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The SWP and Trotskyism: Would Trotsky have joined the SWP?

The Socialist Workers Party has always made a point of distancing itself from "orthodox Trotskyism". Rather than describe itself as a Trotskyist organisation it claims merely to stand in the tradition of Trotsky or to "stem from" Trotskyism . Arthur Merton examines this claim. Read more...

The 1953 split in the Fourth International

Forty years ago, the Fourth International (FI) was rent by a substantial political debate over perspectives and orientation. A number of important sections (Britain, France, USA) set up the "International Committee of the Fourth International" in November 1953, in opposition to the majority "International Secretariat".

The split still reverberates today. Some of the international organisations which call themselves Trotskyist can claim to be the direct descendants of one or the other side, and virtually all of them have a clear view on the split. The split has become part of the mythology of Trotskyism, presented as a principled defence of "orthodox Trotskyism" against a political deviation led by one man ("Pablo") or as a damaging split which led to the subsequent and lasting weakness of the International. Read more...

Morenoism and the IWL: Opportunism and failed manoeuvres (History of Morenoism part 2)

Five years after the death of their leader, Nahuel Moreno, the International Workers’ League is undergoing its sharpest crisis yet. Jack Tully examines its record since its foundation in 1982 Read more...

Militant, Marxism and the state

At toy shops they sell a motorised car that rides along until it hits an obstacle then flips over and starts travelling in the opposite direction. The same thing has happened to the politics of Militant in recent months. Read more...

Grant and the CWI: Between Labourism and nationalism

Jeremy Dewar examines the fall out post-split and what the political trajectory of both wings of the Grantite tradition regarding the Scottish national question Read more...

CWI: After the split with Grant

Militant has split. Its long time political leader Ted Grant has left, taking an unknown number of supporters to form a new organisation. Reportedly the majority of Militant’s sympathising groups internationally have sided with Grant Only three years after publishing Grant’s writings as the “unbroken thread” of continuity with Lenin and Trotsky, Militant members now face the task of a thorough re elaboration of Trotskyism. Read more...

Militant and Labour - perspective in ruins

It would be possible to fill page after page with categorical predictions by the leadership of the Militant Tendency about the imminent triumph of its politics, all of which have been disproved by subs Read more...

After Walton: more excuses

In the aftermath of the Walton by-election a factional struggle has broken out within the ranks of Militant. Ted Grant, its founder and theoretician, now commands only a small section of its supporters and is seemingly bound for a split. The debate over standing independent candidates reveals deep flaws in the politics of both the Grant minority and Peter Taaffe’s majority faction, and calls into question the whole of Militant’s method. On the following pages we examine the roots of the argument. Here Paul Morris explains the tactical muddle Militant has created out of the Walton events. Read more...

Centrism in its dotage: USFI 1980-1991

Of all the international tendencies claiming to be “the” Fourth International (FI), the United Secretariat of the Fourth International (USFI) has the best claim on at least one score. All the other tendencies (the Lambertists, the Morenoites and the Healyites) are rooted in a national leadership that either left or was expelled from the FI during the period between 1951 and 1963. The USFI can claim an international leadership with a substantial continuity”at the level of personnel” with the young militants grouped around Michel Pablo who carried out the post-war reconstruction of the Inter-national. Read more...

The Poll Tax struggle: No strategy to win

“We live in exciting times” Socialist Worker told its members in it’s party column in May 1990. True enough. But in exciting times it is the duty of revolutionary Marxists to give a sober assessment of the situation and point the way forward for the working class. The Socialist Workers Party, argues Arthur Merton, has once again proved it can do neither. Read more...

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