I hear quite a lot, “Communism is a great idea in theory, but it doesn’t work”. Most of the opinions are based on the Stalin regime, and the failed bureaucracy in the old CCCP.
The purpose of this web site is to provide an overall view of the ideas and struggles of Leon Trotsky. Trotsky played a leading role, together with Lenin, during the 1917 Russian Revolution. It was Trotsky who organised the Red Army as well as the fightback against all the forces of reaction that were attempting to strangle the revolution in blood.The Revolution Betrayed – a Marxist masterpiece – a review by Alan Woods
After the Civil War and the death of Lenin, unfortunately the Soviet Union remained isolated. One revolution after another (Germany 1918, Hungary 1919, Italy 1920 and so on…) was defeated. The economy the Bolsheviks had inherited from Tsarism was extremely underdeveloped. And in isolation from the rest of the world, this meant that the material conditions for a rapid advance towards socialism did not exist…more? Click the link…
For another story of his life, and coming from a third party, here is the wikipedia link.