Re: Were the Russian "Left Opposition" Terrorists and Counterrevolutionaries?
You may think it clear, but you have not given any idea why anyone else should think so. Would you like to demonstrate that that is the case?
Originally Posted by Sam Lord
Or is this just a "Stalin could never have put a foot wrong" assumption?
"I plead guilty to being one of the leaders of this 'Bloc of Rightists and Trotskyites.' I plead guilty to the sum total of crimes committed by this counter-revolutionary organization..." whether or not I knew of, whether or not I took part in, any particular act...
In earlier days. But they came together in an anti-soviet Bloc. He admitted this.
After a year in jail ? or before it ? The term is clearly not his own, and a confession to things he does not admit to knowing about does not carry a lot of weight with me. Absurd, in fact.
You seem to think that the political destination of individuals is worth remarking on, in assessing their writings. Unless it doesn't suit.
No particularly. But it would suit you to float some sort of vague innuendo.
Did you ?
I thought I had quoted from Humbert-Droz's book and not an article.
This is in relation to whether or not it is relevant that Trotsky wrote condemning acts of terror in the Soviet Union. Of course it is relevant and makes a nonsense of the various libels that were made against him on this count.
You really think Trotsky's writings were being distributed in the Soviet Union? That's interesting. How was this being done in the 1930's?
On the one hand, you say that his writings could not get into the SU and on the other, that he was part of a dangerous anti-Soviet terror organisation carrying out attacks within its territory. Again, absurd.
He was considered influential enough to be worth assassinating.
And of course, his assassination was an individual act of terror against anyone in the communist movement who opposed the Soviet bureaucracy.
“ We cannot withdraw our cards from the game. Were we as silent and mute as stones, our very passivity would be an act. ”
— Jean-Paul Sartre