Trotsky Reconsidered: Claude Lefort's Perspective

Garvey, John

Publisher:  Insurgent Notes
Date Written:  11/03/2013
Year Published:  2013  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX14939

In spite of all the ink spilled that says the opposite, Trotsky may have been closer to Stalin than he was to Lenin. That’s the argument made by Claude Lefort (one of the leading members of Socialisme ou Barbarisme) in a 1948 essay, “The Contradiction of Trotsky.” He criticizes Trotsky for having over and over again pursued a conciliationist approach towards Stalin and failing to uphold what Lefort claims would have been Lenin’s positions if he had still been alive.

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