Who are the Fifth Internationalists?
The League for the Fifth International is a revolutionary organisation. Our goal is to build a world party of socialist revolution, fighting across the world for an end to capitalism and for socialism. We base our programme – From Protest to Power – and our day to day policies on the works of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Trotsky, on the revolutionary documents of the first four congresses of the Third International and the Transitional Programme of the Fourth International published in 1938.
The working class has had four previous working class international parties. We are not the Fifth International – we are an international revolutionary tendency of groups fighting for it. The struggle against capitalism is an international struggle, as Marx wrote in 1848, the working class has no country. The fight against capitalism must be an international one, uniting socialists across the world in resistance to the system.
The League has sections in Austria, Brazil, Britain, Germany, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sweden and the USA. We have supporters in many other countries across the world. In Europe we campaign within the trade unions and social movements, uniting young people and workers across the continent. In Sri Lanka our comrades lead trade unions and have a long history of supporting the Tamils against the chauvinist government. In Pakistan our section was born in the pro democracy movement against dictatorship and now actively opposes the war on terror and supports trade union struggles against the endemic poverty.
We stand for working class independence and consistent revolutionary politics. Within the social movements which have emerged against capitalism, war and poverty the League for the Fifth International has argued for a clear socialist perspective. We support all progressive steps forward for the working class and oppressed people in their fight against capitalism and imperialism.
We work alongside REVOLUTION, the socialist youth movement, who organise young people in countries as diverse as the US and Nepal against capitalism.
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1.1. Last year the international arena saw:
• an intensification of class contradictions and militant struggles, including major class battles in continental Europe and pre- revolutionary situations in Latin America
• the re-election of George Bush and thus the possibility if not the certainly of continued wars and upheavals
• the unravelling of the occupation of Iraq and the development of mass resistance and a popular uprising, facing the US and Britain with the spectre of defeat Read more...
A - The world at a turning point
1. 1989-90 marked the triumph of the USA in the second cold war which reinforced the new phase of the imperialist epoch - globalisation. Neoliberal policies had been in operation for over a decade in the advanced capitalist countries and in some of the semi-colonial countries of the “Third World”. Henceforth they were to be unleashed on the entire planet. Read more...
Statutes of the League for the Fifth International
Adopted by the Third Congress of the League for a Revolutionary Communist International (LRCI) in August 1994. Amended to change the name of the League and its publication after the Sixth Congress (2003) Read more...
The Fifth Congress of the League for a Revolutionary Communist International (LRCI), in July 2000, discussed the meaning and significance of the shift back to capitalism in Eastern Europe and the former USSR following the collapse of Stalinism in the period 1989-1991.
After a sharp debate, the delegates concluded by a clear majority that elements of the LRCI's previous analysis had proved to be "radically i false and misleading". In particular, the Congress rejected the theory advanced by the LRCI of the "moribund workers' state" - a term we used to describe a state in which capitalism had not yet been fully restored as a social system but in which a counterrevolutionary government was actively seeking to restore capitalism.
Here we print the resolution of the Fifth Congress below, edited with additional explanatory material by Richard Brenner. Read more...
At the end of 1993 a group of comrades inside the Socialist Party (SP), Swedish section of the United Secretariat of the Fourth International (USFI), formed a tendency to fight the right centrism of the party leadership. We named ourselves the “Against the Stream” tendency (ATS). As a tendency we fought against the revision of the party’s programme, which was being adopted at a Congress early this year. At that Congress, ATS received 30% of the delegates’ votes for an alternative “Fundamental Principles” document. One member of the tendency was elected onto the leadership. Read more...
Fifty delegates from eight countries, spanning three continents, met near Prague last month at the
Third Congress of the League for a Revolutionary Communist International. Dave Stockton reports
on the Congress and below we print a summary of the International Political and Economic
Perspectives passed by the Congress. Read more...