Americans' understanding of Trotsky and Stalin, c. 1937?

In 1937, Time magazine put Harry Bridges on its cover and gave him several pages.  The subtitle on the cover was, "A Trotsky to Lewis' Stalin?"  In the accompanying article, that peculiar comment was repeated but not explained:  "Both Harry Bridges and John Lewis are working for Labor, both believe in political action by Labor. But their thinking processes are as different as those of Trotsky and Stalin."  

Re: Hand Grenade for March 2018

As I understand, in “neorealistic” political theories, especially John Mearsheimer’s “aggressive realism”, the modern great powers never really choose a war at all, but the latter is always a response to a perceived threat. Of course, the perception of threat in each particular case might be wrong, but it’s never about a really free choice.

I wonder if the same can be said about the great conquerors of yore. Was Alexander’s push to the East or Genghis Khan’s to the West a matter of free choice, a was it also a response to a perceived danger?

Leon Shousterman, Israel.

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