Topic 5 – Trotsky’s Transitional Programme

How can we win the working class to revolutionary socialism?

“It is necessary to help the masses in the process of the daily struggle to find the bridge between present demands and the socialist programme of the revolution. This bridge should include a system of transitional demands, stemming from today’s conditions and from today’s consciousness of wide layers of the working class and unalterably leading to one final conclusion: the conquest of power by the proletariat.”

Leon Trotsky, The Transitional Programme, 1938



Reading 1: The Transitional Programme (Trotsky)


Reading 2: Founding the Fourth International (CWI)


Reading 3: On the Radicalisation of the Masses (Trotsky)


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