National Sections of the L5I:

First International

How can we be free? The meaning of Karl Marx’s struggle with Mikhail Bakunin

Jeremy Dewar looks at the struggle in the First International between Marx and Bakunin, scientific socialism and anarchism and what it means today. Read more...

1864: International Working Mens Association

The International Working Men’s Association (IWMA), later to be known as the First International, was founded on 28 September 1864 at St Martin’s Hall in London. It lasted only 12 years yet had an enormous influence of the world workers movement. It was the first organisation that tried to guide and lead the struggle for socialism on a world scale. Read more...

150 years of the Communist Manifesto

1998 marks the 150th anniversary of the Communist Manifesto. Issued on the eve of Europe’s first co-ordinated wave of revolutionary struggles it remains an unparalleled exposition of the theory and practice of scientific socialism, writes Colin Lloyd Read more...