National Sections of the L5I:

Fifth International volume 3 issue 2

Save the planet from capitalist destruction

The ecological crisis is a central question of our age. As we head into a world recession, socialists must connect the fight to defend jobs and workers’ conditions with the urgent need for a global transition to an environmentally and socially sustainable system.

The following theses of the League for the Fifth International identify the capitalist system as the cause of the ecological crisis and outline how the working class can solve it. Read more...

Social democracy, neoliberalism and new left parties in Europe

The once strong ties between social democracy and the European working class have become badly strained over the last two decades. As new left parties develop across Europe, Luke Cooper argues they should be founded on revolutionary politics. Read more...

The tragedy of the Iranian Revolution – lessons for today

Thirty years ago a huge movement of workers and the poor overthrew the despised and hated dictatorship of the pro-American Shah of Iran. The mass workers’ uprising and the high level of organisation achieved in the revolution, illustrated the revolutionary socialist potential that existed in the situation. Jens-Hugo Nyberg looks at how the appalling betrayal of the mass struggle by the Stalinist leadership led to the formation of Iran’s reactionary theocratic state. Read more...

The Wall Street crash 1929-33

They called it the roaring twenties but then the boom turned to bust. Keith Spencer explains what caused the crash of 1929 and asks whether there are similarities with today’s global meltdown. Read more...

The New Anticapitalist Party in France: a historic opportunity

In one of the most exciting developments on the European left for many years, a radical new party has been founded in France. Dave Stockton looks at the great promise of the New Anticapitalist Party and argues for it to adopt a revolutionary communist programme. Read more...

Now for the re-ordering of the world?

...and then they started printing money. Luke Cooper considers the prospects for the future of the economic and political order, now the US Federal Reserve has started ‘greasing the presses’. 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...

The crisis in the global car industry: imperialism, monopoly and resistance

The crisis in the global car industry has lead to huge job losses and fuelled arguments amongst the great powers over protectionism as they scramble to save ‘their’ capitals. Martin Suchanek argues it is a crisis of monopoly capitalism and calls on the working class to resist the bosses’ attacks. Read more...

The death of the Celtic Tiger

Ireland’s economy, once hailed as a model for ‘emerging economies’ the world over, was the first in the Eurozone to enter recession. Bernie McAdam looks at the end of the Celtic Tiger. Read more...

A defeated revolution: Finland 1918

In the years immediately following the Russian Revolution workers across Europe took to the streets, often with arms in hand, to spread the world workers’ revolution. Read more...