Mehring Books is making many classics of Marxist literature available in e-pub form. Take advantage of the Holiday Sale to stock your library and purchase gifts for friends, at Mehring.com. The Heritage We Defend reviews the political and theoretical disputes inside the Fourth International, the international Marxist movement founded by Leon Trotsky in 1938. It is a devastating reply to former Workers Revolutionary Party General Secretary Michael Banda's document “27 Reasons why the International Committee Should be Buried Forthwith and the Fourth International Built.”
Through detailed references to original documents and programmatic statements from the archives of the Trotskyist movement, the central political problems of the revolutionary movement—from the “French Turn” of the 1930s to the proletarian military policy of the Second World War, to the postwar struggle against Pabloism—are elucidated.
The book contains an objective assessment of the political contribution and evolution of James P. Cannon, Trotsky’s most important co-thinker in the US, as well as the evolution of the US Socialist Workers Party.
North’s exposition is essential for the education of a new generation of young people and workers seeking a way to fight against the international capitalist system and war.