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Fascism: What It Is, How to Fight It

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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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Jan 27, 2010 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mar 23, 2017 Jessica Coco rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A forgettable book that fails to explain what fascism really is & how to stop it. What is Fascism according to Trotsky and what were its causes? Trotsky argues that Fascism is a middle class phenomenon supported by the Wealthy Elite. Adding: “The gigantic growth of National Socialism is an expression of two factors: a deep social crisis, throwing the petty-bourgeois masses off balance, and the lack of a revolutionary party that would be regarded by the masses of the people as an acknowledged ...more
Aug 03, 2016 Thom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent and useful text collecting excerpts from Trotsky's published works and letters, outlining the main points needed to understand the phenomenon of fascism and to combat it before it fully gets its grips into the fabric of a nation.

Trotsky had learned from the rise of Mussolini in Italy and could see the same thing happening in Germany, predicting the unfolding disaster while others turned a blind eye.

Only a strong working class movement combating fascists on the streets can stop their
Before I start with the actual review, a few sentences on Trotsky himself. Trotsky was one of the main players of the October Revolution, which killed perhaps a million people, many from executions ordered by the man himself. He was the second in command of Lenin at the time when Lenins regime caused the famines of 1921-1922 that killed million more people. Here's a quote by him that should show you what kind of person we're dealing with:
In a country where the sole employer is the State, opposit
Hampton Stall
Mar 12, 2017 Hampton Stall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another strangely topical text on the fight against fascism. Trotsky roots his theory of facing off against fascism upon the real struggles against fascism gripping Europe in the years it was rising and risen. Again baffling to see how much history can rhyme, and how so many of the responses to contemporary events mirror the same failed responses in the past.
Monica Alvarez
Mar 09, 2017 Monica Alvarez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it. I had to re-read a lot of the sections and even paragraphs multiple times to understand. I really wanted to comprehend the selections for this small guide. I admit it was tough for me but I'm glad I read it. I think the book is apropos to current political climate and I get that Leon Trotsky was fighting fascism to defend communism but I think the points he made on what fascism is and how to fight it pretty clear.
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Brian Mikołajczyk
A collection of essays written by Trotsky on the growing trend of fascism in Europe in Italy and Germany, the political implications of it, and how it relates to Trotsky's vision for a greater Marxist revolution. Trotsky focuses primarily on the German Marxist Revolution, but touches on the communists in Poland was well.
The collection was interesting, but too short. He only touches the surfaces of all the issues he brings up.
Jan 03, 2017 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A reminder that the fight against fascism is a political struggle as well as a military one. Required reading especially as the term fascism is lobbed about after the Trump election, and many liberal apologists for (neoliberal/multicultural) capitalism claim "antifascism". The fight against fascism must ultimately be a fight for workers power.
Oct 30, 2016 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I found Trotsky's book very interesting, and his views were true to what he believed. However, I personally disagree with his view on capitalism. A must read for people who want to understand the true roots of communism, not Stalin's brand of communism.
Ashraf Moustafa
He wanted to be inferred Nazi-fascist such as placing paved indulge in too much, but it's good to communicate has ideas to some extent .. predicted the war and fate of the "German Hitler" before it happens.
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.
May 17, 2013 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short collection of essays from his lifetime published posthumously. Interesting perspective particularly as it relates to what was happening in Germany.
Christine Lisak
Nov 23, 2016 Christine Lisak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must read for Anti-fascists <3
Sep 24, 2015 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Review/criticism forthcoming.
Aug 19, 2012 Don rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pretty poor, even for a polemic. Looks good only in contrast to the nonsense that was the Comintern "analysis".
Jan 30, 2017 J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting reading for interesting times. A good jumping-off point to reading more on the development of fascism, which seems like an important topic to understand these days. Unfortunately.
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