The Statement of Principles elaborates the basic positions of the Socialist Equality Party. Agreement with the Statement of Principles is the basis for membership in our party.
This document was adopted at the founding congress of the SEP in Michigan in August, 2008. By examining the lessons of the essential historical events and political experiences of the working class and socialist movement spanning more than a century, it establishes the theoretical and political basis of the struggle for socialism today.
On February 12, 1996, the Workers League announced its decision to found a new political party, the Socialist Equality Party. This report by National Secretary David North to a meeting of the Workers League membership, elaborates the political and theoretical foundations for the transition to the SEP.
Gerry Healy (1913-1989) was a longtime leader of the Fourth International, whose struggle in the British and international Trotskyist movement spanned five decades, until his break with the International Committee in 1985. This book contains a critical Marxist assessment of the life of Healy and its relationship to the historical development of the Fourth International.
The origins of this work lie in the political struggle waged by the ICFI and the Workers League, the predecessor of the Socialist Euality Party (US), from 1982-1986, to defend Trotskyism against the nationalist opportunism of the ICFI’s former British section. It establishes the continuity of orthodox Trotskyism in the political struggles inside the Fourth International in the 20th Century.
The Fourth International is the World Party of Socialist Revolution, founded by Leon Trotsky in 1938 to carry forward the fight for Marxism in opposition to the Stalinist degeneration of the Soviet Union and the Communist (Third) International.
The International Committee is the leadership of the Fourth International. It was established on November 23, 1953, following a split in the Fourth International between the orthodox Trotskyists, led by James P. Cannon, a founder of the Trotskyist movement in the United States, and an opportunist faction led by Michel Pablo and Ernest Mandel. Throughout its history, the ICFI has upheld the principles of Marxism and is today the sole representative of revolutionary socialism in the world.
These lectures address the history of the ICFI from 1982-1995: from the initial formulation of a detailed critique of the Workers Revolutionary Party’s revisions of the theory and program of Trotskyism, to the decision to transform the leagues of the ICFI into parties.
In 1917, the Russian working class, acting under the leadership of the Bolshevik Party led by Lenin and Trotsky, overthrew the bourgeois provisional government and established the first workers’ state in world history. The ICFI commemorated the centenary in 2017 with an online lecture series.
These lectures address critical political and historical issues related to the struggle by the Trotskyist Left Opposition, founded by Trotsky in 1923, against the nationalist policies of the Stalinist bureaucracy and its usurpation of political power inside the Soviet Union and the Communist International.
These speeches addressed critical problems of the 20th century. Lecturers addressed the foundations of Marxism, the science of perspective and the defense of objective truth; the origins of WWI; the rise of fascism in Germany; the origins of Stalinism in the Soviet Union, Leon Trotsky’s Theory of Permanent Revolution, and problems of art and culture in the Soviet Union.
In January 1998, the ICFI held its first-ever International Summer School in Australia. Their central premise is that an answer to the burning issues of the day—growing social inequality, deepening economic crisis, the decline in the cultural level of society and the prevailing political paralysis in the workers’ movement—is bound up with examining and assimilating the lessons of the 20th century.