The Basic Writings of Trotsky

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Five Year Plan in Four Years" and "Complete Collectivization

TRANSLATED BY MAX EASTMAN from The Revolution Betrayed ( 1937).

Irresoluteness before the individual peasant enterprises, distrust of large plans, defense of a minimum tempo, neglect of international problems -- all this taken together formed the essence of the theory of "socialism in one country," first put forward by Stalin in the autumn of 1924 after the defeat of the proletariat in Germany. Not to hurry with industrialization, not to quarrel with the muzhik, not to count on world revolution, and above all to protect the power of the party bureaucracy from criticism! The differentiation of the peasantry was denounced as an invention of the Opposition. The above-mentioned Yakovlev dismissed the Central Statistical Bureau, whose records gave the kulak a greater place than was satisfactory to the authorities, while the leaders tranquilly asserted that the goods famine was outliving itself, that "a peaceful tempo in economic development was at hand," that the grain

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