From International Socialism, No.43, April/May 1970, pp.33-38.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for ETOL.
We reproduce here extracts from discussions that took place in the 1930s between Trotsky and various members of the American Trotskyist movement (at the time of the first discussion, still regarding itself as an opposition group within the CP, called the Communist League, later the SWP) about its policy. For obvious reasons of space we have had to edit these discussions, including only the first two out of the total of four, and these with deletions of contributions by some of the participants other than Trotsky. The full discussions are available in a collection published by Merit (obtainable from IS books at 8s 6d). Johnson, the other main participant in the second discussion besides Trotsky, was the party name of the well-known West Indian writer and revolutionary, C.L R. James.
(Prinkipo, Turkey – February 28, 1933)
(Coyoacan, Mexico – April 4, 1939)
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