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The Militant, 11 May 1946

The Editors

An Historic Conference

From The Militant, Vol. X No. 19, 11 May 1946, p. 8.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for ETOL.


The Militant hails the International Conference of the Fourth International, held last month in Belgium, as the most inspiring and important event for the working people of the world since the end of the Second Imperialist World War.

This Conference was composed of tested revolutionary communist fighters, representing parties which have been subjected to savage persecutions for their devotion to the cause of labor.

It aimed to solidify the forces of revolutionary socialism and to arm the oppressed with a scientific program of action which can guide them to victory in the decisive struggle of our epoch – the emancipating battle against world capitalism.

Concurrently, in New York City, the conquering capitalist powers, their satellites and Stalinist accomplices met in the first formal sessions of the United Nations.

Through that conference the Big Powers are continuing the evil deceptions they practiced throughout World War II. While repeating catch-phrases about “democracy” and “freedom,” they are buttressing the most reactionary and oppressive forces. Instead of indicating the road to peace, they are engaged in paving the way for World War III.

The International Conference of the Fourth International, the World Party of Socialist Revolution, represented the leading forces which stand in irreconcilable opposition to the capitalist bandits and imperialist war-makers.

While all other claimants to leadership of the world working class have linked their fates with either these imperialist rulers or the Kremlin oligarchy, the Fourth International alone has remained true to the independent struggle of the oppressed masses for the overthrow of capitalism and the building of world socialism.

The vitality of the Fourth International, its ability to withstand hostile attacks and to emerge with ever greater strength and confidence in its future, is again exemplified by this conference and its work. It showed the indestructible power of the ideas, traditions and program of living Marxism. This is the cement which has bound the world Trotskyist movement so firmly together and enabled it to survive and grow despite unprecedented repressions and years of war-enforced isolation.

The Militant, which expresses the views of the Socialist Workers Party of the United States, is in complete solidarity with the views of the Fourth International’s manifesto and aims to educate the American workers in these ideas. For the Socialist Workers Party is an avowed Trotskyist organization, although not formally affiliated to the Fourth International because of the anti-democratic Voorhis Act.

We urge all our readers to study carefully the historic Manifesto of the Fourth International in this issue. It points out the only road to real peace, plenty and security.

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