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The d ay-to-day life of the tops of the French labor party and the trade unions is comprised wholly of such color­ ful episodes. The ruling bureaucracy of the Second International is the 42 Writings of Leon Trotsky (1 939-4 0) least independent, the most cow ardly and corrupted section of b ourgeois society. All shifts in the situ ation whether to the right or the left are of mortal danger to them. Hence their sole urge: to m aintain the status quo; hence their compUlsory "empiricism," i. , fear to look into the future.

Both of these political processes will drive the revo­ lutionary mov ement forw ard and increase the specific weight of the proletarian v anguard. My statement to the effect Western Ukraine (Poland ) that workers do not want and peasants of to j oin the Soviet Union, as it is now constituted, and that this fact is an addi­ tional argument in favor of an independent Ukraine, is parried by our they sage could with the not j oin assertion the Sov iet that even Union if they desired, because they could do so only "after the proletarian revolution in Western Ukr aine" ( o bviously Poland ).

The slogan of an independent Ukraine adv anced in time by the proletarian vanguard will lead to the unavoidable stratifi­ cation of the petty bourgeoisie and render it easier for its lower tiers to ally themselves w ith the proletariat. Only thus is it possible to prepare the proletarian revolution. "If the w orkers carry through a successful revolution in Western Ukraine . . " persists our author, "should our strategy then be to demand th at the Soviet Ukraine separate and j oin its western section?

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