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By Leon Trotsky

No matter if calling for an finish to the capitalist method, addressing the crowds after the Russian Revolution, or attacking Stalin in the course of his years of exile, Trotsky's speeches supply a rare perception right into a guy whose phrases and activities decided the fates of thousands.

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The papers actually throughout the length and breadth of America. ' Some say that heaven enjoined entire world the shameful lie which has been spread for them to grab Siberia up to Irkutsk, others say, up to the purpose of preparing a buccaneering raid, I made the Urals. This is the only point of dispute among the the following offer to the British and American mili­ properded classes of Japan. They had been looking out tary missions: 'Give me one British and one American for all sorts of pretexts to make this raid.

There are provinces where there is plenty of grain, but where the peasant bourgeoisie does not sell it at the present time at fixed prices. If prices were freed from control, all the speculators, all the dealers would rush into those grain-producing provinces, and the grain prices would rise in the course of a few days or a few hours, and reach 50, lOO, or 150 rubles a pood. Then these speculators would start snatching the grain from one another, flinging it on the railways, and snatching the trucks from one another.

The same poverty, the same starvation stalk there; the same un­ happy cripples come back from the trenches into the towns and villages and wander like wretched worn-out shadows. Everywhere the war produces the same conse­ quences. Dire want and poverty reign supreme in all lands. And the final result will be, in the long run, everywhere the same: the rising of the labouring masses. The task of the German working class is more diffi­ cult than ours, because the German state machine is stronger than ours, is made of stronger material than was the state of our czar of blessed memory.

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