Written: 28 May 1940.
First Published: Fourth International, Vol.1 No.5, October 1940, p.124.
Transcription/HTML Markup: David Walters.
Copyleft: Leon Trotsky Internet Archive (www.marxists.org) 2002. Permission is granted to copy and/or distribute this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.
(Trotsky had nearly completed the Manifesto of the Fourth International on The Imperialist War and the Proletarian Revolution, when the May 24 machine-gun attack on his house occurred. The Manifesto was adopted by the Emergency Conference of the International and is available in pamphlet form. “Comrade Hank” arrived to supervise reorganization of the defenses of the household.)
May 28, 1940
You have now, I hope, the full text of the Manifesto in English. I was very sorry about the delay occasioned one time by a bad state of health, then by the length of the document and finally by the attempt. If you have already approved the document, as I hope (with some changes possibly), it is necessary in my opinion to undertake immediately a serious international action on the basis of the Manifesto. My general proposals are as follows:
The length of the document is determined by the necessity to present again our whole program in connection with the war. The Party cannot preserve its tradition without periodical repetitions of the general ideas of our program.
I hope to receive the text of the translation before its publication because secondary misunderstandings are inevitable in a text of such length.
P.S. Comrade Hank came just in time. Not necessary to say how useful was his presence here this week.
The resignation of Burnham is, an excellent confirmation of our analysis and prognosis concerning the ex-Minority. We don’t believe that it is the last separation. – L. T.
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