Today on Uncommon Knowledge, if only.
If only, that is, Trotsky instead of Stalin had succeeded Lenin, Communism would have worked. That assertion remained something like an article of faith on the Left as recently as the nineteen-seventies, and, here and there, you’ll still hear it advanced today. The author of major biographies of Lenin, Stalin, and — to be published this coming year — Trotsky himself, the historian Robert Service simply will not have it.
SERVICE: The idea that somehow a humane version of communism could have come out of Trotsky is pure romanticism.
The reply of onetime Trotskyist Christopher Hitchens? See for yourself.