The history of Bolshevism: Workers' Liberty 3/0

The history of Bolshevism: did Leninism turn into Stalinism?

Published on: Mon, 01/10/2007 - 00:03
Author

Max Shachtman


Click here for the series on The Roots of Bolshevism of which this article is part
The organisation of the party will take the place of the party; the Central Committee will take the place of the organisation; and finally the dictator will take the place of the Central Committee.
Leon Trotsky, 1904

Predictions like this, Trotsky's, in a polemic written in 1904, have often been used to “explain” Stalinism as a logical continuation of Bolshevism. In this polemic against the book “Three Who Made A Revolution”, by Bertram D Wolfe (which has been continuously in print since it was first published

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