Trotskyism has always been defined negatively; trotskyism is non-stalinism. This may well help explain trotskyism’s popularity; we’re all trotskyists now. Unfortunately things are not quite so simple. The left’s penchant for name-calling often denies a theoretical analysis: to name a position is thought to be sufficient to explain it. A critical marxism clearly needs to penetrate below the blanket endorsement and the vitriol which are popular currency in contemporary debate.
Recommended CitationBoehringer, Kathe, Reviews: 1. The Social and Political Thought of Leon Trotsky 2. The Deer Hunter, Australian Left Review, 1(68), 1979, 45-49.