- Going Beyond Trotskyism !
From "The Study of Scientific Communism"(No.28, 1970)
The Stalinist Communist Party has been jeering Trotsky by all means between
the long period of tens of years, for instance, "Counterrevolution",
"Minion of imperialists", "People's enemy", "Betrayer",
and "Provocation", etc. And, such myth has gone unchallenged
in the proletarian revolutionary movement in the world under a certain
condition. Even such situation have been exactly the one to prove unfathomable
ugliness of Soviet bureaucracy. At the same time, it has been related to
the terrible corruption of the world communist movement and has been the
part of it.
We protect Trotsky and Trotskyism for such abuse of the Stalinist Communist
Party. However, the purpose of our protecting Trotskyism is not to support
Trotskyism or to beautify it. The purpose of it is to clarify true essence
of Trotskyism, and is to define Trotskyism strictly as one political tendency
which has been born relating to the revolutionary movement of suppressed
people of Russia and the world. If this try succeeds, it will be clarified
how foolish and shameful the abuse to Trotskyism such as "Minion of
imperialist", etc., is.
It is necessary to give Trotsky the same evaluation as what Lenin gave
to Rosa. Lenin evaluated Rosa as follows with the example of the allegory
of kuruirof. Lenin said that Rosa was not a hen chicken (snob opportunist)
but an eagle, in spite of all defects of Rosa's ideology and practice (Such
Rosa's defects are not adventitious mistakes but essential ones like Trotsky's
defects), "Hen chickens can never fly up like eagles, though eagles
occasionally descend lower than hen chickens"(the 33 volume page 208
of the complete works).
It was not doubtful that Trotsky descended often lower than hen chickens
and he made a lot of mistakes which were no accidents. We exposed the mistakes
in this feature, and provided them as individualistic romanticism as a
whole, which conflicted with Marxism-Leninism as far as his mistakes concerned.
However, it is already political demagogie to call Trotsky's romanticism
as "Counterrevolution". We believe that political demagogies
like the Communist Party are harmful in above all for the proletarian revolutionary
Lenin said with the Trotsky faction in mind that Bolshevik had attracted
the nearest tendency to them through the revolutionary struggle. As Lenin
said, the Trotsky faction as well as the Rosa faction, was nearer to Bolshevik
than any other factions(i. e., Menshevik, S. L., and anarchist, etc.) in
spite of their romanticism. The Communist Party has been concealing this
historical clear fact of the Russian revolutionary movement, and has provided
that Trotskyists were "Leninism's enemy", a one-sided abstraction
of them. The essence of the Trotskyism as a tendency which is the nearest
to Bolshevik in spite of "Non-Bolshevism" of course did not change
even in the age when they opposed Stalinism after the October revolution.
In this sense, we have to learn from Trotsky's aggressive respects(Not
from the negative side like the New Left) and we can learn from them.
(the chief editor of 'The Study of Scientific Communism'1970)