National Sections of the L5I:

Revolutionary Party

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...

Building the Party - A parody of Leninism

One stick that SWP members repeatedly beat the rest of the left with is that they alone are "building the party". Every week in Socialist Worker a column records the week’s new recruits and urges more to join the revolutionary party. Read more...

Defending the dictatorship of the proletariat

After the Russian revolution the Bolsheviks tried to establish the 'dictatorship of the Proletariat' in Russia. History shows us that this degenerated terribly, leading to Stalinism - so were the Bolsheviks right in what they did? Read more...

Theses on the Early Stages of Party Building

These document, passed by the IEC in 1992, outlines the early stages of building a revolutionary party. It provides guidelines for revolutionaries work across the class struggle and how to establish a firm foundation in the working class

Also available in Italian here Read more...