The Death Agony of the Fourth International and the Tasks of Trotskyists Today

 

 

Note from the Editor: Below we reprint a book published by the predecessor organization of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) - Workers Power (Britain) which later initiated the foundation of the League for a Revolutionary Communist International (LRCI). It was originally published in 1983.

 

We refer in this context to our essay Healy’s Pupils Fail to Break with their Master. The revolutionary tradition of the Fourth International and the centrist tradition of its Epigones Gerry Healy and the ”International Committee” .

There are also critical assessments of various so-called Trotskyist organizations in our books The Great Robbery of the South (Chapter 13) and Anti-Imperialism in the Age of Great Power Rivalry.

 

 

 

 

Contents

 

 

 

Introduction

 

Chapter One: Trotsky's defence and development of the communist programme, 1933-1940

 

Chapter Two: The epigones destroy Trotsky's International, 1940-1953

 

Chapter Three: The degenerate fragments of the Fourth International, 1953 -1983

 

Chapter Four: After the splits the splinters, 1961-1983

 

Chapter Five: A radical re-statement of programme is necessary