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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?