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1983 The Fourth International 1945 – 1968 3

17 January 2017

In this part of his lecture, Bensaïd mentions the discussions that were enabled by the reunification, primarily around the implications of entryist tactics, although the main agreement in the reunification was that the discussion of entryism should be suspended. The Soviet-Chinese conflict developed in 1960 after the last big world conference of communist parties that brought together 81 of them. Bensaïd summarises the post-reunification years as follows: On the one hand, a symbolic reunification on the main events and tasks in the colonial and political revolution in the end of the 1950s, on the other hand, this period of reunifications is breaking with a crystallised secterian current (Lambert, et al.). The dynamics created by Pablo's long-term perspective of entrism provoked some by-products and lead to the break of Pablo himself in 1964. Bensaïd then moves onto the last part of his account of the FI: the break with entryism. Three subheadings: a) how to go out from entrism, and the case of France, where workers denied entering Stalinist parties; b) some big problems are in fact solved with entrism, such as the problem of the united front, which is developed for mass parties but not for smaller organisations; c) functioning as a fraction, which is different for bigger parties and smaller organisations. Bensaïd discusses the examples of France, Italy and Germany to talk about the results of break with entryism, and lessons learned.

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