League for the Fifth International

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League for the Fifth International
Liga der fuenften Internationale.svg
Logo of the L5I
Map of countries that have a member organization in the L5I
TypeInternational league of Trotskyist organizations.
PurposeTo form a new international organization of Communist parties
Main organ
Fifth International

The League for the Fifth International (L5I) is an international grouping of revolutionary Trotskyist organisations around a common programme and perspectives.


L5I was founded as the Movement for a Revolutionary Communist International. Its first member groups were Workers' Power in Britain, the Irish Workers Group, Pouvoir Ouvrier in France, and Gruppe Arbeitermacht (GAM) in Germany. After a congress in 1989 the organisation adopted a common programme, the Trotskyist Manifesto, and a democratic centralist constitution, under which each national section agreed to be bound by the decisions of the international organisation as a whole.


The League publishes a quarterly English language journal entitled Fifth International. The majority of writers for this appear to be from the British group, although other sections publish journals in their own languages. Revolutionärer Marxismus is the German language journal. The League previously published the journal "Permanent Revolution", a more theoretical journal which looked at tactics that communist organisations use, theories of imperialism, and similar questions. This was followed by "Trotskyist International" which, although still theoretical, also looked more at current affairs.

Member organisations[edit]

Country Name Misc. Ref
 Austria Arbeiter*innenstandpunkt
 Brazil Liga Socialista (Brazil) [1]
 Great Britain Red Flag Platform Formerly known as Workers' Power, entered the Labour Party in 2015 [2][3]
 Germany Gruppe Arbeitermacht
 Sweden Arbetarmakt
 Sri Lanka Socialist Party of Sri Lanka
 Pakistan Revolutionary Socialist Movement
 United States Workers Power

The L5I also has individual members in Ireland and Lebanon.

Groups that share a common history with L5I[edit]

Country Name Misc. Ref
 Austria Der Neue Kurs Split from Arbeiter*innenstandpunkt in 2006 [4]
 Great Britain Permanent Revolution Tendency Split from Workers' Power in 2006, dissolved in 2013 [5]
 Czech Republic Socialistická organizace pracujících Appears to be defunct
 New Zealand Communist Workers' Group Split from L5I in 1995 [6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://m.ligasocialista.com/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Stockton, Dave (15 September 2015). "Jeremy Corbyn's programme – a revolutionary socialist assessment". Workers' Power. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  3. ^ "About Us -". Retrieved 2018-05-11.
  4. ^ "Permanent Revolution – New Course – Number 1 – Journal of the former Ast Opposition". www.permanentrevolution.net. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
  5. ^ "Permanent Revolution – Permanent Revolution – dissolution statement". www.permanentrevolution.net. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
  6. ^ "CWGNZ". 2009-10-28. Archived from the original on 2009-10-28. Retrieved 2018-05-11.

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