In this book published jointly with the IIRE, Pierre Frank and Daniel Bensaid explain how the Fourth International, founded in 1938 by Revolutionary Marxist militants, nuclei, currents and organizations, answered the problem of the construction of anti-capitalist, revolutionary political formations.
The core of the volume is Frank’s 1979 book on the Fourth International, long out of print in English, which has been brought up to date in a new and greatly expanded expanded edition.
As Ernest Mandel’s biographical essay explains, Frank was secretary to Leon Trotsky in 1932-1933. This book draws on Frank’s experience as a central leader of the Fourth International through to 1979. Daniel Bensaïd’s appendix explains the following 30 years of the Fourth International life. Two contributions develop its perspective of establishing a new independent political representation of the working class that takes into account the diversity of the working class in defending a resolutely class-based programme: a statement by founders of the French LCR explaining its decision to dissolve into the NPA; and the key resolution adopted by the Fourth International’s 2009 world congress.
We live in an age where everything has been internationalised. Imperialism brought in its wake world politics and world economics. This book explains many of the lessons needed for the new generation of activists who are looking for way to make the struggle against austerity more international.
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