Fourth International: Unable to Make any Rational Balance Sheet of its Practice.
FI: Unable to Account for its own Political Errors.
The FI and its sections have long been involved in building broad parties: the Left Block in Portugal, the Red Green Alliance in Denmark, the Socialist party in Holland, Rifondazione Comunista in Italy, Die Linke here in Germany, Syriza in Greece, the SSP in Scotland, and the Socialist Alliance and then Respect in England.
But apparently there are disagreements on this,
This was not on building broad parties as such, since I have been a strong supporter of such a policy. It was because the resolution in front of the congress called only for the building of broad ‘anti-capitalist’ parties. To me this was too restrictive. Yes we should seek to build anti-capitalist parties where the conditions for such parties exist, but this is not always the case. We should also be for building radical left parties that don’t meet such a criteria.
This is far from a new debate, of course, and I am pleased that Jan mentioned it this in his presentation yesterday. It was discussed by the Fourth Congress of the Comintern in 1922, after the revolutionary wave generated by the Russian revolution had receded and the Comintern had to come to terms with the that new struggles for power would not necessarily follow the soviet model.
Comrade Thornett then talks about Syriza – the Greek left-wing bloc.
Now much as one is interested in the 1922 Comintern we should perhaps begin at home.
What balance-sheet does the Fourth International have of its participation in Respect?
We know the reason for them leaving was not the ego and reactionary positions of George Galloway on a great many issues, too numerous to list here.
It was about Scottish independence and the position (against Galloway) of the group Socialist Resistance in favour of an a bonny capitalist Scotland, free from British rule.
But we have yet to hear any serious judgement on their participation in this ridiculous communalist group.
Not a pip.
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