The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Introduction

Mar 31, 1980

This is the first issue of Class Struggle, a quarterly journal edited by the Spark.

We are Trotskyists. We intend to build the revolutionary party of the working class, a party which must exist not just in this country, but around the world: that is, we stand for the rebuilding of the Fourth International.

Revolutionary ideas have been cut out from the working class for many years, especially in this country. We think that if the revolutionary party is to be built, the revolutionary movement must implant itself in the working class and gain an influence among the workers.

In Class Struggle, we want to discuss the problems raised by these tasks. And we also want to discuss the different political problems posed for revolutionary militants by their activity or by the political life, both in the United States and around the world.

This new Class Struggle succeeds the bilingual English-Spanish Class Struggle-Lucha de Clase, edited by the French Trotskyist group Lutte Ouvriere.

Lutte Ouviere and Spark may exist in different countries; but along with our comrades of the West Indian group, Combat Ouvrier, and of the African group, UATCI (Union Africaine des Travailleurs Communistes Internationalistes), we share the same program; we share the same conceptions of the revolutionary party we want to build and of the tasks that this poses for us today.