National Sections of the L5I:

Issues

Trade unions in Central Europe: fighting the market

In the old Stalinist states trade unions were a prison house for the workers they claimed to represent. Lesley Day charts the changes capitalist restoration has made. Read more...

150 years of the Communist Manifesto

1998 marks the 150th anniversary of the Communist Manifesto. Issued on the eve of Europe’s first co-ordinated wave of revolutionary struggles it remains an unparalleled exposition of the theory and practice of scientific socialism, writes Colin Lloyd Read more...

Hungary: capitalism triumphs

In 1989 the Hungarian Socialist Workers Party voted to dissolve itself and relinquish its monopoly of power. Eight years and two governments later many of the old Stalinist bureaucrats at that conference are at the helm of state as the country reintroduces capitalism. Keith Harvey maps out the country’s tortured journey back into the hands of imperialism Read more...

China: Stalinists draw near their capitalist goal

The last five years have seen a major change of gear in the Stalinists‘ drive towards capitalism, argues Peter Main Read more...

Globalisation: a new stage of world economy?

Have recent developments fundamentally changed the relationship between the economy and the nation state? Lesley Day surveys the debate. Read more...

Capitalist Development in South Korea and Taiwan

The “Tiger Economies” of Asia are presented as proof of capitalism’s ability to develop the Third World. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, their high growth rates have been called the “second shock for Marxism”. Michael Pröbsting examines the unique circumstances which allowed rapid growth in South Korea and Taiwan, and explains the limits of this model of development. Read more...

Trotsky and revolutionary unity: The fight for the Fourth International

Dave Stockton surveys Trotsky’s struggle against centrism in the 1930s Read more...

Against market socialism

Defending the very idea of socialism is one of the most important tasks for Marxists today. It has to be defended not only against its capitalist critics but also the theorists of “market socialism”. Although the ideological offensive of the free-marketeers in the 1980s was primarily aimed at the remnants of Keynesianism, their arguments originated as a critique of the economic policy of the early USSR. The dominance of the neo-liberals, and the paralysis and collapse of the Soviet Union, led many “socialist” economists to concede the need for market mechanisms even in a future socialist society. In the first two-part articles, Keith Harvey defends the need for socialist planning. Read more...