Standing Against Counterrevolution
The Two Trotskyisms Confront Stalinism: The Fate of the Russian Revolution, Volume 2
Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 01/05/2016
Year Published: 2016
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21393
Book review of Sean Matgamna's The Two Trotskyisms Confront Stalinism: The Fate of the Russian Revolution, Volume 2.
Did the Soviet invasions of Poland and Finland represent potentially an expansion of the proletarian revolution? Should the workers of Finland, who had suffered murderous repression under a rightwing post-World War I dictatorship, welcome the Soviet army as liberators, or would they (or their children) be waging guerilla resistance against the invaders?
Essentially, everything else in this volume represents in detail the working out of these respective positions and their consequences - not in retrospect but in the white heat of events, with the protagonists on both sides of "the two Trotskyisms" acutely feeling the weight of responsibility for a struggling world movement.