DECLARATION OF A LEFT TENDENCY IN THE FOURTH INTERNATIONAL FOR THE XIV WORLD CONGRESS
Submitted by Chris Edwards and Alex Acheson (Britain), Jette Kromann and Inge Sorensen (Denmark) 11 May 1995
The four leading comrades named above declare the establishment of a Left Tendency for the XIV World Congress of the Fourth International. The voting platform defining the Left Tendency consists of the following two documents. The Tendency will submit other documents for discussion.
1. "Building the International Today? -- What International?" (March 1993), submitted by Franco Grisolia to the March 1993 meeting of the International Executive Committee.
2. "Building the Fourth International and Mass Trotskyist Parties in Every Country" (December 1994), submitted by Franco Grisolia to the December 1994 meeting of the International Executive Committee and then resubmitted by the signers of this "Declaration" to the discussion for the XIV World Congress.
Chris Edwards is a member of the Central Committee of the International Socialist Group (ISG/Britain). Alex Acheson is a veteran Trotskyist, a founding member of the British section of the Fourth International (1938), and a former National Treasurer of the International Marxist Group (IMG, a predecessor of the ISG). Jette Kromann and Inge Sorensen are members of the Socialist Workers Party (SAP/Denmark). Comrade Kromann is a former member of the SAP Central Committee and was a signer of the "Appeal for the Establishment of a Left Tendency in the Fourth International for the XIII World Congress", and comrade Sorensen is a current member of the Editorial Board of the SAP magazine Socialist Information.
Leading Italian comrades of the Fourth International, including Marco Ferrando and Franco Grisolia, also support the Left Tendency, although the crisis of the Italian section has placed them in a situation where their membership in the FI has been referred ! to the XIV World Congress. Comrades Ferrando and Grisolia are former members of the Political Bureau of the Fourth International Association (AQI/Italy) and were signers of the "Appeal for the Establishment of a Left Tendency in the Fourth International for the XIII World Congress". Comrade Ferrando is the most prominent Trotskyist in the Party for a Communist Refounding (PRC) and a member of its National Directorate. Comrade Grisolia is also a member of the PRC National Directorate and the only Trotskyist member of the National Directorate of the General Confederation of Italian Labour (CGIL). Comrade Grisolia was elected to the FI IEC at the XIII World Congress and submitted the present document to the December 1994 IEC meeting, where he was deemed an observer pending the decision of the XIV World Congress. The crisis of the Italian section results from sharp differences over policy for intervention in the PRC. Comrades Ferrando and Grisolia were part of a minority in the AQI who proposed an active Trotskyist intervention into the PRC. They helped launch the magazine Proposta and form a faction in the PRC around it on the basis of an openly Trotskyist platform. The AQI majority refused to intervene in the PRC on an openly Trotskyist basis or to confront the PRC leadership, and declared that the minority had quit the AQI by implementing its activist policy. The minority comrades still regard themselves as members of the FI and the AQI, but the December 1994 IEC meeting ruled that they had left the AQI and referred the question of recognising them as a separate FI organisation to the XIV World Congress. The signers of this Declaration invite comrades who want to discuss these documents or who agree with their general line and want to join the Left Tendency to write to: Chris Edwards, Department 88, 1 Newton Street, Manchester M1 1HW, BRITAIN.