Initial letter from Shuvu to New York branch leadership. Jan 18,2021.

 Dear Cdes, 

As a member of the branch committee, the so-called "leadership of the branch", I had  requested the document submitted by former SEP member C detailing his critique of the party line to Comrade X three times over the span of a week, the third after learning that his critique mirrored my own, a critique which I was organically developing as upon review of Trotsky's writings on fascism and the transitional program, I began to think dialectically,  recognizing the internal contradiction contained within the trade union, that between the  bureaucracy and the working class. 

As I had not received the documents requested, I reached out to C myself to request it,  as is well within my right not only as a party member but as a thinking being. Just as it would  be ludicrous to condemn Lenin or Trotsky for discussing fundamental political issues with non party members like Gorky and John Dewey, so it would be to condemn my action as a breach of revolutionary centralism. 

Upon review of this document, I have come to declare my agreement with it's political  conclusions. As such I have shared this to a few comrades outside of the branch who I feel  would view the document with a critical lens and share to others if they so choose. I have now shared this to the entirety of the branch committee with the intention that this be discussed  within the whole branch and indeed within the entire membership of the ICFI. This too is not a breach of revolutionary centralism, as it is a sharing of a critique on our party line, a line which is featured publicly on the World Socialist Web Site. If this is considered a breach of  centralism it would mean that the Trotskyist Party has adopted a method utilized by Stalinism  in order to suppress the democracy contained within Democratic Centralism. Furthermore it  would indicate a lack of faith of the leadership of the party to defend it's line to its ranks. 

My intention is not to sow chaos within the ICFI, though if that is a result, so be it. My intention is to fully clarify all of the political issues that are currently latent within the entire membership, particularly its vacillating and disaffected elements, and out of the blazing fires of the inner  party struggle forge a true combat party, ready to not only critique the bourgeoisie but to physically lead the proletariat in the revolutionary conquest of power. 

C's critique raises a fundamental question about the party line, a line which we adhered to for  almost thirty years, thirty years of global capitalist decline and several economic shocks and  crises, thirty years of fertile ground for the growth of Marxism. At the present, in the greatest economic crisis in human history, we still have not been able to develop worker cells or a  significant influence within the working class, or for that matter recruit the heroic elements  within the youth, which as the George Floyd protests can attest to, certainly exist. This fact  alone indicates a severe crisis within the party. 

If his critique proves correct this would mean a profound historical failure of the party, and would mean more than just a tactical error, but the cancerous growth of opportunism  within it's leadership and ranks, namely the dominance of sectarianism and dogmatism. 

The International Committee of the Fourth International is the vanguard of the working class.  This party is the culmination of an almost 200 year long struggle initiated by Comrades Karl  Marx and Frederich Engels against the Young Hegelians, declaring in the 11th theses on  Feuerbach

"Philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways; 

the point is to change it". 

At the present historical crisis, as the hammer of Fascism weighs ominously over the working  class and the prospect of nuclear world war lurks ever closer, it would mean suicide not only  for workers but for all of humanity if the party blindly moves forward with the incorrect line. It would mean a disgusting betrayal of the greatest historical leaders of the world  proletariat and the countless communists, socialists, workers, and the oppressed who have  perished carrying forth this struggle. 

In my attempt to make this criticism public to the entire membership of the ICFI, I am  performing my revolutionary duty as silence and complacency would mean a rejection of the  fundamental principle that Comrades Vladimir Ilyich Lenin and Leon Trotsky lived and died by: To orient oneself to the needs of the objective situation regardless of the difficulties it may  cause.  

I am fully aware of the consequences of this action and the likely sequences of events which  it will generate. However, in the pursuit of truth, I have no trace of fear, cannot be intimidated,  and am not in the slightest afraid to stand alone against the entire party apparatus if need be. 


Shuvu Batta

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