Military Specialists and the Red Army

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Military Specialists and the Red Army
by Leon Trotsky

Initially written for the January 10 1919 edition of Isvestia, this version was translated for the Samuel Gompers' 1921 Out of Their Own Mouths.

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By its terror against saboteurs the proletariat does not at all say: "I shall wipe out all of you and get along without specialists." Such a program would be a program of hopelessness and ruin. While dispersing, arresting and shooting saboteurs and conspirators, the proletariat says: "I shall break your will, because my will is stronger than yours, and I shall force you to serve me."

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Terror as the demonstration of the will and strength of the working class, is historically justified, precisely because the proletariat was able thereby to break the political will of the intelligentsia, pacify the professional men of various categories and work, and gradually subordinate them to its own aims within the fields of their specialties.