Personality Study: Trotsky

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Trotsky, being the Commissar Minister for War and the second most powerful man in Russia during the reign of Lenin, was sent to exile, and assassinated by an ice pick. His life was filled with honor, pride and most importantly, confidence. His gifted talent of public speak had an overwhelming effect on the people. He believed his theory of “Permanent Revolution” was the perfect structure of revolution suitable for Russia, it was suppose to bring hope and power to the Soviet Union, the communism will spread across the World and finally union the World under the control of Communism. However, this was never achieved, the Permanent Revolution was nothing but a dream of his, Trotsky was a naive idealist but not a practical revolutionary.…show more content…
A communist state must be maintained first for the idea of “World Revolution” to take place. NEP (New Economic Policy) was introduced after the event happened in Kronstadt; it was introduced to rebuild Russia’s devastated economy. Furthermore, the NEP was an economy which socialism and capitalism co-existed. In 1923 Trotsky was asked to join the “Scissors Committee” he refused, and instead he lead a group of Party members (46 in total) to publish an letter to criticize the NEP, the letter blames the government abandoned socialism and introduced a concept of capitalism. Trotsky’s action had a devastating effect on the government. He pointed out how the Bolsheviks tried year after years to introduce Communism to Russia and abolish capitalism. Finally when they achieved this, a system was introduced to bring Russia back onto the track of capitalism, just as one historian describes “NEP signified in essence . . . a partial surrender to the peasant majority.” L.Kochan. Trotsky was naive, he didn’t realize what kind of state Russia was in, catastrophic famine, death, and fear were commonplace for the peasants. The NEP however could greatly benefit the economy, but Trotsky didn’t realize the peasant were devastated and upset for the fact the Party did not fulfill their promises of “Land, Peace, Bread”, and these peasants were on the edge of throwing another revolution back at the Bolsheviks for a
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