Trotskyist Fraction – Fourth International

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Trotskyist Fraction - Fourth International
FT-CI (en).png
English logo of the Trotskyist Fraction - Fourth International
Abbreviation FT
FT-CI
FT-QI
TF-FI
Formation 25 April 2004; 14 years ago (2004-04-25)
Type INGO
Region served
Worldwide
Membership
11
Official language
Spanish, Portuguese, English, French, German
Website www.ft-ci.org
Formerly called
Internationalist Bolshevik Faction (1988-1993)
Trotskyist Fraction - International Strategy (1993-2004)

The Trotskyist Fraction – Fourth International is an international association of Trotskyist organizations that claims to follow the political legacy of the Fourth International and aims to reforge it. It was formed by groups which arose as the "Internationalist Bolshevik Faction" within the International Workers League (IWL-FI) in 1989. Regarded at first as an "external fraction" who had been wrongly expelled, from 1988 to 1990 the Argentinian Socialist Workers' Party (PTS) had three splits: first when a number of militants returned to the Argentinian Movement for Socialism (MAS) party, then when another group of militants sympathized with the British Workers Revolutionary Party (Worker Press) and the third when supporters of León Pérez (former member of the International Secretariat of the International Workers League) decided to follow a mass party perspective (as opposed to a vanguard party).

These splits forced the PTS to make a balance and self-criticism, resulting in a further development that mainly questioned the update of the Transitional Program (the so-called the "Theory of Democratic Revolution") that the leader of the International Workers League Nahuel Moreno made,[1] understanding it as an opposition to Leon Trotsky's Theory of Permanent Revolution.[2]

In 1998 it emerged as the Trotskyist Fraction - International Strategy, founded by the PTS of Argentina, the LTS of Mexico, the LOR of Bolivia[3] and with the additions of the Estratégia Revolucionaria (Revolutionary Strategy) group of Brazil and the Clase contra Clase (Class against Class) group of Chile as well as some militant sympathizers in Europe. In 2004, in its second international conference, coinciding with the congress of the Movement for the Refoundation of the Fourth International also met in Buenos Aires, the TF decided to change the name "International Strategy" to "Fourth International".[4] Following the economic crisis and demonstrations in several countries, the TF-FI has grown in Latin America and Europe and now promotes the formation of a new grouping: An International Movement for a Socialist Revolution - Fourth International,[5] which had its manifesto updated in 2017[6] and 2018[7] due to new developments in the international arena.

National sections[edit]

Full sections[8][9]
Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina Socialist Workers' Party
(Partido de los Trabajadores Socialistas) (PTS)
Flag of Bolivia.svg Bolivia Worker Revolutionary League for the Fourth International
(Liga Obrera Revolucionaria por la Cuarta Internacional) (LOR-CI)
Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil Revolutionary Workers' Movement
(Movimento Revolucionário de Trabalhadores) (MRT)
Flag of Chile.svg Chile Revolutionary Workers Party
(Partido de Trabajadores Revolucionarios) (PTR)
Flag of France.svg France Revolutionary Communist Tendency
(Courant Communiste Révolutionnaire) (CCR) (tendency within the NPA)
Flag of Germany.svg Germany Revolutionary Internationalist Organisation
(Revolutionäre Internationalistische Organisation) (RIO)
Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico Socialist Workers' Movement
(Movimiento de los Trabajadores Socialistas) (MTS)
Flag of Spain.svg Spain Workers' Revolutionary Current
(Corriente Revolucionaria de Trabajadores y Trabajadoras) (CRT)
Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay Current of Workers for Socialism
(Corriente de Trabajadores por el Socialismo) (CTS)
Flag of the United States.svg USA Left Voice (LV)
Flag of Venezuela.svg Venezuela League of Workers for Socialism
(Liga de Trabajadores por el Socialismo) (LTS)
Sympathiser sections[9]
Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica Socialist Organization
(Organización Socialista) (OS)
Flag of Italy.svg Italy Revolutionary Internationalist Fraction
(Frazione Internazionalista Rivoluzionaria) (FIR)
Flag of Peru.svg Peru South Resistance Collective
(Colectivo Resistencia Sur) (CRS)


Former sections:

  •  France Grouppe Communiste Revolutionarie Internacionaliste (Revolutionary Internationalist Communist Group) (CRI) - They were admitted in 2008 as sympathiser section,[10] but after the creation of the New Anticapitalist Party they decided to dissolve within the CLAIRE Tendency (acronym for "Tendency for Communism and self-organized, internationalist and revolutionary struggle").[11][12]
  •  Costa Rica Socialist Revolution League (Liga de la Revolución Socialista) (LRS) - Admitted in 2008 as full section,[10] but they dissolved in 2014.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moreno, Nahuel (1980). "The Transitional Program Now, Nahuel Moreno". Marxists Internet Archive. 
  2. ^ Romano, Manolo. "Polemic with the LIT and the theorical legacy of Nahuel Moreno". www.ft-ci.org. Retrieved 2018-07-12. 
  3. ^ "Tesis de la LOR-CI sobre Bolivia. Página 1" (in Spanish). 2009-10-24. Archived from the original on 2009-10-24. Retrieved 2018-07-12. Reivindicamos y hacemos nuestro por ello el “Manifiesto Programático” de la FT de febrero de 1998 y las principales elaboraciones planteadas en la revista Estrategia Internacional (especialmente desde marzo de 1998 hasta la fecha) sobre la crisis capitalista internacional y el programa necesario para responder a la misma, la situación de los ex estados obreros deformados y degenerados, las potencialidades y límites de la lucha campesina, la reivindicación de la centralidad revolucionaria del proletariado, así como una posición e intervención común ante la guerra de los Balcanes. 
  4. ^ "Se realizó la Segunda Conferencia de la FT". www.ft.org.ar (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-07-12. En este sentido, y dado los avances de los distintos grupos de la FT expresados más arriba, en la conferencia discutimos 'cambiarnos el nombre, llamarnos Fracción Trotskista-Cuarta Internacional (FT-CI) para indicar la relación que hay entre nuestro carácter de tendencia actual y nuestro objetivo de trabajar día a día... hacia la reconstrucción de la Cuarta Internacional' 
  5. ^ "Por un Movimiento por una Internacional de la Revolución Socialista -Cuarta Internacional-" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-07-12. 
  6. ^ "Let's Build an International Revolutionary Movement". Left Voice. Trotskyist Fraction. Retrieved 2018-07-12. 
  7. ^ "The Battles of the Trotskyist Fraction". Left Voice. Trotskyist Fraction - Fourth International. Retrieved 2018-07-12. 
  8. ^ "Organizaciones de la FT". ft-ci.org (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-07-12. 
  9. ^ a b "Apoyemos la rebelión del pueblo catalán y su derecho de autodeterminación". La Izquierda Diario (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-07-12. 
  10. ^ a b "Gran acto de cierre de la V Conferencia Internacionalista" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-07-17. A su vez, se anunció la incorporación de la LRS de Costa Rica como sección plena de la FT en ese país centroamericano, y del Grupo CRI como sección simpatizante de la FT-CI en Francia. 
  11. ^ "Groupe CRI | Lettre publique du Groupe CRI à la LCR concernant son projet de thèses politiques pour le nouveau parti anticapitaliste". groupecri.free.fr. Retrieved 2018-07-12. 
  12. ^ Francia, FT-CI. "Carta desde Francia". www.ft-ci.org (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-07-12. Ustedes informan especialmente sobre los análisis y el combate llevado adelante por los firmantes del proyecto de Tendencia que defiende el Comunismo, la Revolución y la Autoorganización (convertida el 14 de febrero en Tendance CLAIRE del NPA – Por el Comunismo, la Lucha Autoorganizada, Internacionalista y Revolucionaria). Ustedes mencionan correctamente que el Groupe CRI ha sido quien propuso este proyecto de Tendencia. Pero ustedes omiten aclarar que el Groupe CRI es, en Francia, la sección simpatizante de la FTCI (de la que el PTS es la sección argentina). 

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