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Leon Trotsky 19381210 For a Systematic Political Campaign

Leon Trotsky: For a Systematic Political Campaign

December 12, 1938

[Writings of Leon Trotsky, Vol 11, 1938-1938, New York ²1974, p. 153]

Dear Friends:

It would be well to begin the bi-weekly Socialist Appeal with a detailed investigation throughout the country of the fascist, semifascist, and reactionary organizations in general. Possibly the Stalinists have already tried to do something of the kind. However, the situation changes, the old organizations disappear, and new ones arise. In any case, it would be an excellent job for our local organizations, particularly the youth.

Of course, it would be good to involve not only our party branches, but also the local trade unions, sympathetic organizations, and so on. We must instill in the vanguard of the proletariat an understanding of the growing threat of fascism. It is the best weapon with which to demolish the prejudices of Americanism: "democracy," "legality," etc.

With a bi-weekly the question of a systematic political campaign will become even more important than now.


Hansen [Trotsky]