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Internationalist Communist Tendency

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Internationalist Communist Tendency

The Internationalist Communist Tendency is a Communist Workers Organisation (CWO) in Britain. Its other affiliates are the Internationalist Workers Group / Groupe Internationaliste Ouvrier in the United States and Canada, the Gruppe Internationaler SozialistInnen (GIS) in Germany and a small French Section.


  • Ideology 1
  • Practice 2
  • External links 3
  • References 4


There were two main reasons for this initiative. The first was to give organisational form to an already-existing tendency within the proletarian political camp. This had emerged from the International Conferences called by Battaglia Comunista between 1977 and 1981. It was grouped around the following political precepts:

  • The basis for adherence to the last of these conferences was the seven points for which the CWO and PCInt. had voted at the Third Conference. these were:
  • Acceptance of the October Revolution as proletarian.
  • Recognition of the break with Social Democracy brought about by the first two Congresses of the Third International.
  • Rejection without reservation of state capitalism and self-management.
  • Rejection of the so-called Socialist and so-called Communist Parties as bourgeois.
  • Rejection of all policies which subjects the proletariat to the national bourgeoisie.
  • An orientation towards the organisation of revolutionaries recognising Marxist doctrine and methodology as proletarian science.
  • Recognition of international meetings as part of the work of debate among revolutionary groups for coordination of their active political intervention towards the class in its struggle, with the aim of contributing to the process leading to the International Party of the Proletariat, the indispensable political organ for the political guidance of the revolutionary class movement and the proletarian power itself.


The second was to act as a focus for organisations and individuals newly emerging onto the international scene as capitalism's deepening crisis provoked a political response. In the event, the first decade of the Bureau's existence has hardly been one of a massive revival in the class struggle. On the contrary, workers' response to increasing attacks by capital have in the main been limited to sectional conflicts, even if militant (such as the British miners' strike of 1984-5 or the on-running struggle of Spanish shipyard workers) and have as a result been defeated. International capital has thus been given a breathing space in which to restructure at the cost of millions of workers' livelihoods, increasing austerity measures, worsening conditions of work and the terms for the sale of labour power.

In this context, it is not surprising that there were relatively few newcomers to proletarian politics during the Eighties. Many who did make an appearance later disappeared as political isolation overwhelmed them. Nevertheless, despite the unfavourable objective situation, the organisational existence of the Bureau has been consolidated. As well as sharing responsibility for worldwide correspondence and where possible organising face-to-face meetings and discussions with the political elements with whom the IBRP come into contact, the IBRP has issued several international statements and distributed them in various languages at crucial points over recent years.

Finally, the Bureau exists as a specific and identifiable tendency within "the broad proletarian camp". The IBRP define this as those who stand for working-class independence from capital; who have no truck with nationalism in any form; who saw nothing socialist in socialism is one for the working class as a whole. It is a task which cannot be delegated, not even to the class conscious vanguard.

In 2009, the organisation renamed itself as the "Internationalist Communist Tendency".[1]

External links

  • Official website
  • ICT platform
  • Libcom forums (IBRP)


  1. ^ The International Bureau for the Revolutionary Party becomes the Internationalist Communist Tendency, 26 September 2009
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