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Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste Seeks to “save” capitalism, says International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI).

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Flags Waving to Save Capitalism says ICFI. 

Just when you thought you could be smug about the charming but eccentric ways of our old chum Bob Avakian this comes along,

The pseudo-left New Anti-capitalist Party (NPA) has reacted to the formation of the new government of Prime Minister Manuel Valls with empty, hypocritical criticisms to mask its responsibility in the installation of this deeply right-wing government, which the NPA will continue to defend.

The World Socialist Web Site, published by the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) continues in this vein (8th of September) – at length. (1)

For those mourning the withdrawal of cde Tony Greenstein from the fray this site comes as a blessing,

What the NPA fears above all is that the collapse and discrediting of France’s ruling Socialist Party (PS) will provoke a crisis of rule in which the NPA could not stifle a political movement of the working class directed at the PS and its political satellites, including the NPA itself.

There is more but this mighty blow against the NPA stands out,

The NPA, by its hostility to a socialist and revolutionary perspective, contributed to the installation of the most right-wing regime France has known since the World War II-era fascist Vichy regime.

And this,

In fact, it is the NPA that is neither revolutionary nor anti-capitalist. It does not seek the overthrow of capitalism, but to save it under conditions where it threatens to provoke war and economic collapse, and the conditions for an eruption of social revolution are fast being prepared.

Not to mention that

This anti-working class party is ready for unprincipled alliances with organizations of all types, whose only common point is their hatred of the working class and of socialism.


(1) The International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) is the name of two Trotskyist internationals; one with sections named Socialist Equality Party which publishes the World Socialist Web Site, and another linked to the Workers Revolutionary Party in Britain.

Both groupings originate in the struggle against “Pabloite liquidationism”,

“To sum up: The lines of cleavage between Pablo’s revisionism and orthodox Trotskyism are so deep that no compromise is possible either politically or organizationally. The Pablo faction has demonstrated that it will not permit democratic decisions truly reflecting majority opinion to be reached. They demand complete submission to their criminal policy. They are determined to drive all orthodox Trotskyists out of the Fourth International or to muzzle and handcuff them.”

The British section, the Socialist Equality Party (SEP), has published the ‘Theoretical Foundations‘ of the organisation which explains this at length.

Despite this background many of the SEP’s  ideas would meet with approval or at least some agreement  from a lot of people on the left: they are for the United Socialist States of Europe, oppose austerity and cuts.


The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) calls for a decisive and unambiguous No vote in the September 18 referendum on Scottish independence.  All claims that “independence” is a democratic demand, offering an alternative to cuts and austerity, are lies.

The move for separation from the UK is being led by right-wing forces espousing nationalism, whether or not they attempt to dress this up in fake left language. The aim is to transform Scotland into a low tax, cheap labour platform for the benefit of the banks and transnational corporations.

The victims of this will be workers on both sides of the border, who will see a deepening of the ongoing offensive against jobs, wages and conditions that has been waged by all the major parties in both Westminster and Holyrood

Their French membership is believed to hover at 2.





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    September 10, 2014 at 8:52 pm

  2. “For those mourning the withdrawal of cde Tony Greenstein from the fray this site comes as a blessing,”

    What is that meant to mean? Do you think there is some kind of equivalence between the loopy sectarianism of the pretend international party of the ICFI and an individual socialist who you mock but never take up on his politics? Come on, what is it that you don’t like about Tony Greenstein? I don’t think he has ever taken sides on ruptures in the Fourth International.

    It’s a personal and or irrelevant point isn’t it? It’s certainly not political.


    September 10, 2014 at 10:00 pm

  3. See debate between Tony Greenstein and Michael Ezra and Paul Bogdanor for what I do not like about any of the three individuals’ politics.

    On the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) : they are Healyite orthodox Trotskyists.

    At the risk of repeating myself every time I blog, I come from the ‘Pabloite’ tradition, close to the Alliance marxiste révolutionnaire (AMR) (no this is not made up, I really do, see http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alliance_marxiste_r%C3%A9volutionnaire).

    Mocking the WSWS is the duty of every liquidationist.

    Andrew Coates

    September 11, 2014 at 11:48 am

  4. “See debate between Tony Greenstein and Michael Ezra and Paul Bogdanor for what I do not like about any of the three individuals’ politics.”

    Well, I have read that stuff on Tony Greenstein’s blog, but you don’t say why you do not like any of them, let alone justify your off the cuff mocking of Tony Greenstein.

    As for mocking WSWS well done, it’s not so much a duty though, more of a perfectly natural response to a very small bunch of irrelevant people who, though few, just won’t go way.


    September 11, 2014 at 5:59 pm

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