An Appeal to the Toiling, Oppressed and Exhausted Peoples of by Leon Trotsky

By Leon Trotsky

Even if calling for an finish to the capitalist process, addressing the crowds after the Russian Revolution, or attacking Stalin in the course of his years of exile, Trotsky's speeches supply a rare perception right into a guy whose phrases and activities made up our minds the fates of hundreds of thousands.

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It is stated that among these hooligans there are a few who are honest anarchists; if that is true - and this looks as if it were true with respect to a few men then it is a great pity, and it is necessary to render them their freedom as quickly as possible. It is necessary to express to them our sincere regret, but at the same time to tell them - Comrades, anarchists, in order that no such mistakes should occur in the future you must put between you and those hooligans a sort of watershed, a hard line i n order that you should not be mixed up one with another, that one should know once for all: that is a burglar, and this is an honest idealist .

The world bandits and highwaymen are at loggerheads Yet though they were killed on April 4, the Japanese with one another, fighting among themselves for the disembarked the first two companies at Vladivostok on booty. This rivalry between Japan and the United States April 5. Once the fairy tale about the seizure of the on the Far Eastern shores constitutes a great boon to us, Siberian railway by the German prisoners proved of no for it gives us a respite, gives us an opportunity to gather avail, the simplest thing was to take advantage of the our forces and to await the moment when the European murder of two or three Japanese and world working class will rise to help us.

It is impossible, say, for the German bour­ militarism, and an expedition against Siberia is a great, geoisie to come back to their workers and tell them: complicated, and costly affair, for the Siberian worker Well, we have conducted this terrible war for four years; 62 Leon Trotsky An Appeal to the Toiling Peoples ofEurope you have borne many sacrifices, and what has this war tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, next spring, will brought you? Nothing, absolutely nothing! ' British bourgeoisie go back to its workers having a like At the same time no less corrupt and mercenary pens :r:esult to show for all their unheard-of sacrifices.

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