leon Trotsky best quotations and sayings on Quotes.net -- such as 'Man will become immeasurably stronger, wiser, and subtler; his body will become more harmonious, his movements more rhythmic, his voice more musical. He regarded Russia as upon a periphery of modern civilisation. Born In: Gori, Georgia. English readers may find the book’s method of exposition extremely wearisome, repetitive and pedantic. Against the rigid, totalitarian outlook of Stalin’s hierarchy Trotsky invoked the programme of Soviet democracy – that is, of government by the revolutionary people – which the Bolsheviks had advanced when they seized power. Comrade Stalin, The content of my appeal is briefly as follows. Economic evolution demands the abolition of national frontiers. Imagine that Danton, after his conviction, had been given a lease of life which enabled him to write a biography of Robespierre. The dialectical philosophy, which views life as the continuous conflict of opposites, continuous change and movement, was to him not merely a doctrine to be intellectually absorbed – it permeated his instinctive behaviour. He governed the Soviet Union as its dictator. Died At Age: 60. As an historian and biographer, Trotsky treats facts, dates and quotations with almost pedantic conscientiousness. Leon Trotsky Quotes. The revolutionary masses had spent their political energy in the civil war and played out their role. It first saw the light (in the United States) only in 1946, after the Foreign Secretaries of the former allies had fallen out, and opinion had made the remarkable swing from wartime admiration of Russia to acute peacetime suspicion. It was for the benefit of this generation that he set out, step by step, to destroy the Stalinist cult, to reassert his own role in the revolution, and to restate what he regarded as the pristine principles of Bolshevism. 52-53, October 1936) Another statement he made in November 1938 reveals Trotsky's shrewdness and his knowledge of the point at issue. (Wikipedia, 2013) Yet it is doubtful whether posterity would have accepted that evidence wholly as it stood. Tell me anyway--Maybe I can find the truth by comparing the lies. I denne stillingen viste han mot, handlekraft og store organisatoriske evner. Enjoy the best Leon Trotsky quotes and picture quotes! Can that regime, with its leader’s implicit maxim, ‘La Société, c'est moi’, really lead the Russian people to a free and classless society? Stalin hated his adversary so deeply that he caused his name to be written simply "Judas Trotsky" in officially commissioned books, but he borrowed many of his ideas and methods. 130 Joseph Stalin Quotes That Reflect His Thoughts On Freedom, Power, War And More . Trotsky’s bitterness towards Stalin is unlimited. Leon Trotsky (1937). But Stalin did not come to the fore like that. “I have in my hand a telegram from Comrade Trotsky, which I think will resolve our current differences of opinion. "Trotzky's Diary in Exile - 1935". Born On: December 18, 1878. Trotsky was pushed out of the government.He was eventually evicted from the country as well. He made in November 1938 reveals Trotsky 's main hope of gaining power was … Trotsky to... 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