A fifth international

By George Volkov

“The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living. And just as they seem to be occupied with revolutionizing themselves and things, creating something that did not exist before, precisely in such epochs of revolutionary crisis they anxiously conjure up the spirits of the past to their service, borrowing from them names, battle slogans, and costumes in order to present this new scene in world history in time-honoured disguise and borrowed language.”
Karl Marx- 18th Brumaire of Louis Napoleon.

How does this relate to my article, you ask?

Well, with countless socialist internationals (and around 5 fourth internationals) we are fragmented. We are weak. Our socialist parties have degenerated into sects, splitting over small issues.
The International workingmen’s association was the first group to unite the revolutionary left: anarchists, socialists, communists; it was home to famous figures such as Marx and Bakunin.
This later expelled the anarchists, who went on to found the second international. This collapsed due to disagreements over the first world war.
The 3rd international and 4th International only included communists of a specific tendency, so were flawed and isolated from the start.
What is required is a pan-leftist, or united front as some call it, International.
We must reject all sectarianism and dogmatism, accept all anarchist, revolutionary socialists and marxists, and run it on the principle of democratic centralism- freedom of discussion, unity of action. I hope all leftists see the same things I do, we leftists constantly divide ourselves, and can not liberate the proletariat from the yoke of the bourgeoisie if we are divided. We can only overthrow capitalism if we are united. So I say to you all: marxists of all kinds, anarchists of all kinds and all revolutionary socialists, unite to form a new, fifth international, a revolution international.
Workers parties of the world, unite!

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