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Albert Gates

Sees Error in Judd Column

(17 May 1948)

From Labor Action, Vol. 12 No. 20, 17 May 1948, p. 2.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’ Callaghan for the Encyclopaedia of Trotskyism On-Line (ETOL).

Dear Editor:

In Henry Judd’s column on the Italian elections, Labor Action, April 19, he wrote as follows:

“The Italian Stalinists seek to come to power legally and constitutionally. Above all, they would like to gain 51 per cent of the votes, form a government under the new Constitution – perhaps invite a few Nenni Stalino-Socialists and even some liberals to participate – and having peacefully gained control of the state apparatus, set about their job of building a totalitarian slate in Italy. This was their road in Czechoslovakia.”

Did Judd mean to say “this was NOT their road ...” It seems strange to learn now, following the articles in LA, that the road to Stalinist power there was the “legal apd constitutional” one. I am sure there must be some error.


Albert Gates,
Los Angeles

Response by Henry Judd

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