[Introductary note: Max Shachtman chaired the founding conference of the Fourth International, in Paris in September 1938.
Party and class
The articles in which we first argued for the use of the slogan "workers' government", in April 1980.
From Workers' Action nos.173-5, 19 April, 26 April, and 10 May 1980.
Can groups of activists who recoil from building political organisations and organise instead around academic journals or in friendship circles play a useful role in building the left?
"The great thing is to get the working class to move as a class; that once obtained, they will soon find the right direction, and all who resist will be left out in the cold with small sects of their own."
Critics often accuse revolutionary socialists of being “out of touch with reality”.
I doubt that the most ardent protagonist of “Twitter revolutions” would disgree with Eric Lee’s statement (“How Twitter is like a horse”, Solidarity 197) that social media such as Twitter and Facebook are tools.
A complete account of Bolshevism would require many shelves-worth of books.
Excerpts from Lenin, Trotsky, Gramsci, Cannon, Deutscher, and documents of the Communist International and the Fourth International. Download pdf.
In a 1931 article, Leon Trotsky discussed what exactly defines a revolutionary situation - a situation where a working-class revolution is possible in the short term - from a general situation of capitalist disarray and mass discontent. Appendix: Lenin on what makes a revolutionary situation, from Left Wing Communism.