Housing and Other Problems, Including Theodore Dreiser
ALONG NEWS LULL FOLLOWED the exile of Trotsky. For months there was little to cable but the loudly trumpeted "confessions" of his followers. That sickening farce, begun by the kowtowing of Zinoviev and Kamenev, continued for some time. All over Russia, according to the Soviet press, leading Trotskyists and entire groups of their followers realized that "ComradeStalin was right after all" and begged forgiveness for their ideological sins. On the surface this seemed a useless and disgusting ceremonial. But in reality it was the important prelude to another step in Stalin's maneuvers to attain absolute power. Having, in mock collaboration with the Rights, smashed his enemies on the Left, he was planning a similar strategy against the Rights. The baseness of this maneuver was only too obvious to every intelligent observer, but regard for intelligence no longer entered into Stalin's calculations. Fully in control now of his man-killing Apparat and his fast-growing army of special police, he banked only on his vicious minority at the top and their moronic followers at the bottom. Neither the intelligentsia nor the people entered into his calculations. He was building his power on the underworld.