Fourth International

Leon Trotsky Bundesarchiv500The struggle to uproot capitalism and plant the seeds of socialism has always been an international task. It is not out of sentimentality that Marx and Engels proclaimed “Workers of the world unite!” Capitalism is an international economic system and therefore the struggle against it must be international. While for all practical purposes, the workers must organize themselves at home as a class with their country as their immediate arena of struggle, the real ultimate context of the class struggle is international.

The history of the Fourth International was one of a struggle to keep the genuine international spirit of the working class struggle alive when Stalin and his bureaucratic clique were undermining it. While Stalin was preparing to dismantle the Third International and renouncing the struggle for world socialism, Leon Trotsky was building, under a very difficult situation, the Fourth International not only to defend the first proletarian revolution, the October Revolution, but also to spread it beyond its border.

The building of the Fourth International was also part of Trotsky’s effort to recruit and educate a new generation of genuine Bolsheviks who would be able to finish what the Russian Bolsheviks had started. What is important is not the apparatus but the ideas that the Fourth International sought to protect and pass on to the next generation.

— From Keeping the International alive: a history of the Fourth International

(See also our separate section on Trotskyism.)

Title Created Date Author
Trotsky’s suppressed letter: an introduction by Alan Woods 01 February 2019 Alan Woods
Origins of Trotskyism 06 September 2018 Rob Sewell
Leon Trotsky on Organisational Problems 05 June 2018 Fred Zeller
[Book] Ted Grant - The permanent revolutionary 20 July 2016 Alan Woods
Ted Grant - The Permanent Revolutionary. Chapter Four: In Defence of Trotskyism 23 May 2014 Alan Woods
Ted Grant: the unbroken thread of Marxism 09 July 2013 Rob Sewell
[Video] Alan Woods on Ted Grant - his life and ideas 09 May 2013 Alan Woods
[Book] Ted Grant Writings: Volume Two 20 July 2012 Ted Grant
Keeping the International alive: a history of the Fourth International – Part Two 23 April 2012 Ted Sprague
Keeping the International alive: a history of the Fourth International – Part One 16 April 2012 Ted Sprague
Trotsky and the struggle for a Revolutionary International (1933-1946) - Part four 01 March 2012 Patrick Larsen
Introduction to "Ted Grant Selected Works Vol. 2" (Part 2) 08 February 2012 John Peterson
Introduction to "Ted Grant Selected Works Vol. 2" (Part 1) 01 February 2012 John Peterson
Trotsky and the struggle for a Revolutionary international (1933-1946) - Part three 19 December 2011 Patrick Larsen
Trotsky and the struggle for a revolutionary international (1933-1946) – Part Two 15 December 2011 Patrick Larsen
Trotsky and the struggle for a Revolutionary International (1933-1946) – Part One 22 November 2011 Patrick Larsen
[Book] Ted Grant Writings: Volume One 20 July 2010 Ted Grant
[Audio] Trotsky's Writings of the 1930's 20 March 2009
[Audio] The Founding of the Fourth International 20 June 2008 Rob Sewell
Leon Sedov – 70 years since his murder 15 February 2008 Rob Sewell