By Leon Trotsky
Written in 1928, this can be Trotsky's replacement to Stalin's path towards gutting the innovative software of the Communist foreign. "An overseas communist software is in no case the sum overall of nationwide courses or an amalgam in their universal features," Trotsky wrote. "In the current epoch, to a miles better quantity than long ago, the nationwide orientation of the proletariat needs to and will circulate basically from a global orientation and never vice versa."
Suppressed through Stalin within the Soviet Union, its e-book somewhere else on the earth helped assemble the forces that persisted the struggle to construct a innovative overseas stream of the operating class.
Notes, index. Now with enlarged type.
Also on hand in: Spanish
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Such was the customary and, so to speak, average idea of the transition to socialism within the ranks of the pre-war social democracy. This is precisely the idea that formed the theoretical basis of social-patriotism. Of course, the draft program does not hold this view. But it inclines towards it. The theoretical error of the draft lies in the fact that it seeks to deduce from the law of uneven development some thing which the law does not and cannot imply. Uneven or sporadic development of various countries acts constantly to upset but in no case to elimiMte the growing economic bonds and interdependence between those countries which the very next day, after four years of hellish slaughter, were compelled to exchange coal, bread, oil, powder, and suspenders with each other.
This formulation in part condemns Stalin's recent formulation of the question, according to which both Marx and Engels were ignorant of the law of uneven development which was allegedly first discovered by Lenin. " Unbelievable as these words may be, Stalin, one of the authors of the draft, has nevertheless 18 D RAFT PROG RAM OF THE COMINTERN repeated them more than once. The text of the draft, as we have seen, has taken a step forward in this respect. However, if we leave aside the correction of this elementary mistake, what the draft says about the law of uneven develop ment remains in essence one-sided and inadequate.
It will not be out of place here to point out that at about the same time Lenin suggested that our party should change its name from the Communist Party of Russia to the Com munist Party, so as to emphasize still further that it is a party of international revolution. I was the only one voting for Lenin's motion in the Central Committee. However, he did not bring the matter before the Congress in view of the foundation of the Third International. This position is proof of the fact that there was not even an inkling of socialism in one country at that time.
The Third International after Lenin by Leon Trotsky