The other history of American Trotskyism: Workers' Liberty 3/8

Workers' Liberty 3/8: the other history of American Trotskyism

Submitted by Anon on 25 November, 2006 - 1:13

In the mythic tale Shachtman played the role of the bad angel, Lucifer, the once-luminous lieutenant who rose in revolt against Trotsky, and against “the programme of the Fourth International”; and who was driven out of the ‘official’ Trotskyist movement to live a life of apostasy, sin, renegacy. Cannon was cast as the faithful Archangel, the Gabriel of Trotskyism, the incorruptible warrior for Trotsky and the working-class, the paragon of loyalty to "The Programme of the Fourth International." Download the whole supplement here (see "attachment").

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What is the role of a revolutionary organisation?

Submitted by Anon on 18 June, 2007 - 5:15 Author: Max Shachtman

It is an axiom by now that the defeats and setbacks suffered by the working class throughout the world [in the Twentieth Century] have been due not to the vigour and stability of the exisiting social order, but to the absence or immaturity of the conscious revolutionary vanguard.

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Twenty Five Years of American Trotskyism

Submitted by Anon on 4 November, 2006 - 5:01

It is now twenty-five years since the Trotskyist movement was launched in the United States under circumstances which had already ceased to be unusual for that movement. The date was 27 October 1928.

On that day, an enlarged session of the Political Committee of the Communist Party, upon hearing a statement by three members of the party’s Central Committee in which they aligned themselves with the then Russian (or Trotskyist) Opposition, voted to expel the three from the party: James P Cannon, Martin Abern, and Max Shachtman (an alternate member).

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The 1940 Split in the SWP (USA) and the Founding of the Workers’ Party

Submitted by Anon on 4 November, 2006 - 4:43

By Max Shachtman

The Workers Party was organised as a result of the factional struggle that broke out in the American Trotskyist movement (the Socialist Workers Party and its youth organisation) when the Second World War began, and ended in a split. Those who founded the new party had reason to be confident.

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Natalia Trotsky’s indictment of Cannon’s Fourth International

Submitted by Anon on 4 November, 2006 - 4:42

By Max Shachtman

The letter of Natalia Sedova Trotsky, in which she breaks off relations with the Fourth International and with the Socialist Workers Party, is a document of outstanding political importance.

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