C E I P Bulletin – Number 6 (August 2004)
On the occasion of the 64° anniversary of Leon Trotsky’s assassination by the GPU, on August 20, 1940, the Centro de Estudios, Investigaciones y Publicaciones "León Trotsky", has just published two new books: War and Revolution. A Dissenting View on World War II (Volume I) by Leon Trotsky and other leaders of the Fourth International such as Rudolph Klement, Jean van Heijenoort, Liborio Justo, James Cannon or Sherry Mangan; and Writings on Philosophy by Leon Trotsky.
On the other hand, a second edition of The Theory of Permanent Revolution will be pusblished in early September, because the first edition has been out of print for some time now.
Such editorial undertaking seeks to make a renewed contribution and shed new light on the great lessons drawn by Leon Trotsky in his time, since –in our view- his legacy is a key guide for all those seeking a fully rounded view of the class struggle in the twentieth century, and are also a revolutionary alternative for this new century
Brief review of the new books
War and Revolution. A Dissenting View on World War II (Volume I) (compilation)
Leon Trotsky et al (464 ps.)
This first volume, which extends until late 1942, is made up of articles of the time, with poignant insights by Trotsky and his followers on the world situation back then, in which they account for both the causes and the purpose of the incoming war, chart the politics and programme needed to stop it, or else intervene in it, and also anticipate the revolutions coming out of the war itself –all of these key aspects for anyone seeking to deeply understand this seismic event that shook the twentieth century.
This book takes issue with the prevailing view on the war, that of the Allies and Stalinism (i.e. it was a war for democracy and against Fascism), uncovering the true meaning of the Second World War, one that has been so far concealded by most scholars. The fifty million people who perished in it, and the carnages of civil populations such as those of Dresden (Germany) or Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Japan) –commited in the the name of democracy at a time when Fascism was almost totally defeated-, challenge the common wisdom on the supposedly democratic thrust of the war.
The compilation carries two introductory essays drafted by members of the CEIP. A second volume ranging from the turn-about in the war in 1943 until its aftermath is currently being prepared. Along with that, we will also release a CD containing several articles published in Trotsky’s time, written by Jean van Heijenoort, Chen Tuh-siu and other important leaders, which are not included in the printed version. It will also include research articles by the main Trotskyist historians specialized on this issue. Most of the articles have been translated for the first time into Spanish from English and French sources.
Writings on Philosophy (compilation)
Leon Trotsky (200 pages)
Trotsky dwells on a series of core issues related to the philosophical foundations of Marxism, dealing also with some of the debates revolving around philosophy and science, proceeding along the lines of his deep understanding of dialectics. These dispel the accusations repeteadly launched by post-modern thinkers, to the effect of proving that the idea of totality is not necessarily akin to that of the Absolute, that unity does not mean mechanicism and determination should not be confused with a form of teleological thinking. Post-modernism is not the first strand of thought that resorts to irrational views in the face of a world that seems to have gone out of control. Instead, the Marxist tradition in which Trotsky himself was enrolled has been able to build upon and draw lessons from the social upheavals of our time. These writings laid the foundations to put Marxism up to the new challenges of today, without any need to resort to groundless voluntarism or else new versions of appeasing mechanistical views, to leave the Stalinist caricature of Marxism behind.It includes a translation of "Trotsky’s Notebooks, 1933-1935. Writings on Lenin, Dialectics and Evolutionism", "Their Moral and Ours" and other writings.
The Theory of Permanent Revolution (compilation)
Leon Trotsky (626 pages)
One of Trotsky’s biggest contributions as a revolutionary leader and thinker is the theory of permanent revolution. This compilation gathers the writings containing his first insights in 1904 until its well-rounded formulation in 1929, when the theory was proclaimed as a general theory valid for all colonial and semicolonial countries. It also includes a series of articles in which Trotsky updated his theory of permanent revolution in the heat of the revolutionary upheavals of the 1930s, seeking to challenge both Fascism and the Stalinist policy of the Popular Front. The theory of permanent revolution is a cornerstone that will lay the foundations, in 1938, for the Transitional Programme of socialist revolution worldwide, the programme of the Fourth Internacional.
All books are available in the main bookshops on Avda. Corrientes in Buenos Aires o at the CEIP.
They can also be purshade via mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org