Broken picture
of a broken man
lecturing broken dreams
of a broken century

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[ Leon Trotsky lecturing in Copenhagen (27 Nov 1932) ]
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Leon Trotsky lecturing on the Russian revolution, 27 November 1932, Copenhagen, Denmark. Photograph by Robert Capa (unauthorized reproduction, for educational purposes only!).
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Splotches and fissures in the image appear to be result of damage to the photographic negative: This adds yet another layer to this photograph's symbolization of the broken hopes of the 20th century -- what George Steiner called: "The Century of Barbed Wire".
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[ ] "...the end of a certain Europe, the definitive end of the hope of instituting charity in the guise of a regime, the end of the socialist hope. The end of socialism, in the horror of Stalinism, is the greatest spiritual crisis in modern Europe. Marxism represented a generosity, whatever the way in which one understands the materialist doctrine which is its basis. There is in Marxism a recognition of the other; there is certainly the idea that the other must himself struggle for this recognition, that the other must become egoist. But the noble hope consists in healing everything, in installing, beyond the chance of individual charity, a regime without evil. And the regime of charity becomes Stalinism and [complicitous] Hitlerian horror...." (Emmanuel Levinas, Interview with Françoise Poirié, in Is it Righteous to Be?, Stanford Univ. Press, 2001, pp.80-81)
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