of the congress for the refoundation of the fourth international
World Congress for the Refoundation of the Fourth International, with the
presence of delegates from Europe, Latin America, North America and the Middle
East, speaks to workers all over the world in order to call for a common
struggle against the exploiters of humanity and to openly present its platform
and political strategy.
this precise moment the heroic resistance of the Iraqi people is beginning to
humble the troops occupying their country. We are witnessing a people's uprising
that responds to the massacres and the genocide of the invader with the national
unity of the oppressed, whose divisions imperialism thought to use in order to
subjugate the Iraqi people. Imperialism's adventure of war has sparked a civil
war of international character between the masses and imperialism that extends
beyond the frontiers of Iraq itself.
spreads from the territories occupied by the executioner Sharon, to Afghanistan.
From Iraq it has ended in the development of an Intifada on the scale of the
whole Middle East.
World Congress for the Refoundation of the Fourth International calls to join
the international mobilization to expel all the troops, occupiers of Iraq,
Afghanistan, the Balkans, Chechnya, the Caucasus and Haiti.
live the people's rebellion in Iraq!
failure of the imperialist military occupation in Iraq occurs in combination
with the enormous world-wide mass movement against the war. After the debacle of
the right-wing government of the Spaniard Aznar, a picture of general
destabilization covers all the regimes "allied" with Bush's adventure.
"Street pressure," that is, the mobilization of the masses, has been
transformed into an active factor of the international situation.
has been transformed, for imperialism, into a quagmire. Twelve months after the
invasion, the very governments which commanded the occupation are on guard
against their own downfall.
In the United States itself, the clash between the security forces and the Executive reveals a division in the hard core of the State. The relations between the United States and Europe and within the Old Continent are dominated by clashes, friction and breakdowns. The failure of the attempt to subjugate the peoples of Iraq and the Middle East is creating a pre-revolutionary situation spanning the whole globe.
world crisis of capitalism
more than 30 years the capitalist economy has been shaken by crises and
bankruptcies of unusual extension and the collapse of gigantic capitalist
monopolies, nations and whole regions. Mass unemployment abounds in a growing
number of nations and poverty takes hold of hundreds of millions of more people.
capitalist restoration in the former worker States has provided no way out for
this crisis. Russia is dominated by economic disorganization and an
unprecedented social regression. An unequalled destruction of productive forces
is being carried out there; it has not been democracy that has grown, but rather
a regime of mafias and of criminal despotism on the basis of the old Stalinist
bureaucratic caste of the KGB.
China, the invasion of foreign capital to exploit the historic backwardness of
the country is giving way to an explosive and unilateral social development
which is bringing about, together with an enormous polarization of wealth, the
demolition of the mainly state-owned economy, a gigantic agrarian crisis and
are facing a period of decomposition of capital. The sporadic US recovery is
based on unsustainable economic unbalance. The inter-imperialist contradictions
threaten the survival of the European Union. The development of this historic
crisis has reinforced the tendency towards the creation of revolutionary
situations and of people's rebellions. As a whole, the so-called capitalist
globalization in nothing more than the deformed mirror of the dislocating
tendencies of capitalism, characterized by an unstoppable tendency towards the
overproduction of commodities and capital and by mass unemployment which finds
no comparison in any past epoch.
the same reason we are witnessing a stage of imperialist wars. The struggle for
the conquest of the eastern markets of Europe and Asia has a tendency of
transforming itself into an inter-imperialist struggle without parallel in
history. This inter-imperialist struggle intensifies the class struggle in all
nations, especially in the semi-colonies.
is the open expression of a more general phenomenon. Capitalism seeks a way out
of its ever increasing difficulties in spreading and reproducing itself through
the destruction of labor legislation and the regimes of social welfare. The
capitalist decomposition undermines the underpinnings of the political regimes
of the bourgeoisie; the fragmentation of the latter tends to dominate the
world-wide political panorama.
need a workers International
greatest challenge facing workers all over the world in order to confront the
catastrophe of capitalism is their own crisis of leadership. The traditional
workers organizations collaborate with the capitalists and form part of the
"anti-globalization" movement, which has been developing since the big
protests of Seattle of 1999, has made manifest that the capitalist catastrophe
provokes an extraordinary degree of unrest among various social classes,
including those wishing to save capitalism from itself. But what is necessary is
a workers leadership that struggles to put an end to capitalism and establishes
socialism on an international level. The "regulation" of capital and
the "pacification" of imperialism provide no solution: they are
capitalist governments of Mandela, in South Africa, and the PT, in Brazil, have
demonstrated that, once they form part of the government, center-left leaders
who propose "absorbing the shocks" of capitalist "globalization"
become agents of the most unbridled capitalism.
political disintegration of these governments and of "neo-liberalism"
could be a factor of political clarification if it serves the comprehension of
its insuperable limits and the need for a workers and socialist international
political organization. With its integration into the capitalist government of
Brazil, under whose mandate is registered the greatest slaughter of landless
peasants at the hands of the land-owners, the United Secretariat of the Fourth
International has been definitively condemned in the eyes of those immersed in
internationalist struggle the world over.
world situation taken as a whole may be summed up as follows: the bourgeoisie
cannot continue to govern as it has been doing and the social conditions of the
masses have become exceptionally unbearable. The political crises that shake the
failed invaders in the Middle East is only one aspect of the question. The
crisis of the French and German governments is beyond all doubt. Important mass
struggles begin to appear and to sink roots.
the Latin American continent, to the disintegration of Lula's capitalist
government and the braking of the revolutionary process which Evo Morales is
committed to imposing in Bolivia, with the help of Kirchner, must be added the
collapse of Aristide in Haiti. We are witnessing the huge failure of all the
democratizing left grouped in the Forum of São Paulo. In its turn, the
oligarchic pro-coup forces acting against the Venezuelan Chavez continue to fan
the flames of the crises and the mobilizations of the poorest masses of the
country in defense of the nationalist government.
the Fourth International!
Fourth International stands out in international political action by virtue of
this characterization of the world situation. The World Congress for the
Refoundation of the Fourth International puts forward a program, a strategy and
an organization to raise the proletariat to a position of leadership in the
struggle against world imperialism.
Congress for the Refoundation of the Fourth International speaks to the workers
of the whole world. From the struggle against unemployment, for the distribution
of working hours; against super-exploitation, for the eight hour workday and for
a minimum wage equal to the cost of a family's basic needs; for the defense of
pensions, the expropriation of the private pension funds and establishing
workers control; for the nationalization of war-related industries; for workers
control and collective workers administration; for the national independence of
the oppressed peoples; for the destruction of the Zionist State and for a
secular and single Republic in all the historic territory of Palestine; for a
workers and peasants government. On the basis of this struggle we make this call
to refound the Fourth International and to build a powerful combat International
of the world proletariat.
to victory, workers to power!
Aires, April 21, 2004
by: Manifesto Commission