Trotsky:
By this point, I just couldn’t stand all the bureaucracy in the party- I mean, Marxism states that decisions are supposedly made by representatives of the proletariat, not officials! So, I said that the party was losing revolutionary spirit, making me unpopular. In early 1924, I was already disfavored by the party, facing the triumvirate of Stalin, Zinoviev and Kamenev. My unpopularity also showed in the small number of votes I got in the Thirteenth Party Conference in 1924.

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