5 Callender Street
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In the wake of the Russian Revolution and the fall of the Kaiser in Germany, members of the newly founded Communist International sought to grow from these successes into a mass workers movement worldwide. The Comintern faced a dilemma, however: on the one hand, it needed to win over the majority of the international working class, which still supported reformist social-democratic parties; on the other hand, it needed to retain the allegiance of impatient young radicals who wanted immediate revolution.
Today, the organized left faces a similar dilemma. We are in an urgent political moment in which we must simultaneously 1.) respond to Trump’s constant attacks on all exploited and oppressed peoples, 2.) build a sustained movement against the fascist forces of white supremacy emboldened by Trump, and 3.) work outside the bounds of the Democratic Party, which continually refuses to advocate for its purported voter base.
The theory of the United Front was Leon Trotsky’s solution to this political dilemma. It is also integral to how the ISO sees the defeat of fascism. We seek to build with the broadest forces, not just because it’s organizationally effective to have more people, but because we believe that the process of engagement by the largest numbers brought into struggle challenges mainstream assumptions of how to fight not just fascism, but all rights for working people.
Join the Boston branch of the International Socialist Organization for a study group on the theory of the united front, and how we can use it to build a contemporary anti-fascist movement and win an equitable, just world.