A socialist (not a communist) who follows the political ideas of intellectual Soviet Revolutionary and writer Leon Trotsky. Trotsky belived that democracy can not survive in a capitalist system (because it will be overtaken by the oppressive elite, sound familiar?), and that socialism can not exist without regular democratic elections (because it will be overtaken by a egomaniacal fascist piece of shit like Stalin, Lenin, or Mao). They also belive that the ultimate goal of socialism is to bring about world peace and create a global community where all people are equal. Naturally, Trotskyists (or trots) are hated by both right wing AND left wing fascists.
Socialism needs democracy like the human body needs oxygen. - Leon Trotsky, the original Trotskyist.
by Rev. Lee August 06, 2006
Hated equally by both Stalinists and Anarchists, Trotskyists have all the worse traits that ML's have and if Trotsky had been in power he would have been just as ruthless as Stalin. During the Russian Civil War Trotsky commanded the red army and in a campaign against Ukrainian anarchists he slaughtered many innocent peasants who supported the anarchists. Trotskyists support the Bolshevik power grab during the Russian Revolution and their political philosophy of vanguardism, "democratic" centralism and state capitalism. Most trotskyists probably became so because they read animal farm.
Both Anarchists and Marxist-Leninists will make ice pick jokes while the Trotskyist sits alone in the corner of the bar.
by Black and Red Tank March 07, 2018
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