International dialogue and collaboration

Draft statement, 10 November 2003 (English)

Published on: Mon, 06/10/2003 - 11:42

Draft statement for the international Workers' Liberty meeting called by the AWL in Paris on 10 November 2003.

1. There are openings for the growth of the revolutionary left such as we have not had for two decades.
The rise of the global anti-capitalist movements, the tremendous upsurge of opposition to Bush's and Blair's war on Iraq, the growth of new workers' movements in the ex-colonial world, and the limited revival of real trade unionism in some older industrialised countries, have combined to create this situation.

2. Unfortunately the united left organisation the working class needs

Projet des bases politiques (francais)

Published on: Thu, 10/07/2003 - 11:48

Projet des bases politiques, rédigé par l'AWL pour la réunion international de 10 novembre 2003 à Paris. Nouvelle traduction (pour laquelle nous remercions Yves Coleman).

1. Il existe aujourd'hui des ouvertures pour la gauche révolutionnaire telles que nous n'en avons pas connu depuis deux décennies. La formidable vague d'opposition à la guerre de Bush et Blair contre l'Irak, la montée des mouvements anticapitalistes, la croissance des nouveaux mouvements ouvriers dans les ex-pays coloniaux et le renouveau encore limité mais significatif d’un authentique syndicalisme dans quelques vieilles

Why has the ISO collapsed?

Published on: Tue, 16/04/2019 - 14:58
Author

Martin Thomas

On our last count, Stephen Wood’s piece on the collapse of the USA’s International Socialist Organization was the most-read of Solidarity’s articles on our website.

In the next issue of Solidarity we hope to have further coverage from one of our people who is in Chicago for a while, and will have a chance to talk face-to-face with ex-ISOers and other left-wingers who’ve been able to observe the ISO up close. Chicago was the ISO’s main base.

As yet, there are many questions about the ISO collapse to which we can’t even guess answers. It’s a strange business.

The French Trotskyist group which is

The new opposition in the post-Mandelite Fourth International

Published on: Wed, 09/08/2017 - 11:28
Author

Martin Thomas

1. How the Fourth International's world view was shattered in 1989-91

Since the 1990s, the "Fourth International" has become more and more like a loosely-Marxist think-tank, or association of think-tanks, geared to left social democracy.

"Fourth International" here refers to the international network associated with the ideas of Ernest Mandel, otherwise called "USFI" or "United Secretariat of the Fourth International", though it ceased to have a leading body called "United Secretariat" as long ago as 2003.

In 1967, the "Mandelite" current had celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Russian

L'Etincelle conference report: learning from French Trotskyists

Published on: Wed, 01/02/2017 - 13:14
Author

Zac

On 19-20 November two Workers' Liberty activists attended the annual congress of the small French Trotskyist group L’Etincelle.

L’Etincelle originated in the ‘90s as a faction of ‘Lutte Ouvriere’, a larger Trotskyist organisation that expelled them in 2008. Shortly after it joined the newly founded ‘New Anti-Capitalist Party’. They have a strong work-place orientation. They discussed their own activities and the wider situation, heard international reports, and held elections.

The detail discussion of L’Etincelle’s activity covered: Organisational Statistics, Finance, the magazine, bulletins

Leaving principles for later?

Published on: Wed, 18/05/2016 - 10:54
Author

Martin Thomas

At the Lutte Ouvriere fete on 14-16 May, we met comrades from IZAR (Revolutionary Anti-Capitalist Left), a group expelled in 2015 from the “Mandelite” (Fourth International) organisation in Spain because they called for a stance more independent from the leadership of Podemos, the new broad leftish party.

The following critique is part of a document published by IZAR with sympathisers in France, the USA, Germany, Greece, and Italy.

“There has been no balance-sheet on the many attempts to build ‘broad parties’ over the last 25 years by the sections of the Fourth International.

“Whether in

Lutte Ouvrière fete, 14-16 May 2016

Published on: Sun, 15/05/2016 - 16:08
Author

Martin Thomas

The annual fete organised by the French revolutionary socialist group Lutte Ouvriere in grounds in a village near Paris drew large crowds again this year on 14-16 May 2016.

LO has organised this fete at the Whit holiday weekend, first at Meriel and then at Presles, and it draws between 20,000 and 30,000 people each year.

LO offers other revolutionary socialist groups the facility to run stalls and forums at the fete. Workers' Liberty ran a stall and a forum this year, as we (or our forerunners) have done almost every year since the early 70s, and a number of friends of Workers' Liberty came to

Meeting the international left

Published on: Tue, 01/09/2015 - 17:02
Author

Omar Raii

From Sunday 26 July to Saturday 1 August, the 32nd International Youth Camp, organised by the Fourth International, was held in Kasterlee, near Antwerp in Belgium.

Delegations were present from France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Greece, Denmark, Switzerland, the UK, America and others. The UK delegation was about 20 people, including me, Ella and Ruth from Workers' Liberty, as well as comrades from Left Unity, NCAFC, and Socialist Resistance.

The political content of the week was divided up into 5 sections, each day being a different topic. Crisis/Youth/Class, Ecosocialism, Feminism,

Marxist Revival No. 3

Published on: Mon, 20/07/2015 - 14:08

Use the paypal button below to purchase the 3rd edition of Marxist Revival magazine, a regular magazine of debate and discussion amongst Marxist groups internationally.


Alternatively, click below to download the pdf.

Greece: break the stalemate

Published on: Tue, 02/06/2015 - 17:39
Author

Gemma Short

Workers’ Liberty members Edward Maltby and Gemma Short went to Athens, Greece, from 25 – 29 May to meet and interview activists inside and outside Syriza. We will be publishing interviews in our paper and online soon.


There are some signs of the years of austerity in Athens; building projects have been left unfinished; empty buildings are left to fall into disrepair; pavements and roads in some districts are cracked and overgrown with weeds and grass. But there is a shiny new extension to the metro, opened only two years ago, and we saw no more people living or begging on the street than might

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