National Sections of the L5I:

History

Indonesia 1965 - The road to a bloodbath

To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Indonesian counter-revolution, we reproduce here an account of that period first published in 1998 after the downfall of President Suharto, who led that Read more...

From Civil Rights to Black Power

On the evening of 1 December 1955, a Black woman passenger in a bus in Montgomery, Alabama started a revolution. Read more...

The Assassination of Leon Trotsky

On the 75th Anniversary of the death of Leon Trotsky, we present here a chapter of a hitherto unpublished work by Simon Hardy and Dave Stockton on the History of the Left Opposition and Fourth Interna Read more...

4 August 1914: the betrayal of the Second International

THE SECOND International, founded in 1889, was an organisation of the world’s socialist, social democratic and labour parties. Read more...

The Lessons of Chile; Popular Unity 1970-1973

The Chilean coup of September 11, 1973, was the most severe defeat suffered by the international working class of the post-war epoch. Read more...

The Indian Trade-Union Movement – a short overview

Uslan Yentik provides a history of the various trade union federations in India and the work of the New Trade Union Initiative Read more...

Ten years since 9/11

Rix Bragg reflects on the legacy of 9/11 ten years on. Read more...

The Lesson of Spain by Leon Trotsky

Seventy five years ago the Spanish revolution began as the working class and Republican forces fought to defend Spain from General Franco and his fascists army. Leon Trotsky wrote this article in July 1936, published in the US Socialist Magazine Socialist Appeal, where he outlines a way forward for the revolution and warns of the dangers of counter-revolutioanry Stalinism. Read more...

The Bolsheviks, the Red Army and the Russian Civil War

In 1917 the working class took power in Russia with remarkably little resistance from the bosses. But shortly afterwards the capitalists regrouped and gathered support from the imperialist powers to wage a bloody war on the young communist regime that became known as the Russian Civil War. Ninety years ago in 1919 was a key turning point when the Red Army turned the tide on the reactionary Whites. Jens-Hugo Nyberg takes the opportunity to recount these events and consider the lessons for defending future workers’ revolutions. Read more...

毛泽东与中国革命

摘自《退化的革命》
中国共产党成为一个以农民和大规模游击队作为基础的领导阶级的历史始于1926年至1930年的那次中国无产阶级的历史性失败。1923至1924年间,迫于共产国际的代表们在1922年以来所施与的巨大压力,中国共产党以次要角色的身份加入了当时的执政党,国民党(KMT)。1926年3月20日,蒋介石在广东发动了政变,使得当时中国共产党的党中央受到影响。在共产党的协助下,蒋介石在政变中解除了其时由香港-广东罢工委员会控制的工人们的武装。 Read more...