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American Committee for the Defense of Leon Trotsky. World voices on the Moscow trials - Image 34. 1936?. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 14, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/3054/show/3019.

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American Committee for the Defense of Leon Trotsky. (1936?). World voices on the Moscow trials - Image 34. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/3054/show/3019

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Title World voices on the Moscow trials
Alternative Title World voices on the Moscow trials: a compilation from the labor and liberal press of the world
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  • American Committee for the Defense of Leon Trotsky
Publisher Pioneer Publishers
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • New York, New York
Date 1936?
Subject.Name (LCNAF)
  • Trotsky, Leon, 1879-1940
  • Zinovyev, Grigory Yevseyevich, 1883-1936
  • Kamenev, Lev Borisovich, 1883-1936
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  • pamphlets
Language English
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  • Image
Original Item Extent 64 pages: 1 illustration; 20 cm
Original Item Location DK266.3.A45
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b8304404~S11
Original Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
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Transcript sian citizens. But such a maneuver can fool only intellectuals devoid of any critical sense and suffering from the mental sickness called "juridical cretinism." Juridical cretinism consists especially of the habit of considering the laws of a country as the exact representation of the social relations obtaining among the citizens of that country. It is this juridical cretinism that explains, for example, the mental feebleness of those intellectuals who go to Italy, study the country's Fascist laws and come home convinced that there is no longer any capitalism in Italy, as it was abolished there by these same Fascist laws. And should such a traveler chance to go to France, he would return as deeply convinced that the ideals of "Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity" form the basis of the social relationships existing in France, since those are the fateful words that he will see on all government stationery, on all courthouses, on all schoolhouses and over all public comfort stations. Socialist criticism, since its foundation by Marx and Engels, has warned us against this disease of juridical cretinism. Socialists have always said that we cannot judge a country as a society by its laws but only by the real social relationships existing among human beings. Emil Ludwig, Lion Feuchtwanger and Jacob Buehrer go into raptures over the new Soviet Constitution (too much must not be expected from literary folk). But no Socialist industrial or agricultural worker who has been inoculated with Marxist understanding, and has thus been made immune to juridical cretinism, will place any faith in the abstract paragraphs of the Soviet Constitution. In view of the August slaughter-fest, he will also ask: "What has become of the Russian Revolution? What are the objective reasons for this aggravation of the inner contradictions in the Soviet Union?" I have the feeling of committing by means of this letter (I have made certain that it will find publication) an act of justice toward all my friends and readers who have learned to know me and have become acquainted with my way of thinking. I am enabled to speak frankly on the matter especially because there is no connection between me and the executed Russian revolutionaries, whom, by the way, I hold just as responsible as the others for the present state of affairs in Russia. In this letter I express solidarity with neither one or another Russian faction. This letter is a necessary act springing logically from my general anti-fascist position. If I remained silent now I should not have the courage to write another single line against the Fascist dictatorships. 32