Transitional Programme: The Death Agony of capitalism and the
Tasks of the Fourth International.
Arraingeacha Bais an Chaipitleachais agus Cúraimí an Cheathrú
by Leon Trotscaí
An historic work published
for the first time As Gaeilge
published by DR O'Connor Lysaght,
63 p, € 5
Leon Trotsky was a major leader
of the Russian revolution in 1917, a revolution that gave hope to
people around the world that they could build a new life on the ruins of
capitalism after the first world war. Decades later, however, the dream
had faded. There were revolutionary opportunities in different countries,
but they failed. In Russia itself, the group led by Stalin came to power
as they trampled the ideals of the revolution. Trotsky was exiled, finally
seeking asylum in Mexico.
But Trotsky did not abandon
the revolution. He believed the working class could eliminate the unjust
system that was destroying the world. He fought to keep the dream alive,
and he asked people to organize to build for it. In 1938 he wrote The Transitional
Programme to link everyday struggles with the objective of the revolution.
This has been a guide to revolutionaries
the world over the past 75 years, and is known as a major document in the
canon of socialism. The Irish translation is available here for the first
time. Now that the catastrophic instabilities of the capitalist system
are emerging again, the timing of its publication could not be more appropriate.