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International Bolshevik Tendency Endorses Labour to Break with Reformism and Build Revolutionary Party.

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Massed Forces of IBT Back Corbyn 

The IBT, deadly rivals of the Spartacist League, (The International Bolshevik Tendency (IBT) is a revolutionary socialist organization founded by former cadres of the international Spartacist tendency (today the International Communist League). The following text is excerpted from the document “For Trotskyism!,”) announces,

Corbyn’s anti-austerity and anti-war message has resonated with millions of working people, but poverty, social inequality and imperialist war are inevitable features of capitalist rule. They can only be eliminated by expropriating the capitalist class and bringing production and distribution under the control of the working class organised as a new state power. The only way to realise this objective is to build a revolutionary workers’ party armed with a consistently Marxist programme, diametrically opposed to social-democratic reformism.

Vote Labour! Break with reformism! Build a revolutionary party!

The IBT is stern towards their former comrades of the Sparticist League.

The Spartacist League, regretting their previous enthusiasm for Corbyn, confesses that ‘our own newspaper accommodated to Corbyn by prettifying his line on the reactionary EU’. They claim that ‘Corbyn betrayed when it mattered by crossing the class line and serving the bourgeoisie in campaigning for the EU’ (icl-fi.org).

There is no class line between Leave and Remain. It is abundantly clear that neither the capitalist EU that has viciously attacked workers in Greece and elsewhere nor a xenophobic ‘little England’ wing of the ruling class offer anything positive for British workers.

Here are the Spartacists:

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The IBT continues,

We advocate a vote for Labour in this election to expose the contradiction between what Corbyn’s working-class base expects him to do and what his reformist, pro-capitalist politics will actually mean. The key task for British revolutionaries is to break the most class-conscious workers away from social democracy and win them to the perspective of building a workers’ party committed to smashing capitalism, rather than endure the endless futility of tinkering with it.

Meanwhile the Downingites (Liaison Committee for the Fourth Intentional) are made of sterner stuff:

Why do we say Corbyn is an imperialist politician?

We are pleased to see Corbyn’s Manchester speech has put many leftists on the back foot. Although it was no more than a pacifist speech nonetheless it exposed the USFI, the South American groups like the LIT, the Alliance for Workers Liberty, Workers Power/ the Fifth International, the Austrian RCIT and all the Grantites groups like the CWI and IMT, the British and US SWPs and international co-thinkers as pro imperialist stooges now because they are all to the right of Corbyn’s pacifist speech which has proved very popular with voters because it contains a modicum of truth against all the pro imperialist left.

Wall Street based global imperialism and its allied transnational corporations and subordinate imperialisms in Europe and Japan etc are the central enemy of all humanity and their defeats strengthens the oppressed everywhere. The liberation of Aleppo was the father of Jeremy Corbyn’s linking “failed policy” in Libya to the Manchester, pacifist though it was.


Written by Andrew Coates

June 3, 2017 at 11:59 am

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  1. Wow, Spart signs in Britain look exactly like the ones here in the US.

    The Spanish Prisoner

    June 3, 2017 at 12:13 pm

  2. There is a pic of the Sparts at the NHS demo earlier this year that a friend took with similar hand-made placards, but I could’t find it.

    The Communist League (UK branch of the US-SWP) also do a nifty line in hand-made hand-written posters.

    What is it about US leftists that they produce this kind of stuff that looks like it’s written by people with mental health issues in a self-help workshop?

    Andrew Coates

    June 3, 2017 at 12:19 pm

  3. “What is it about US leftists that they produce this kind of stuff that looks like it’s written by people with mental health issues in a self-help workshop?”

    The answer is contained in the question.


    June 3, 2017 at 12:59 pm

  4. If your going to slag off the Spartacists, at least learn to spell their name properly. Just a thought!


    June 3, 2017 at 1:38 pm

  5. No.

    Only when they spell organisation correctly.

    Andrew Coates

    June 3, 2017 at 4:18 pm

  6. “Ian” (above) wouldn’t happen to be the ex-Spart, woman-beater and anti-Semite Ian Dudley (aka Ian Donovan), by any chance?

    Jim Denham

    June 3, 2017 at 7:29 pm

  7. Come on! Spelling it “Sparticist” is like writing “Karl Marks.” Being a “socialist” is no excuse for illiteracy.

    Stephen R. Diamond

    June 3, 2017 at 8:56 pm

  8. I was a member of the Spartacists in my youth. One of the attractions to me was that they were an American revolutionary organization. How they spelled it didn’t matter because I was an Irish revolutionary and not an English chauvinist.

    Unlike Jim Denham and Andrew Coates, I can’t claim to be a loyal Labour voter. Call me an ultra-leftist, but to me the Labour Party supported English soldiers on Irish streets, murdering unarmed demonstrators, building concentration camps and carrying out systematic torture. To this day Jeremy Corbyn can’t address this history to the English electorate; instead he hides behind the so-called peace process.

    If I were a national chauvinist I might say that the English were always slow learners . . .


    June 4, 2017 at 2:53 am

  9. Again, come on! What literate revolutionary can’t spell the name of the leader of the great Roman slave revolt? (Or worse, doesn’t even notice the root of “Spartacist.”

    Stephen R. Diamond

    June 4, 2017 at 3:03 am

  10. Red-baiting and personal slur – as by Jim Denham – would be deleted by a socialist moderator.

    Stephen R. Diamond

    June 4, 2017 at 3:57 am

  11. Spelling baiting against those of us who are differently orthographically abled – or to put it more simply, who wrote a post in about half an hour without checking – is also a serious offence, or as you would call it ‘offense’.

    I find it odd that anybody claims that having been part of a US revolutionary organisation with a reputation as complete nutters, one so widespread that Private Eye named a much-loved column after ’em, is anything to boast about.

    That Ian ‘international Jewish bourgeoisie’ Donovan was a member just about seals it.

    Now back to more serious things.

    Today leaves many of us profoundly sad.

    Andrew Coates

    June 4, 2017 at 11:10 am

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