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Leon Trotsky


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Leon Trotsky (7 November [O.S. 26 October] 1879 – 21 August 1940), born Lev Davidovich Bronshtein, was a Russian Marxist revolutionary and theorist, Soviet politician, and the founder and first leader of the Red Army.

Trotsky was initially a supporter of the Menshevik Internationalists faction of the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party. He joined the Bolsheviks immediately prior to ... more »

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  • ''It was the supreme expression of the mediocrity of the apparatus that Stalin himself rose to his position.''
    Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian revolutionary. My Life, ch. 40 (1930).
  • ''It was the supreme expression of the mediocrity of the apparatus that Stalin himself rose to his position.''
    Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian revolutionary. My Life, ch. 40 (1930). In his last book, Stalin (published 1947), drafted while in exile in Mexi...
  • In inner-party politics, these methods lead, as we shall yet see, to this: the party organization substitutes itself for the party, the central committee substitutes itself for the organization, and, ...
    Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian communist leader. Quoted also in Isaac Deutscher, The Prophet Armed, ch. 3 (1963). Our Political Tasks (1904). T...
  • ''The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end.''
    Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian revolutionary. Quoted in Antonio Gramsci: an Introduction to his Thought, preface, Alberto Pozzolini (1970).
  • ''Our party's most outstanding mediocrity.''
    Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian revolutionary. Quoted in Dmitri Volkogonov, Stalin: Triumph and Tragedy, foreword (1989, trans. 1991). In his la...
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