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Leon Trotsky: In Defense Of Marxism

Leon Trotsky: In Defense Of Marxism

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In Defense of Marxism
Leon Trotsky1942
 
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In Defense of Marxism
I
N
D
EFENSE OF
M
ARXISM IS
L
EON
T
ROTSKY
S PREMIER DEFENSE OF THE
M
ARXISTMETHOD OF A
D
IALECTICAL
M
ATERIALISM
. T
HIS WORK IS A COLLECTION OF ESSAYSAND LETTERS TO MEMBERS OF THE
US S
OCIALIST
W
ORKERS
P
ARTY FROM
1939
TO
1940. T
HE
SWP
WAS INVOLVED IN A BITTER INTERNAL DEBATE OVER THE CLASS NA
-
TURE OF THE
S
OVIET
U
NION
 ,
THE NATURE OF
S
TALINISM AND THE FUTURE OF THE
S
OCIALIST
W
ORKERS
P
ARTY AS A REVOLUTIONARY PARTY
. I
N
D
EFENSE OF
M
ARXISMIS
T
ROTSKY
S CONTRIBUTION TO THIS DEBATE
.
I
N
D
EFENSE OF
M
ARXISM WAS FIRST PUBLISHED IN AN UNCOPYRIGHTED EDITION BY
P
IO
-
NEER
P
UBLISHERS IN
1942
FROM WHICH THIS ON
-
LINE VERSION HAS BEEN TRANSCRIBEDBY
D
AVID
W
ALTERS IN
1998.T
HIS VERSION BY
D
IMITRI
V
ERSTRAETEN IN
2002. A
DDITIONAL INFO IS ADDED FROMTHE
N
EW
P
ARK EDITION OF THIS BOOK
(
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN
1972, 4
TH IMPRES
-
SION IN
1984)
 
Contents
A Letter to James P. Cannon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1The USSR in War . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3A Letter to Sherman Stanley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21Again and Once More Again on the Nature of the USSR . . . . . . 23The Referendum and Democratic Centralism . . . . . . . . . . . . 32A Letter to Sherman Stanley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33A Letter to James P. Cannon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36A Letter to Max Shachtman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38A Letter to James P. Cannon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43A Petty-Bourgeois Opposition in the Socialist Workers Party . . . 44A Letter to John G. Wright . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63A Letter to Max Shachtman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64Four Letters to the National Committee Majority . . . . . . . . . . 65A Letter to Joseph Hansen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70An Open Letter to Comrade Burnham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72A Letter to James P. Cannon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94A Letter to Farrell Dobbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95A Letter to John G. Wright . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97A Letter to James P. Cannon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98A Letter to William F. Warde . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99A Letter to Joseph Hansen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100From a Scratch To the Danger of Gangrene . . . . . . . . . . . . 102A Letter to Martin Abern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148iii

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