Magazine of the Socialist Party, Australian section of the CWI

Socialist unification caps off mighty international Summer School

Last July, six delegates from the Socialist Party travelled to Barcelona to be part of a deeply inspiring Summer School organised by the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI). The CWI is a worldwide revolutionary socialist organisation to which the Socialist Party is affiliated. The Summer School was the largest ever, with over 400 people attending from 31 countries and every inhabited continent. The atmosphere was truly electrifying.

The aim of the Summer School is to share insight and strategy in the global fight against capitalism. This international solidarity is priceless. Discussing and clarifying our ideas, and testing our method in struggles in different countries, makes our whole international stronger.

The exchanges were wide-ranging and lively. Plenary sessions attended by all delegates discussed the economic and political turmoil in Europe, the Trump administration’s effects on global politics, the rise of a new feminist movement, and our work around the world. Eighteen additional commissions explored a variety of topics in further detail, from struggles in specific countries to the role art can play in spreading socialist ideas.

This occasion was particularly special for two reasons. The first is that 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, when the workers of Russia took power into their own hands and began constructing a new society. A dynamic 600-strong public rally was held in Barcelona to commemorate this event and draw out the lessons it holds for activists and revolutionaries today.

The other is because the Summer School was held in conjunction with Izquerdia Revolucionaria (IR), another socialist organisation with sections in the Spanish state, Mexico and Venezuela. After a fruitful week highlighting the likeness of our approach, the School concluded with a unification congress between our organisations. This tremendous joining of forces heralds the need for principled left unity to defeat capitalism and transform society along socialist lines.

By Jeremy Trott

For more reports from the CWI Summer School visit: Largest international CWI School culminates in unification congress