The Basic Writings of Trotsky

By Leon Trotsky; Irving Howe | Go to book overview

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The Motive Forces of the Russian Revolution

TRANSLATED BY I. A. LANGNAS from the 1922 Russian edition of 1905 (previously untranslated).

In Europe 5.4 million square kilometers, in Asia 17.5 million, and a population of 150 million. In this enormous area, all stages of human development: from the primitive savagery of northern forests, where men eat raw fish and worship trees, to the most modern social relations of the capitalist city, where the Socialist worker regards himself as an active participant in world politics and eagerly follows the course of events in the Balkans or the debates of the German Reichstag. The most concentrated industry in Europe, based on the most backward agriculture of Europe. The most colossal governmental machinery in the world, using all the achievements of technical progress to arrest the historical progress of its own country. This is the soil on which social classes grow, live and fight. The revolution will show us these classes engaged in the most severe of struggles. But direct action in political life is confined

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