This week Mehring Books is featuring The Third International After Lenin by Leon Trotsky. The four essays contained in this volume deal with basic problems of the building of the revolutionary movement. They are vital reading for all those seeking to educate themselves as Marxists.
In the first essay, “The Draft Program of the Comintern: A Critique of Fundamentals”, Trotsky reviews the Stalinist theory of “socialism in one country,” demonstrating that on every level it represents the abandonment of basic Marxist principles. The American Trotskyist James P. Cannon, who was a delegate to the Sixth Congress of the Comintern in 1928, smuggled this document out of the Soviet Union. It provided the initial programatic basis for the founding of the Trotskyist movement in the United States.
The second essay in this volume, “Strategy and Tactics in the Imperialist Epoch,” deals with fundamental questions of revolutionary strategy. It subjects the centrist policies of the Stalinist Third International to withering criticism, demonstrating its abandonment on every fundamental question of the traditions of Bolshevism and the October Revolution.
This volume also contains the valuable essay “Summary and perspectives of the Chinese Revolution,” examining the lessons of the Stalinist betrayals of the Chinese working class. The final essay, “What Now?” draws a balance sheet of the policies of the Stalinized Third International in the period since the death of Lenin.
Title: The Third International After Lenin
Author: Leon Trotsky
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