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[Dictatorship versus Democracy]. A Reply to Karl Kautsky. Proofread by Chris Clayton in for the Leon Trotsky Internet Archive. Trotsky. Terrorismo y comunismo: réplica a Karl Kautsky. Front Cover. Leon Trotsky. Akal, Bibliographic information. QR code for Terrorismo y comunismo. Terrorismo y comunismo by Karl Kautsky at – ISBN – ISBN – Júcar. – – Softcover.

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This is an insufficient counter-argument, this example of dictatorship of the proletariat is neither true nor appealing if you like plumbing and food from far away. If you analyse Capitalism as a historical idea, one of the early defining characteristics of it was the right for an individual to own their own private property. Dictatorship was a transitional necessity, the horror of which had to be presented to its subjects, so they would be comynismo to overcome it.

Maybe in fantasy Trotsky land. Ultimately though, the degree to which the book will convince you depends on one singular conviction: It is on this quality, in reality, that is founded to a considerable extent all human terrorismo because if man did not strive to expend his energy economically, did not seek to receive the largest possible quantity of products in return for a small quantity of energy, there would have been no technical development or social culture.

Crucially, there was no blueprint for a peaceful society in this book. Trotsky was an admirable anti-imperialist and I can agree with him there. It is of critical importance to understand exactly what this was. His juvenile ad hominem polemics are a bit much to bear, but these alone mar the book’s execution. Thus democracy is a form of structural oppression by the bourgeoisie on the proletariat. Lists with This Book.


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Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. There is some truth to this claim, but the freedom of democracy is much less than advertised. He wanted to destroy the class structure.

You may want to ask the Polish people how they felt about that Leon. It was the concept that the state should control everything.

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Trotsky’s prose from is compelling and he ideas mostly unvarnished. Beginning with a amusing and still relevant polemic against democratic and legalistic ideals, Trotsky moves on with a spirited defense of the use of the most extreme forms of compulsion by the state apparatus inherited largely unchanged from Tsarism see Bettelheim on this point yerrorismo, to extract the maximum of surplus from the broad mass of the working class.

Trotsky did at least hint of a future without the Bolshevik Party when he imagined a Russia where the “concentration of state power in its entirety in the hands of the proletariat would set up for the transitional period of an exceptional regime”. Jan 21, Jordan rated it really liked it. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

I disagree, but he had a point.

It was under Stalin’s police-state that socialism was declared to be fully achieved in the Soviet Union. Once you look down on your fellow human beings in this regard, you start on a very slippery slope. This is certainly not foolproof.

Though I personally do not agree with the communist dictatorship, this book described a point of view far beyond my own and made me analyze my own beliefs because of it.


This book was written inafter the Bolsheviks had been in power for three disastrous years. He deemed it a “puerile illusion”.

Terrorism and Communism: A Reply to Karl Kautsky

Dec 09, Mitchell Chatfield rated it liked tedrorismo. So, in the end, like many theoreticians of power, Trotsky does well and good tearing others down for their oppressive tendencies, but when it comes to recognizing or criticizing those same tendencies in himself or his Party, he is found rather wanting.

Zizek drew an interesting comparison between modern Neo-Conservativism and Trotskyism.

As Slovoj Kxutsky cogently points out in his uncharacteristically lucid foreword, the profound difference between Trotsky and Stalin can only be fully understood ,autsky realizing how much they had in common. Grant Vincent rated it liked it Apr 09, Kautsky believed that the Bolsheviks had disregarded some of the basic tenets of Marxism by violently seizing power.

Scott Wilson rated it liked it Jan 10, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. When it comes to topics of Russian history, I am very much a layperson, but after such a torrential flow of accusations from the original author, I am only marginally better off than I was when I started.