Fascism: What It Is, How to Fight It
2011 Reprint of 1944 American Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. Writing in the heat of struggle against the rise of fascism in Germany, France, and Spain in the 1930s, communist leader Leon Trotsky examines the class origins and character of fascist movements. Building on foundations laid by the Communist Int...more
Hardcover, 50 pages
Published April 25th 2011 by Literary Licensing, LLC
(first published 1944)
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I don't know but I think Trotsky did not get enough sexual stimulation when he was a child. He writes like it, at least. He's a pretty bad writer. From anti-aesthetic point of view I suppose that's to his credit. Credit is a bad word though. I think, in a way, he was an attractive man. He certainly did not deserve an ice pick in the back of his head in Mexico. There was a Professor at an Ivy League University who used to go around calling herself a Trotskyite. Her favorite saying was "Purges are...more
A brief collection of some of Trotsky's important letters and articles regarding fascism, this pamphlet offers a brief introduction to the nature of fascism, the conditions that give rise to it, and the strategy of resisting it through a "united front." Based on his observations of the growth of National Socialism (i.e. fascism) in Italy, Germany, Spain, and France, Trotsky concludes that fascism is a mass movement based primarily in petite bourgeoisie and backed by the big capitalist powers. Tr...more
An interesting polemic examining the origin of fascism as an alliance between the bourgeoisie and the lumpenproletariat against the (progressive) forces of proletarian revolutionaries. Trotsky's text is somewhat vague at times and the prose is sometimes dry.
Leon Trotsky was a Bolshevik revolutionary and Marxist theorist. He was one of the leaders of the Russian October Revolution, second only to Vladimir Lenin. During the early days of the Soviet Union, he served first as People's Commissar for Foreign Affairs and later as the founder and commander of the Red Army and People's Commissar of War. He was also among the first members of the Politburo.More about Leon Trotsky...