Leon Trotsky: I am confident of the victory of the Fourth International; Go Forward!
WE STAND WITH KARL MARX: ‘The
emancipation of the working classes mustbe conquered by the working classes them-selves. The struggle for the emancipationof the working class means not a strugglefor class privileges and monopolies but forequal rights and duties and the abolition of
all class rule’ (The International Working-men’s Association 1864, General Rules).
2. The capitalist state consists, in the lastanalysis of ruling-class laws within a judi-cial system and detention centres overseenby the armed bodies of police/army whoare under the direction and are controlledin acts of defence of capitalist property rights against the interests of the majority of civil society. The working class mustoverthrow the capitalist state and replace it
with a workers’ state based on democraticsoviets/workers’ councils to suppress the
inevitable counter-revolution of privatecapitalist profit against planned productionfor the satisfaction of socialised humanneed.3. We recognise the necessity for revolution-aries to carry out serious ideological andpolitical struggle as direct participants inthe trade unions (always) and in the massreformist social democratic bourgeois
workers’ parties despite their pro
-capitalistleaderships when conditions are favour-able. Because we see the trade union bu-reaucracy and their allies in the Labourparty leadership as the most fundamentalobstacle to the struggle for power of the working class, outside of the state forcesand their direct agencies themselves, wemust fight and defeat and replace them with a revolutionary leadership by mobilis-ing the base against the pro-capitalist bu-reaucratic misleaders to open the way for-
ward for the struggle for workers’ power.
4. We are full in support of all mass mobilisa-tions against the onslaught of this reaction-ary Con-Lib Dem coalition. However, whilst participating in this struggle we willoppose all policies which subordinate the working class to the political agenda of thepetty-bourgeois reformist leaders of theLabour party and trade unions5. We support the fight of all the specially oppressed; Black and Asians, women, les-bians and gay men, bisexuals and trans-gender people against discrimination in allits forms and their right to organise sepa-rately in that fight in society as a whole. Inparticular we defend their right to caucusinside trade unions and in working classpolitical parties.6. We recognise that class society, and capital-ism as the last form of class society, is by its nature patriarchal. In that sense theoppression of women is different from allother forms of oppression and discrimina-tion. Because this social oppression is inex-tricably tied to private property and itsinheritance to achieve full sexual, socialand economic freedom and equality for all we need to overthrow class society itself.7. We fight racism and fascism. We supportthe right of people to fight back againstracist and fascist attacks by any means nec-essary. Self-defence is no offence! We sup-
port ‘No Platform’ for all fascists but never
call on the capitalist state to ban fascistmarches or parties; these laws would inevi-
tably primarily be used against workers’
organisations, as history has shown.8. We oppose all immigration controls. Inter-national finance capital roams the planet insearch of profit and Imperialist govern-ments disrupts the lives of workers andcause the collapse of whole nations withtheir direct intervention in the Balkans,Iraq and Afghanistan and their proxy warsin Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, etc. Workers have the right tosell their labour internationally whereverthey get the best price. Only union mem-bership and pay rates can counter employ-ers who seek to exploit immigrant workersas cheap labour to undermine the gains of past struggles.
Where We Stand
Socialist Fight is a memberof the Liaison Committeefor the Fourth International with the Liga Comunista of Brazil and the TendenciaMilitante Bolchevique of Argentina.
The Editorial Board is: Tony Fox, Ray Rising,Charlie Walsh, CarolFoster, Ailish Dease,Laurence Humphriesand Aggie McCallum.Contact: PO Box59188, London, NW29LJ, Social-ist_Fight@yahoo.co.uk.Signed articles do notnecessarily representthe views of the SF EB These are just 8 of the26 points of the politi-cal programme of theSocialist Fight Group which can be foundhere:http:// www.scribd.com/doc/120298542/Socialist-Fight-Where- We-StandGerry Downing has re-signed from the EB of SF. He has been re-placed by Tony Fox