Talk:Leon Trotsky

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Former featured article candidate Leon Trotsky is a former featured article candidate. Please view the links under Article milestones below to see why the nomination failed. For older candidates, please check the archive.
January 27, 2006 Featured article candidate Not promoted


There is a photograph of Trotsky, being cremated. This should be in the article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:29, 23 February 2016 (UTC)

Definite article[edit]

To maintain consistency with the Wikipedia page titled Name of Ukraine [1] and with style guides from both the AP and NY Times, should the article "the" be removed from the statement indicating that Trotsky was born in Ukraine? Tmfast (talk) 12:03, 30 March 2016 (UTC)

First Name[edit]

His first name was Lev, yet the article is titled Leon and refers to him throughout by this name. There may be a good reason for this, but none is given. An explanation is required. (talk) 01:00, 12 April 2016 (UTC)

Directly taken from the text:"Until this point in his life, Trotsky had used his birth name—Lev or Leon Bronstein." In other words, his name was both Lev and Leon.

Incomplete description of "permanent revolution" theory[edit]

Currently, the article does not explain Trotsky's theory of permanent revolution fully and it gives an incomplete position of what the different factions were actually claiming.

Trotsky's theory of permanent revolution was that the Bolshevik Revolution would fail if there were not simultaneous revolutions across the most economically developed European nations and only in such a scenario could it be entrenched firmly. He did not believe that socialism could be upheld in one country and then be forwarded internationally from there.

From reading the article you get the idea that Trotsky advocated some sort of eternal revolution and Stalin just said, wow there, lets just have Socialism in One Country and call it a day. That isn't what they were arguing about at all, or what either term means. It isn't about nationalism, as is crypt-suggested by anti-Stalin polemicists or spotty kids with anarchy t-shirts. Additionally, the term "Stalinism" is anti-communist/imperialist propaganda, it exists only as a snarl word or epithet, there is no such thing and so it should not be in the intro of this article. Claíomh Solais (talk) 11:25, 12 April 2017 (UTC)

This would be solved if a link to the Wikipedia article on permanent revolution was added. Oh yeah - it is.

a Soviet politician who engineered the transfer of all political power to the Soviets.[2][edit]

Is it practice to cite the subject of the article themselves as verification of their achievements? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:17, 1 May 2017 (UTC)

  1. ^