CEYLON: From Trotsky to Groucho

Marxist dialectics reached interesting heights of confusion last week in the election of a deputy mayor of Colombo (pop. 355,000), capital of the island nation of Ceylon.

Colombo's city council, which elects the mayor and deputy mayor, has four major parties: United Nationalists (conservative), Communists, and two brands of Trotskyites. For deputy mayor, the Communists had to choose between a Trotskyite and an independent with Nationalist support.

They plumped for the Trotskyite and their three votes elected him.

This decision was a grave ideological error. Within hours, they were denounced by Ceylon's Communist...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!