Tuesday 30 August

OUR CONCEPTION of the fourth international today



Nature of this report

Final report = an element of "politico-organisational" as well as "politico-pedagogical" content.


Purpose of the Time Chart


What is the Fourth International

* brief summary of organisational situation


From the "world party of socialist revolution"

*Where we've come from (see Chapter 9 of Role and Tasks 2003, statutes 1974 10th World Congress (additional material))


*World vision/ project

continuity of Russian revolution


*struggle against Stalinism

programmatic foundations

right to tendency and faction (from the start)


*post 1968 -

new generation, new confidence


To "an international organization struggling for socialist revolution"

* 1979(11th World Congress) Socialist revolution and the struggle for women's liberation (reading)

autonomy of women's movement because

 understanding of women's oppression something other than a simple socio-economic question

separate organisation of women is neither petty bourgeois nor splitting the working class


* Socialist democracy and the dictatorship of the proletariat (1970s ->1985(12th World Congress))(reading)

possibility of plurality of authentically revolutionary organisations

 rejection of idea of one revolutionary party which can synthesise all needs and interests and represent the whole class,


* Positive action 1991(13th World Congress) -

 full recognition reality of unequal power in our own organisations and legitimacy of women organising


Learning from social movements, programme develops also outside party, "black period" for politics and ourselves

* 1991 first attempt at ecology document, Appeal for new internation alism


* 1992 Adoption of manifesto


* 1995 Building the Fourth International (14th World Congress)


* 2003 lesbigay and ecology documents(15th World Congress)

 apply Marxist methods of programme and analysis to these question


* 2003 new statutes (additional reading)

 concretisation of rejecting pretensions


 BUT "acting together on the main political questions while discussing freely and respecting the rules of democracy"


* need for political organisation

bringing politics into the economic struggle,

active intervention to have an effect


* need for centralisation and democracy in action of such an organisation

shared programme to be effective and democratic

collective action to make a balance sheet


* need for an international

even as small as ours

not a "mother house" with offshoots


and applying "positive action" to make our organizations closer to what we want to be

* women

dynamic of exclusion of women from public (political) sphere

division of labour, unequal power,

prefigurative relations

* youth

new generations, new experiences , creativity

action and partybuilding


* positive action because capitalist society is not a school for the proletariat


striving towards "a new revolutionary pluralistic international" in new political situation

* after Berlin wall ->

programmatic questions -> relations other groups



 strategic questions, power, taking power, the state


*global justice movement->

new form of internationalism not direct solidarity with political movements

new forms of organization

- old debates

- new technologies

- NGOs