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How the WRP Betrayed Trotskyism

Fourth International: Volume 13 no. 1

Author: International Committee of the Fourth International
Publication Date: Summer 1986

Scanned Pages: 130
Online Publication:April 11, 2009

In 1985, after a protracted process of degeneration, the Workers Revolutionary Party, the British section of the ICFI, broke decisively from Trotskyism. In May-June 1986, the International Committee of the Fourth International met and made an exhaustive analysis of the theoretical, political and historical issues involved in the WRP's collapse. "How the Workers Revolutionary Party Betrayed Trotskyism 1973-1985" was a major step in rearming the movement and preparing for the political battles that lay ahead in building a revolutionary leadership in the working class. These lessons are vital for the development of new sections of the ICFI internationally.


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Table of Contents

1. Editorial

PART ONE: From Trotskyism to Opportunism
1. Why the WRP Collapsed
2. Internationalism and the Fight for Trotskyism in Britain
3. Conflict with the OCI
4. The Founding of the Workers Revolutionary Party
5. The Expulsion of Alan Thornett
6. 1975: The Year of the Great Shift
7. The Labour Government in Crisis
8. The Trial of the "Observer" Lawsuit
9. The Fourth Congress of March 1979
10. The Election Campaign
11. The Degeneration of the Party Regime
12. The Right-Centrist Leaven of Ultra-Left Downsliding.
13. 1981: The WRP Embraces the Popular Front
14. All Power to the GLC!
15. The WRP Attacks the Trade Unions
16. Towards the Party of Law and Order

PART TWO: The Permanent Revolution Betrayed
17. The WRP Abandons the Proletariat of the Backward Countries
18. The Evolution of WRP Policy in the Middle East
19. Perspectives of the Fourth Congress of the WRP (March 1979)
20. The WRP Betrays the Zimbabwean Revolution
21. The WRP Betrays the Arab Masses
22. The Aftermath of the Congress
23. Libya: How the Bloc Looked in Practice
24. How Healy Courted the Ba'athists
25. The Outbreak of the Iraq-Iran War
26. A Mission for S. Michael
27. The Malvinas War: How Healy Worked as an Imperialist Stooge
28. How Healy "Defended" the PLO
29. The WRP and the Irish Struggle: A Case of Chauvinist Hypocrisy

PART THREE: The Collapse of the WRP
30. The WRP in Crisis
31. The Idealist Distortion of Dialectical Materialism
32. Opposition Inside the International Committee
33. Youth Training: A Fabian Escapade
34. The WRP Defends Stalinism
35. Strange Interlude: The 1983 Elections
36. "Dizzy with Success "—The Sixth Congress of the WRP
37. The Beginning of the End: The WRP and the NGA Strike
38. Conflict within the International Committee
39. The WRP Betrays the Miners Strike
40. The 10th Congress of the International Committee
41. The 10 Stupidities of C. Slaughter
42. The WRP Breaks with Trotskyism
43. Conclusion