[Marxism] Crisis in CWI and my own experiences

John Reimann 1999wildcat at gmail.com
Sun Aug 11 11:24:49 MDT 2019

At a time when capitalism is dragging the world into crisis and the world
working class needs a workers international more than ever, at exactly this
time what was probably the world’s largest “Trotskyist” international in
the post WW II period – the Committee for a Workers International (CWI) –
is breaking apart. Nor is the CWI alone: Just a few months ago, the
International Socialist Organization (ISO) collapsed completely. Some
socialist groups have produced explanations of what happened in the CWI.
“Left Voice’s” is but the latest. I think that they miss the mark.

I was part of the CWI from 1982 to around 1996. I worked as a full timer
for eight years and was associated with the CWI International Executive
Committee (IEC) for most of those years. Here is my view, based on my
experiences. There may well be things I don’t see, but I hope it can help
add to the explanation. I start with why I got involved in the first place:


*“In politics, abstract terms conceal treachery.” *from "The Black
Jacobins" by C. L. R. James
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