The Basic Writings of Trotsky

By Leon Trotsky; Irving Howe | Go to book overview

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For a Workers' United Front Against Fascism

TRANSLATED BY MORRIS LEWITT from Germany: The Key to the International Situation ( 1932).

At the present moment Germany is passing through one of those great historic hours upon which the fate of the German people, the fate of Europe and in an important measure, the fate of all humanity will depend for decades. If you place a ball on top of a pyramid, the slightest impact can cause it to roll down either to the left or to the right. That is the situation approaching with every hour in Germany today. There are forces which would like the ball to roll down towards the right and break the back of the working class. There are forces which would like the ball to remain at the top. That is a utopia. The ball cannot remain at the top of the pyramid. The communists want the ball to roll down toward the left and break the back of capitalism. But it is not enough to want, one must know how. Let us calmly reflect once more: Is the policy

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