National Sections of the L5I:

Revolutionary Party

French workers invite themselves into the presidential campaign

Marc Lasalle and Dave Stockton Read more...

How should we organise against capitalism: Networks or a Party?

The great recession has tested working class parties to the limit. Almost every social democratic and labour party has repositioned itself in favour of cuts and austerity. For a new generation of fighters, the Occupy movement and last year's student rebellion seem to offer a way to beat the system without parties. Dave Stockton looks at the arguments Read more...

Sverdlov: 'The best type of Bolshevik'

Simon Hardy looks at the life of Yakov Sverdlov, a key Bolshevik leader during the Russian revolution Read more...

The method and principles of communist organisation

This document aims to summarise Leninist-Trotskyist thinking on certain critical questions of communist organisation. Read more...

How the Bolsheviks won leadership of the masses

The Russian workers, particularly those in Petrograd, had suffered a very real setback after the mass street demonstrations of the July Days (3-4 July according to the Julian calendar). Although the Bolsheviks had opposed any attempt to seize power as premature, given the balance of class forces across Russia, they had demonstrated at the head of the armed masses. Now as the demonstrators dispersed, recovering from its fright, the Provisional Government went onto the offensive. The bourgeois press accused the Bolsheviks of leading a failed putsch, slandered their leaders, like Lenin and Zinoviev, as “German agents” attempting to sabotage the Russian military offensive then underway. Read more...

Parliament: Bolsheviks in the Duma

How should revolutionary socialists act in parliament? Should we risk legitimising powerless legislative bodies? And how do we stop the workers’ MPs from being corrupted in the bosses’ parliaments? These were some of the problems faced by the Bolsheviks before the First World War. Read more...

100 years on: the relevance of permanent revolution

Luke Cooper reviews 100 Years of Permanent Revolution: Results and Prospects, edited by Bill Dunn and Hugo Radice, published by Pluto Press, 2006 Read more...

Why we need a Fifth International

Vast mobilisations against international financial institutions, continental counter-summits, Social Forums of scores of thousands, cross-border actions and joint days of action - all these have changed the shape of the class struggle. Read more...

The revolutionary programme

What is the revolutionary programme and why is it important? Because it is the key to building a revolutionary party and waging a successful struggle against capitalism, argues Mark Harrison Read more...

The Leninist Party and Democratic Centralism

“The party is not an arena for the assertion of free individuality, but an instrument of the proletarian revolution”.

Trotsky’s words from 1939 form the background against which Lenin himself approached the question of democracy in the revolutionary party.

As Dave Stockton explains, Lenin’s views on the balance between centralism and democracy in the party were forged concretely in the struggle for a revolutionary programme in the fight against Russian Tsarism Read more...