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 approach, 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 hundreds of thousands.

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At Vladivostok somebody capitalists who directly compete with Japan on the shores had killed two or three Japanese. No inquiry into the of the Pacific do not want the strengthening of Japan, affair had as yet taken place. Who were the murderers? their chief enemy. Were they Japanese agents, or common bandits, or This, then, comrades, is the advantage of our position: German or Austrian spies? Nobody knows to this day. the world bandits and highwaymen are at loggerheads Yet though they were killed on April 4, the Japanese with one another, fighting among themselves for the disembarked the first two companies at Vladivostok on booty.

For the workers, the to carry on a veiled, underground struggle against such toiling masses, the result is the same: exhaustion of food a mighty power as the United States, while Germany is 66 Leon Trotsky An Appeal to the Toiling Peoples ofEurope compelled to conduct an open bloody struggle against destined him to dominate, to command, ride on the both England and the United States. backs of the toiling masses, while the worker lives day And so, comrades, at a time when the world bandits in, day out under a yoke, and his horizon is narrow.

Germany, in workers' and peasants' revolution in Russia has opened agreeing to peace negotiations, is heeding the will of her the way to peace. people; she knows that they want her to answer, and We have published the secret treaties. We shall con­ that if she does not answer the Russian Revolution will tinue publishing them become the ally of the German people. France and declared that these treaties will in no way bind the policy the immediate future. We have England ought to come to the discussion on the con­ of the Soviet government.

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