22/08/2017 by socialistfight
What is Trotskyism Part 4: Thursday, August 24 19:30–21:30
The Cock Tavern, 23 Phoenix Road, NW11HB London
Trotskyism After Trotsky 1940-1991
This will cover the struggles in the Fourth International from the assassination of Trotsky in 1940 to the fall of the USSR in August 1991.
Major turning points are the split in the FI in 1953 between the Mandelites and the Healyites, Cannonites and Lambertists. The subsequent reunification of the US SWP with the Mandel wing. It will deal with the repercussions in the semi-colonial world to these events, in Vietnam, in Sri Lanka/Ceylon, in Bolivia and Cuba, in particular.
It will also go into the theoretical issues raised, the nature of Stalinism, Maoism, Castroism etc., the Marxist Theory of the state and how and when to characterise the “fall of Communism” in Eastern Europe and the USSR, whether China, Vietnam and Laos are workers states and why we say that Cuba and North Korea still are.
Reading material is:
Bob Bitt, the Rise and Fall of Gerry Healy, What Next? Journal:
In Defence of Trotskyism No.06: Continuity is the whole history of Trotskyism and how Trotskyists saw it. We address here the ‘left-Trotskyist’, groupings, the Spart ‘family’, the ICL, the IBT and the IG and Workers Power/LFI, who parted company with the RCIT in mid-2011.
In Defence of Trotskyism No.07 Polemic against Workers Power. When the League for the Fifth International (LFI) was founded in 2003 this represented the victory of the semi-state capitalist Fifthist line. 0
In Defence Of Trotskyism No.08 The CWI and IMT: Right Centrist Heirs Of Ted Grant “Nevertheless, the (Ulster Workers Council) strike also demonstrated in a distorted form and on a reactionary issue, the colossal power of the working class when it moves into action.” Militant Int. 0