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Leon Trotsky
According to the Oxford Dictionary, Leon Trotsky (Lev Davidovich Bronstein) coined the French word racisme and used it for the first time in 1922. It was from this french word that the English word racism quickly evolved into its present definition. Yet there are some things even worse than racism, and from the words of Trotsky we present the following quotations:

"We have to run a hot iron down the spine of the Ukrainian kulaks - that will create a good working environment."
1

"As for us, we were never concerned with the Kantian-priestly and vegetarian-Quaker prattle about the ‘sacredness of human life.’ " 2

"In not more than a month’s time terror will assume very violent forms, after the example of the great French Revolution; the guillotine... will be ready for our enemies... that remarkable invention of the French Revolution which makes man shorter by a head."
3

"Root out the counterrevolutionaries without mercy, lock up suspicious characters in concentration camps... Shirkers will be shot, regardless of past service..." 4

"The Red Terror is a weapon utilized against a class, doomed to destruction, which does not wish to perish... the Red Terror hastens the destruction of the bourgeoisie." 5

"... the road to socialism lies through a period of the highest possible intensification of the principle of the state… Just as a lamp, before going out, shoots up in a brilliant flame, so the state, before disappearing, assumes the form of the dictatorship of the proletariat, i.e., the most ruthless form of state, which embraces the life of the citizens authoritatively in every direction..." 6

"... the very principle of labour conscription has replaced the principle of free labour as radically and irreversibly as socialization of the means of production has replaced capitalist ownership." 7

Read more quotes from Marx, Engels and Lenin.

Sources


1. Dmitri Volkogonov, Trotsky: The Eternal Revolutionary, London: Harper Collins, 1996, p183

2. Terrorism and Communism: A Reply to Karl Kautsky, London: New Park Publications, 1975, p82

3. George Leggett, The Cheka: Lenin’s Political Police, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1981, p54

4. Dmitri Volkogonov, Trotsky: The Eternal Revolutionary, London: Harper Collins, 1996, p213

5. Terrorism and Communism: A Reply to Karl Kautsky, London: New Park Publications, 1975, p83

6. Terrorism and Communism: A Reply to Karl Kautsky, London: New Park Publications, 1975, p177

7. Dmitri Volkogonov, Trotsky: The Eternal Revolutionary, London: Harper Collins, 1996, pp216-7




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