The book describes a decisive fight within the Socialist Workers Party in 1939-40 to defend the partys theoretical foundations, political principles, and organizational methods. Under the pressure of the outbreak of the second world imperialist war, a petty-bourgeois section of the party led by James Burnham, Max Shachtman, and Martin Abern began to reject the program and Bolshevik norms of party organization. Today it continues to be an essential handbook on organizing a communist partyone that is proletarian in its program, membership, and leadership.
La lucha por un partido proletario, issued as an Education for Socialists bulletin, is a translation of the entire text of the book. An earlier version issued last year contained only the main article. Pathfinder is preparing a new edition of the Spanish translation in book format, as well as a new edition of the book in English.
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