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Posted on 8 November 2019 at 12:17 GMT

In Defence of Trotskyism

In Defence of Trotskyism   (Click to enlarge)

New book: In Defence of Trotskyism

Available now; Order from Socialistbooks.co.uk, 10

Since the financial crisis of 2007-08, many different movements have developed against oppression, austerity, neoliberalism and capitalism - with mixed success.

In a complicated situation, Marxists must take stock, analyse what is going on and why, and present a way forwards.

In 2018-19, a dispute broke out over exactly these questions within the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI), the world socialist organisation which includes the Socialist Party in England and Wales.

'In Defence of Trotskyism' is a new book bringing together many of the key documents produced to defend a working-class, Trotskyist CWI; a process which culminated in the CWI's re-foundation.

The focus of this debate included the questions of socialism and 'identity politics'; the role of the trade unions and the working-class movement; the national question; and under what programme and how should Marxists organise internationally and domestically.

Internationalist in form and content, In Defence of Trotskyism collects contributions from across the world, bringing together the collective experience of working-class fighters to weigh on these important questions.

This book is much more than a record of an internal debate. It is a restatement of Marxist principles, and a living example of their application in today's world. In Defence of Trotskyism will be invaluable to all those fighting for socialism.

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The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

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triangleBradford Socialist Party: Trotskyism and the Second World War

triangleLeeds Socialist Party: Trotskyism and the Second World War

triangleYork Socialist Party: Trotskyism and the Second World War

triangleMajor new book out in November: In Defence of Trotskyism

triangleSalford Socialist Party: Introducing Trotskyism - the Transitional Programme

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triangleYouth without a future: fight for jobs and homes - fight for socialism!

triangleCapitalism = inequality. Fight for socialism!

triangleMass protests erupt

triangleBlack Lives Matter protests sweep country: How can the movement win?

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triangleIndia: Fighting the curse of capitalism and coronavirus

trianglePeter Hadden remembered

triangleA CWI May Day 2020 statement

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