I reached this article by asking myself: "why was Trotsky killed?" Popular ideas propagated by the bourgeoisie are:
- Trotsky was killed by mercader-stalin with a piolet (just as a fact)
- It was the result of some kind of rivalry between communists, a power struggle within them (which tends to be solved in these terms). Lesson: get away from communists.
The key question is not the fact that Trotsky was killed by stalinism and the Russian state (which is not entirely correct because he was killed by the whole world burgeoisie), the question that gives us important lessons is 'why?'. Some of these lessons are:
- We shouldn't underestimate the will of the burgeoisie to kill revolutionaries, not only discredit them. Of course, when it is strategically convenient: at certain point it might be a crucial necessity for the burgeoisie so it can significantly weaken the working class consciousness, when discrediting wouldn't work or when killing can be done without much reaction from the proletariat. To be able to live up to the evolution of class struggle we have to clarify these conditions, and evaluate the development of burgeoisie interests. "Trotsky's greatest weakness was his failure to understand that history's course was running irrevocably towards counter-revolution". What would have happened to him if he had understood? In the case of Trotsky it was a necessity both for the Russian state (to justify its domination using the name of communism -therefore the massacre of all the bolsheviks-), and for the whole burgeoisie in their march towards war, to defeat the possible opposition and reaction of the proletariat to the World War. Previously, there was also a huge work of discrediting.
- In order to finish the dirty work of "emasculating the revolutionary doctrine of its content, vulgarising it and blunting its revolutionary edge", and thus to subordinate the proletariat, the burgeoisie gives space to the developing of theories which appear to be in continuity with real revolutionaries, and which usually are a religious following of their greatest mistakes or decontextualized positions (trotskyism, leninism... feminism using luxemburg, pankhurst, zetkin, kollontai, etc).