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17Local Controlvs SocialismExcb.attges The Fourth htterttationalThis is the second part of an exchange between Of special importance to you, since you arethe Labor Committee tendency and the Unified justly concerned with our views on the problem ofSecretariat (the "Fourth International" supported Stalinism, as you call it, is Marcus' "Centrism As Aby the U.S. Socialist Workers Party). A spokesman Social Phenomenon," in which the germinalfor the Unified Secretariat, Serge Neimetz, approach presented by Trotsky's autobiographyproposed such a public discussion in a letter to has been examined and resolved with the aid ofLeonidas Karipis which was published in the last theoretical apparatus which had not yet beenissue of the Campaigner, along with the first part developed in Trotsky's lifetime. This publication,of Karipis' reply, which dealt primarily with of pamphlet-length, occupies the approximatehistorical questions respecting the Fourth entirety of the Jan., 1970 issue of The CampaignerInternational which were raised by Neimetz. in which medium the thesis has been circulatedFollowing is the conclusion of the Karipis letter to among a number of groups in Germany, France,Neimetz and the Unified Secretariat. Italy, Great Britain, in the Greek movement, aswell as in the U.S.A. itself. This thesis provides the_ basis for the historiographic method employed tointerpret the documented developments asOur treatment of the three capital topics of represented by Karipis' "Trotskyism Today." Thisdebate {strategy, program, organization) here will you would wish to review even on the basis of thebe limited for mechanical reasons to certain controversy over the "Centrism... " article itself.highlights we deem most essential to merely definethe basis for further systematic discussion of these By the same author, the pamphlet, Thetopics. Once the implied agenda presented in this Philosophy of Socialist Education {Oct., 1969),summary presentation has been established, it will while overlapping the theoretical summariesbe possible to proceed to the next step in presented in "Centrism..." presents this in adifferent topical context. Although the treatmentdiscussion, and with a certain efficiency in time of philosophy is somewhat elliptical, out of respectand effort, examining each included point in phasalabstraction from the interpenetrating contiguous for the dimensions of a pamphlet, you can adducesome useful suggestions for your further study oftopics, essential background sources from that. We have acopy of six chapters and the introduction to theMeanwhile, for purposes of reference, there areseveral publications either already in circulation orsame author's forthcoming book, Dialecticalwhich can be placed at your disposal, in which Economics, from which copies could be producedsome of the essential theoretical development is for you by some means or other. Although thealready accomplished to the extent that we need material is not yet in finished manuscript draftnot repeat it here. These include several writings of form, the need for final editing would not impairthe U.S. Marxist, L. Marcus, which have either the source for your present purposes.played an explicit part in the educational life of Finally, two more items. The Winter, 1971 issueour group or which reflect other systematic of The Campaigner, contains a critique by L.educational activities which have provided a Marcus of the British I.S. Sept., 1970 Draftconmderable part of the basis for formulation of Resolution, which has direct bearing on ourour strategy, program, organizing perspectives and present discussion-topics. The same issue alsorelated features of our organization, contains the Jan., 1971 Draft Resolution on

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