In the aftermath of the 1959 Cuban Revolution, the International Committee -- while defending the Castro regime against US imperialism -- rejected the impressionistic and facile Pabloite designation of Cuba as a "workers' state." 1/
The essential issues raised in this dispute were not over mere terminology. Rather, the ICFI rejected the Pabloite claim that Castro showed that a socialist state could be established by non-proletarian forces, without organs of workers' power and without a Marxist party. 2/
The SWP justified its adaptation to Castroism and its abandonment of the fight to build the Fourth International with the claim that the masses "are completely unable to wait until a revolutionary-socialist party is constructed before they move into action." 3/
The SWP argued: "Since such parties do not exist, except as small nuclei, the masses, following a well-known law of politics, push to power whatever leadership of national scope happens to stand to the left of the ruling party." 4/
Thus, the SWP, which in the early 1960s was breaking with Trotskyism, hailed Castro as an "unconscious Marxist" and claimed that his regime was the harbinger of a revolution, in which neither the Fourth International nor the working class played a central role. 5/
In response to the Pabloite arguments, the ICFI warned: “If the ‘new’ theory of the socialist revolution in Cuba is accepted there will be no more Trotskyism in South America, in Africa, and possibly none elsewhere..."6/
The ICFI warned against the Pabloite capitulation to bourgeois nationalists. "This tendency, and the neglect of the primary need to recruit, cherish and develop the revolutionary cadre of the Fourth International, will lead to suicide if it is victorious.” So it happened. 7/
Eventually, the Pabloites placed accolades upon movements such as the Algerian FLN, Nicaraguan FSLN, the Argentine Peronists, Grenada's New Jewel Movement, Brazil's Lula, S. Africa's ANC, et al. The stand taken by the ICFI was immensely far-sighted. 8/
The IC was correct: “There is no road to working-class power except [by] the smashing of the bourgeois state and the workers own organs – Soviets, workers’ councils, etc. – controlling the national life. This is true in the advanced countries and in the colonial countries." 9/
The work of the Socialist Equality Party and its co-thinkers in the International Committee of the Fourth International is rooted in a powerful historical, theoretical and political foundation. On this basis, the crisis of revolutionary leadership will be finally resolved. 10/10

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