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Socialist Equality Party, 2008
The Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party (US)

This document was adopted at the founding congress of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) held in Ann Arbor, Michigan on August 3-9, 2008. Tracing essential historical events and political experiences of the working class and Marxist movement spanning more than a century, it establishes the theoretical and political basis of the struggle for socialism.

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  1. The Principled Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party
  2. The Origins and Development of Marxism
  3. The Origins of Bolshevism
  4. The Theory of Permanent Revolution
  5. Lenin’s Defense of Materialism
  6. Imperialist War and the Collapse of the Second International
  7. The Russian Revolution and the Vindication of Permanent Revolution
  8. The Communist International
  9. The Origins of Stalinism and the Founding of the Left Opposition
  10. The Consequences of “Socialism in One Country”
  11. The Expulsion of Trotsky
  12. The Early Struggles of the International Left Opposition
  13. The Victory of Fascism in Germany
  14. The Fourth International and the Struggle against Centrism
  15. The Treachery of the Popular Front
  16. The Revolution Betrayed
  17. The Founding of the Fourth International
  18. The Outbreak of World War II and Trotsky’s Last Struggle
  19. Trotsky’s Defense of Materialist Dialectics
  20. The Petty-Bourgeois Opposition and Party Organization
  21. The Fourth International and the Outbreak of World War II
  22. Trotsky’s Place In History
  23. The United States Enters the War
  24. The End of the War and the “Buffer States”
  25. The United States and the Restabilization of Capitalism
  26. The Post War Upsurge of the Masses
  27. The Chinese Revolution
  28. The Establishment of Israel
  29. The Korean War
  30. The Origins of Pabloite Revisionism
  31. Pablo’s Repudiation of Trotskyism
  32. The “Open Letter” and the Formation of the International Committee
  33. The Lenin-Trotsky Theory of the Party
  34. Stalinism in Crisis
  35. Castroism and the SWP’s Return to Pablo
  36. The SLL’s Defense of Trotskyism
  37. The Pabloite Reunification and the Betrayal in Ceylon
  38. Opposition in the SWP: The Emergence of the ACFI
  39. The Third Congress of the ICFI
  40. Pabloism, the New Left and Guerrillaism
  41. “Continuity” vs. “Reconstruction” of the Fourth International
  42. The Formation of the Workers League
  43. Split in the International Committee
  44. The Founding of the Workers Revolutionary Party and the World Crisis of 1973-75
  45. Wohlforth’s Break with the Workers League
  46. The Workers League After Wohlforth
  47. The Origins of the “Security and the Fourth International” Investigation
  48. The Role of Joseph Hansen
  49. A Phony “Verdict”: The Pabloites Endorse the Cover-up of Stalinist Crimes
  50. A Shift in the World Situation: The Capitalist Counter-Offensive
  51. The Crisis in the Workers Revolutionary Party
  52. The Workers League’s Critique of the WRP
  53. The Collapse of the WRP and the Split in the International Committee
  54. A Further Comment on the Cause and Significance of the Split in the ICFI
  55. After the Split: The Significance and Implications of Globalization
  56. Perestroika and Glasnost in the USSR
  57. The End of the USSR
  58. The Struggle Against the Post-Soviet School of Historical Falsification
  59. Globalization and the National Question
  60. Globalization and the trade unions
  61. The Formation of the Socialist Equality Party
  62. The Significance of Equality
  63. The World Socialist Web Site
  64. The Explosion of Militarism and the Crisis of American Society
  65. The Crisis of World Capitalism and the Tasks of the Socialist Equality Party
  66. The SEP, the ICFI and the Resurgence of Marxism