National Sections of the L5I:

Fourth International

An introduction to Trotskyism

In 1937-38 Stalin put on trial the last remaining leaders of the Russian Revolution and most of the Red Army General Staff. They were convicted, amongst other things, of being “Trotskyists”, and shot. Read more...

Argentine elections: which way forward for the left

By Christian Gebhardt Read more...

A Critic of Trotskyism

Pham Binh, an American socialist, has written a series of articles criticising far left groups on his Planet Anarchy website. Read more...

The Assassination of Leon Trotsky

August 20 and 21 mark the seventieth anniversary of the assassination and death of Leon Trotsky, next to Lenin the greatest revolutionary of the twentieth century. Simon Hardy, in a chapter from a forthcoming book, records how Stalin and his gangsters brought this about. (Click here to see Simon on Russia Today talking about the legacy of Trotsky today). Read more...

The place of Trotsky in history

In the first of two articles, we reproduce extracts from Richard Brenner’s recently republished book, Trotsky - an introduction Read more...

Stalinism and Bolshevism

Stalin's grandson, Yevgeny Dzhugashvili, wants 10 million roubles ($335,800) compensation from the Novaya Gazeta newspaper because they published an article in April 2009 which claimed that Stalin was responsible for thousands of deaths in Russia. This follows from a nationwide poll in 2008 which voted Stalin the third most popular Russian of all time. In first place was Alexander Nevsky a 13th century prince, and in second place Pyotr Stolypin, a 20th century prime minister. All of these attempts to rehabilitate Stalin is something that socialists actively oppose.

This article was written by Leon Trotsky in August 1937, at the height of the Moscow show trials, to dispel the myth that Stalinism was simply the natural progression of Bolshevism. Read more...

James P Cannon and the fight for communism in the USA

Bryan D Palmer, a Canadian based professor and writer on the history of the North American labour movement, has published the first volume of his James Cannon biography, James P Cannon and the Origins of the American Revolutionary Left (1890-1974) Illinois, 2007. Simon Hardy reviews its lessons for today Read more...

Obituary - Wang Fan-hsi, 1907-2002

Wang Fan-hsi, a key leader of the Chinese Trotskyists has died. Peter Main surveys the life and struggles of the veteran Trotskyist Read more...