The material in this pamphlet is chiefly comprised of polemics between the External Tendency of the international Spartacist tendency (ET—a grouping of former members of the iSt) and the leadership of the Spartacist League/U.S. (SL). It begins with a letter from the ET to the SL criticizing the decision to designate a busload of SL supporters attending an anti-fascist rally as the “Yuri Andropov Brigade.” SL leader James Robertson’s reply to this letter, as well as our rejoinder and a subsequent exchange with one of the SL’s scribes, Reuben Samuels, complete this correspondence.
In October 1983, When the U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut was blown away, the Spartacist League/U.S. immediately called for saving the survivors. The External Tendency of the iSt labeled this as social-patriotic cowardice.
This pamphlet contains three documents. The first is “For Trotskyism!,” the programmatic declaration of the Bolshevik Tendency (BT). This document (reprinted from 1917 No. 3, Spring 1987) restates the basic programmatic positions upon which the Fourth International was founded, while also addressing many of the questions which distinguish genuine Trotskyists from centrist pretenders in the international workers movement today.
The contents of this bulletin document the recent important political struggle in the Toronto branch of Socialist Challenge [SC—known until May 1988 as the Alliance for Socialist Action (ASA)] over the character and direction of the Nicaraguan revolution. The fight, which began over the rejection of the pro-capitalist Esquipulas II Accords (also known as the “Arias plan”), soon became a debate on the relevance of the program of Permanent Revolution to Nicaragua. As an appendix, we reprint several items relating to the Toronto Anti-Intervention Coalition (TAIC) in which the SC/ASA and Bolshevik Tendency (BT) cooperated for several months last winter.
The complete text of the ICL’s pamphlet, “The International Bolshevik Tendency What is it?” with a point-by-point reply.
This bulletin addresses political questions posed by events in Afghanistan since the 1970s. Part 1 contains materials by the International Bolshevik Tendency (IBT) related to the recent U.S.-led attack on Afghanistan.