This article was written to mark the 50th anniversary of the Fourth International in 1988.
Just as the main body of the
Communist International came
out of the Second International,
so the roots of the Fourth Inter-
national are to be traced to the
beginnings of the crisis in the
On Friday 18 October, Marxist political philosopher Norman Geras died of cancer at the age of 70.
"The impact of the bomb was so terrific that prac-
tically all living things, human and animal, were liter-
ally seared to death by the tremendous heat and pres-
sure engendered by the blast."
After flirting with the Occupy movement in London, I found myself swerving into the Marxist school of thought.
In January 1919 Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, the two most prominent leaders of the German revolutionary movement, were savagely murdered in Berlin.
THE ECLIPSE OF THE INTERNATIONAL
Three people aroud a table in a back-street pub between Kings Cross and Euston stations.
In 1988 the SWP suddenly became very 'anti-imperialist'. It became a loud cheerleader for what it sees as progressive or revolutionary nationalisms.
How did the Trotskyist left in Britain come to be scattered and divided into hostile and competing groups?