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This chapter examines the nature of the “socialism in one country” being built by the Stalinist bureaucracy in the Soviet Union. It examines the rising levels of state terror and state repression deployed by Stalin against workers and peasants under the guise of fighting the official enemy of “Trotskyism.” As James writes, “deprived of Trade Unions and Press, their Soviets being merely a screen for the manipulation of Stalin’s monolithic party, the workers were helpless.”

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