“Your accusations are vile slanders and frame-ups - my slanders are justifiable retributionagainst the enemy for their crimes.”Paddy Collins, Spark, Australia, An Open Letter to Cliff Slaughter (on the Ten Points).Or how the WRP leaders lied and dissimulated to facilitate an unprincipled fusion.
THE U.S. OPEN Trotskyist CONFERENCES
The initial 7 point call of the WRI) Conference of 1-2 November 1986 and thesubsequent 10 point call as prepared by Slaughter and sanctioned by the CC caused agreat stir world-wide. The 7 points of the call of the conference were amended in anumber of important respects by the CC so that the following were the points brought tothe US by Chris Bailey:
1.The resolutions and theses of the first four congresses of the Comintern.2.The Transitional Programme and the founding Conference of the Fourth International (1938);3.The theory of Permanent Revolution;4.The defence of the conquests of the October Revolution, the defence of the Soviet Union, the states of Eastern Europe, Vietnam, China and Cuba. The definition of the Soviet Union as a degeneratedworkers’ state and of the Eastern European states, China and Vietnam as deformed workers’ states. (TheWRP’s position on the character of the Cuban State is to be studied and reviewed.)5.Defence of all national liberation movements and independent governments against attacks of imperialism despite the fundamental political differences between Trotskyism and these movements. In particular defence of those under direct attack and threat of intervention from imperialism (Nicaragua,Libya, Cuba, Mozambique. Angola, etc.)6.The struggle against Stalinism and the bureaucracy and the rejection of all forms of capitulation to, or compromise with Stalinism and the support for the political revolution in the degenerated and deformedworkers’ states;7.Acceptance of the need for revolutionary parties as sections of the Fourth International based on the principle of democratic centralism in all countries.
I have explained the battle on point 7 and that the Trotskyist Revolutionary Conference inSan Francisco on 6-7 December:1986 was opposed to this clause, not because they disagreed with it, but because it wouldexclude the USec groups who might be won to consistent Trotskyism. The phrase “in allcountries” was not in point 7 of the original resolution passed by the WRI Conference.Already the manoeuvring had begun! Chris Bailey, who represented the WRP at the USConference, fought against the inclusion of point 7 for the above reason and so did I. For awhile Pirani also fought for this position, but we lost this vita argument. Nonethelessthere was a great deal progressive left in the call for which to fight. The textaccompanying the initial call proclaimed:
“The central purpose of the world conference will be to assist the process of theoretical clarification onthe basis on which the Fourth International will be rebuilt and to identify the major issues in thatclarification’.
The changes made to the call were decided by the alliances developed by Slaughter. Theseven and later ten points were initially seen as a political platform on which to fight inthe Open Conference. They successively became the basis for entry into the PreparatoryCommittee and finally the ‘minimum basis for discussion among Trotskyists’ on a motionfrom Cyril Smith al the CC in March. In other words, Slaughter, Varga and the