National Sections of the L5I:

Permanent Revolution 01

Reformism and the workers' movement - Introduction

The fundamentals of the Marxist critique of reformism were worked out by the founders and developers of scientific communism. Marx and Engels laid the foundations of this at the time of the Communist League in its famous Manifesto. They developed this critique in struggles within the First International and in their exchanges with the leaders of the early German Social Democracy (SPD). Read more...

Political parties and the working class

Political parties are organised bodies which have the goal of expressing common social interests and political conceptions concerning the organisation of the state, society and the economy. Read more...

The strategy of reformist parties

The reformist party is bourgeois in its goal and in its strategy. Read more...

Revolutionary tactics towards reformism

The onset of crisis has, historically, always been accompanied by working class struggle to defend past gains and to maintain living standards. Read more...

The United Front

The effective use of tactics to defeat reformism requires a firm grasp of the strategy of which these tactics are a component part. The series of related tactics that have become known as the united front must not be allowed to usurp their subordinate function. Read more...

The Labour Party Tactic

A democratic centralist cadre party is an absolute necessity if the struggles of the working class are to be led towards a centralised offensive against the bourgeois state power. Read more...

The Affiliation Tactic

The political flux to which revolutionaries attempt to relate via the Labor Party tactic, exists not only during the period before the creation of such a party. Read more...

The Entry Tactic

From 1934 Trotsky developed a tactic which involved the total entry of the Bolshevik-Leninists (the name used by Trotskyists at that time) into social democratic and centrist parties. Read more...

Critical electoral support for reformist parties

It is an essential purpose of the united front tactic to break the mass of reformist – influenced workers from their leaders and unite with communists. Read more...

The Workers' Government

The Fourth Congress of the Communist International recognised that in countries where the relationship of forces between reformist parties and the openly bourgeois parties raised the question of which should form the government, the slogan of a workers' government, "follows inevitably from the entire united front tactic." Read more...