An Appeal to the Toiling, Oppressed and Exhausted Peoples of by Leon Trotsky

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 made up our minds the fates of hundreds of thousands.

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And the grain which would arrive into the towns would be quite out of your reach, workers. Of course, fixed prices for grain will not bring us salvation if firm discipline on the railways is not estab­ lished. It is necessary to establish a stricter regime for the higher-grade workers and those who encourage bribery, embezzlement, and rapacity among them. And it is also 90 their stocks of grain at fixed prices.

Look how many difficulties there are in the way of on all fronts. May the news of the signing of the armistice Soviet power: And that is true, many are the difficulties, at Brest-Litovsk ring like a tocsin for the soldiers and every step is beset with impediments. But what is the workers in all the belligerent countries. Down with the war! Down with its authors! The governments opposing peace and the governments cause? Let us look around, let us examine the situation k let us count our friends and our enemies, let us loo ahead.

Yourselves in the service of the working class. ' We want Who appoints the commanders? The Soviet govern­ to make them work, for they also represent a certain ment appoints them. Registers are kept of former officers capital. They have learned something which we have and prominent individuals from among the ranks and not. The civil engineer, the medical man, the general, non-commissioned officers who have shown capacity. the admiral - they have all studied things which we have Candidates receive their appointments out of this regis­ not studied.

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