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"The lifetime of Europe and all mankind could be decided for a very long time by means of the process the imperialist struggle and its financial and political consequences," wrote communist chief Leon Trotsky in may well 1940. "In face of this," he acknowledged, communist staff proceed to "fulfill our easy job: to hold on consistent, tireless guidance for the revolution--in the factories, generators, villages, barracks, on the entrance, and within the fleet."

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Inas­ much as the imperialist interests by their very nature conflict with one another, there cannot even be talk of a unified inter­ national policy of social patriots of v arious countries. In the best case, agreements of individual p arties among themselves are p os s ible, corresponding to the international combinations of their respective governments. The camp of the lean parties is depicted by a d ifferent pic­ ture. In the character of their ruling b ureaucracy, in their en­ tire past, and in their a spirations these p arties do not differ from the fat ones.

Our hapless critic has no inkling of the fact that historical p rocesses may occur not "first" and "then" but run p arallel to each other, exert influence upon each other, speed or retard each other; and that the task of revolutionary pOlitics consists p recisely in speeding up the mutual action and reaction of p rogressive processes. The b arb of the slogan of an independent Ukraine is aimed directly against the Moscow bureaucracy and enables the proletarian v anguard to rally the peasant m asses.

The elimination of the decisive p ar­ ticip ation of illegal parties in d etermining the policies of the International has become their immediate goal," continues D a n. "As is well known, they have to a considerable m easure realized this during the sessions of the Executive Committee held in 40 Writings of Leon Tro tsky (1 939-4 0) Brussels, May 1 4 - 1 5 . " In other words, the fat ones have driven the lean from the leading organs of the Second International. " One cannot d eny that in their actions there is much logic and sense.

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