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Under the influence of his new mistress, Larissa Reissner, Radek withdrew from party politics, and in he became rector of Sun Yat-sen University in Moscow. When Larissa died in , Radek openly joined the Trotskyite opposition, with which he had long been identified; in he was expelled from the Bolshevik party and subsequently exiled to Siberia.
In Radek renounced Trotsky and returned to Moscow to become once again a major publicist—for Stalin—although he never recovered his Comintern or party posts. In he was arrested for treason, and in a show trial in January Radek was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment. Though rumors of his survival persisted, Radek apparently died in prison sometime in A collection of essays and pamphlets from Karl Radek, the Russian Communist who became a leader in the "Left Opposition" faction within the Bolshevik Party, advocating party democracy and a greater role for the rank-and-file trade unions in the Soviet state.
It has been suggested that when one is confronted with that unlovely spectacle, the revolutionary turned cautious, one should be very chary of attributing unworthy motives to him in explanation of the change, as the case of the seeming apostate is really one that calls for pathological investigation. An obvious objection to this view is that if the perversion is due to the operation of some as yet undiscovered disease, the peculiar malady generally strikes its victim at a time when he has just been made the recipient of some signal favor by his capitalist government.
However, in these days of disillusionments, one is sometimes tempted to believe that there may be some truth in the theory. The experience thatS ocialists had of seeing a number of men whom they had respected and looked up to as leaders coming out, one after another, in support of the late war, was calculated to damp considerably their faith in human nature.
There is, to be sure, the consolation that the plague of Intellectuals that has for so many years afflicted theS ocialist movement in Great Britain and other advanced capitalist countries, is likely to find its sphere of operations severely restricted in a time of future crisis. The shameful desertion of the principles professed during periods of comparative calm by the gentlemen who were kind enough to come down from their high estate and lead us, was too flagrant to escape the notice of even the least observant.
O ne of these champions of the proletariat, Mr. Hyndman, used to be very fond of telling us that the phenomenon of superior people like himself coming down to direct the movement of the workers, was one that was common throughout history. Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book. About the Publisher Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Tuck's work is an attempt at the rehabilitation of Karl Radek, a sidekick of Lenin's who fell victim to Stalin's vengeance in the s.
Writings of Karl Radek: The "Left Opposition" in Soviet Russia - Kindle edition by Karl Radek, Lenny Flank. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device. Archive of writings by Karl Radek. In a member of the Left Opposition; expelled from the party in as a result. The Paths of the Russian Revolution.
Though not a full-scale academic biography, it is satisfying and fast-moving without being superficial, and offers an intellectually intriguing thesis. Where others have seen betrayal, Tuck sees Radek the mischief maker. Although Radek implicated many guiltless people and testified to lies, Tuck argues Radek's performance was a master stroke of mischief making, turning the tables against Vyshinsky, showing up and revealing the truth about the show trials themselves.
A born iconoclast, he began his career by attacking established political orders and ended it by defending one of the world's most blatant tyrannies.