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The Marxist Tony Cliff quotes from original sources, showing just how much those in opposition agreed with Stalin, despite nominally being against his methods and some of his policies, in his book on Trotsky, "Trotsky: The darker the night the brighter the star: 1927-1940", chapter 4,
Read from “In addition to the 400 Oppositionists” through to the quote following “While practical implementation of the Five-Year Plan was criticised, basic support was given to the main thrust of the policy."
Indeed, the opposition was in agreement with the main policies of the party. What might a feasible alternative involve? Would any opposition have to give up on the ideals and goals of the party line - the ends - if they reject these means? Why or why not?