From International Socialism, 2:6, Autumn 1979, inside front cover.
Transcribed by Marven James Scott.
Marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for ETOL.
This issue of International Socialism has been expanded by another 16 pages to make room for two important features. First of all there is Tony Cliff’s The balance of class forces in Britain today – a major reassessment of the class struggle in the light of the experience of the last five years.
Then there is the debate on the perspectives of the Fourth International between some of its supporters and the Socialist Workers Party. This takes place in the context of the forthcoming 11th World Congress of that body, to which we, in the SWP, have been invited for the first time. We will be attending as observers and the exchange published here is part of this process.
We have begun to receive some contributions to Chris Harman’s major article on the revolutionary left in Europe published in International Socialism 2:4, and we are including the first of them, by Riccardo Albione on Italy, in this issue. We intend to publish further contributions from abroad in future issues.
Finally we would like to draw our readers’ attention to Jonathan Bearman’s Anatomy of the Bennite Left. There is no doubt at all that the politics of the so called ‘alternative economic policy’ and the forthcoming debates within and around the Labour Party, will attract a lot of attention in the coming months. This article does a great deal to clear away some of the confusions that surround some of these notions.
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