The First International

Karl Marx 001For the WIL's organization-wide reading for November and December 2014, we link here three articles on the founding of the First International. The Inaugural Address of the International Workingmen's Association by Karl Marx, The First International—150 Years On by Rob Sewell, 150 Years Since the First International was Founded—The Working Class Needs a Revolutionary International by Alan Woods. Though it may seem like ancient history to some, there is a wealth of lessons to be drawn from the experience of the First International which are very relevant to our work today.

Program of the International

workersoftheworlduniteWe republish here, for April 2014's organization-wide reading, Ted Grant's Program of the International. In this document, which helped orient the first embryo of comrades in the as-yet-to-be-formed Committee for a Workers International, Ted traces the history of the first four internationals, as well as providing an excellent summary of the history of the 20th century, highlighting several key theoretical aspects of the analysis.

Stalinism in the Postwar World

redarmyberlinWorld War Two ended in a complex and entirely unforeseen relationship of forces between the nations and between the classes. It ended in the victory of two continental powers on the world arena, US imperialism and the Russian bureaucracy. That became the dominant factor on a world scale: the division of the world between two competing blocs. For the first time in history the great powers of Europe were reduced to secondary positions; France, Germany, Italy, were defeated and England became a second rate power. Japan was reduced to the status of an occupied territory stripped of all her colonies and spheres of influence. The struggle between the classes can only be understood against a background of this decisive conflict of the era.

Problems of Entrism

liverpoolcouncillorsFor our December 2013 organization-wide reading we republish Problems of Entrism by Ted Grant. This document assesses the situaton faced by the weakened forces of Marxism in Britain in the postwar period and how to orient their forces. It is an excellent restatement of the idea put forward by Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Trotsky on how to approach the mass organizations of the working class, but it also lays out perspectives for the transformation of these mass organizations under the influence of events.

Will There Be A Slump?

tedgrantFor our November 2013 organization-wide reading we republish Ted Grant's Will There Be A Slump. An excellent restatement of the basics of Marxist economics and an analysis of the world economy coming out of World War II. While many so-called Marxists were declaring that capitalism had somehow resolved its contradictions and turning their backs on the working class, Ted Grant used this document to orient the forces of genuine Marxism. Although the timing was off, the analysis was spot-on.