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In Defence of Leninism:
In Defence of the Fourth International

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From International Internal Discussion Bulletin, Vol.10 No.4, April 1973, pp.3-53. Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for the Marxists’ Internet Archive.

Since the 9th World Congress (3rd Congress since reunification) the discussion inside the Fourth International has widened and deepened. After emerging initially around the issue of the place of armed struggle in revolutionary politics in Latin America, it has now spread to the issue of the relationship between armed struggle and revolutionary mass struggles in pre-revolutionary and revolutionary situations in general, the present orientation towards building revolutionary parties in capitalist Europe, the evaluation of the present period and our tasks as precised by the political resolution of the 9th World Congress. While answering Comrade Hansen's arguments developed in his document In Defense of the Leninist Strategy of Party-Building, as well as the arguments presented by the minority document to the December 1972 IEC Argentina and Bolivia – The Balance Sheet, we shall try to clarify what is, in our opinion the contents and the origins of the present differences.

  1. Party Building And Armed Struggle:The Wrong And The Correct Approach
  2. The Danger of Opportunist Tail-Ending
  3. The Significance of the Present Discussion in the Fourth International

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