Thursday, September 10, 2015
We republish here for our September/October organization-wide reading, a work by Leon Trotsky, The Workers' State, Thermidor, and Bonapartism. First published in 1935, it deals with the class character of the Stalinist bureaucracy and the historical analogies that can be drawn between the rise of the bureaucracy with the Thermidor reaction after the French Revolution that culminated in the rule of Napoleon Bonaparte. While it represented a political counterrevolution, the bureaucracy still ruled over the new economic base, established by the revolution, of the nationalized planned economy. A prelude to Trotsky's classic, Revolution Betrayed, this work is a must-read!