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The Socialist Equality Party is the name of several branches of the Trotskyist International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI), the largest being in the United States. They are best known for publishing the World Socialist Web Site. Trotskyism is the theory of Marxism as advocated by Leon Trotsky. ... The International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) was a Trotskyist international network, formed in 1953 by groups who disagreed with the course of the Fourth International under Michel Raptis (Pablo) and Ernest Mandel. ...


In the United States, the SEP ran Congressional candidates and a Presidential ticket in the 2004 elections. It nominated Bill Van Auken for President and Jim Lawrence for Vice-President in the 2004 Presidential elections, in which its main call was for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all US troops from Iraq. Bill Van Auken (born 1950) was the presidential candidate of the Socialist Equality Party in the U.S. election of 2004. ...


The origins of the SEP lie in the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) of the early 1960s. Tim Wohlforth was a youth leader in that party and was opposed to the course of the organisation. With others, including James Robertson, he formed a tendency within the SWP called the Revolutionary Tendency (RT). It developed links with Gerry Healy's Socialist Labour League in Britain. The Socialist Workers Party is a small communist political party in the United States. ... Events and trends The 1960s was a turbulent decade of change around the world. ... Tim Wohlforth is a former Trotskyist politician. ... This article is about James Robertson the Trotskyist political figure. ... Gerry Healy (December 3, 1913 - December 14, 1989) was a Trotskyist politician. ... The Workers Revolutionary Party was a Trotskyist political party in the United Kingdom. ...


The two main leaders of the RT had different evaluations of the SWP. Robertson's position led the SWP to expel him and his supporters first. Wohlforth and his supporters were themselves expelled in 1964. They claimed that this was due to their insistence on a discussion of the decision by the of the Sri Lankan Lanka Sama Samaja Party to participate in the national government. They then formed the American Committee of the Fourth International (ACFI) and became the United States section of the ICFI. LSSP main office in Colombo Lanka Sama Samaja Party, a trotskyist political party in Sri Lanka. ...


The ACFI grew throughout the 1960s along with most leftist groupings. The ACFI was renamed the Workers League and developed into a nationwide organisation with hundreds of members. In 1985, the ICFI split over policies advanced by the Workers Revolutionary Party, led by Gerry Healy. In 1995, the group renamed itself the Socialist Equality Party. It is now based in Michigan and recently endorsed John Christopher Burton when he ran in the California recall. Events and trends The 1960s was a turbulent decade of change around the world. ... The Workers Revolutionary Party was a Trotskyist political party in the United Kingdom. ... State nickname: Wolverine State or Great Lakes State Other U.S. States Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Governor Jennifer Granholm Official languages English Area 250,941 km² (11th)  - Land 147,255 km²  - Water 103,687 km² (41. ... The 2003 California recall was a special election permitted under California law. ...


Other Socialist Equality Parties linked to the one in the United States exist in Australia, Canada, Germany, Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom.


Presidential candidates

  • 1984 - Edward Winn
  • 1988 - Edward Winn
  • 1992 - Helen Halyard
  • 1996 - Jerome White
  • 2004 - Bill Van Auken

Bill Van Auken (born 1950) was the presidential candidate of the Socialist Equality Party in the U.S. election of 2004. ...

External link

  • World Socialist Web Site (http://www.wsws.org)

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