This text was originally published in 1977 in Inprecor, the French language journal of the Fourth International. Drafted by Mandel, it was adopted by what was then the United Secretariat of the Fourth International. The text was intended as a contribution to a debate in the Fourth International over the issue of Socialist Democracy in the run up the Eleventh World Congress of the Fourth International (1979).
By: Alex de Jong
This year marks 25 years since Ernest Mandel died. His contributions to Marxist theory remain relevant to 'understanding the world in order to change it'.