Canada's Socialist Project on the call for a Fifth Socialist International
By Socialist Project (Canada)
February 15, 2010 -- On November 20, 2009, at a meeting of more than fifty left organisations from thirty-one countries, in Caracas, Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez called for formation of an international association of left parties and social movements to confront the challenge posed by capitalism’s global crisis.
Chávez called for a conference that would be not “just one more meeting” but a “socialist encounter” of the “genuine left, willing to fight against imperialism and capitalism”.
Many socialists and anti-imperialist activists throughout the world have responded positively to the appeal and recognise it as a significant response to the recent escalation of imperialist wars and interventions around the world, notably in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Latin America. They also have pointed out that the Caracas appeal also comes as the global working classes – and the planetary ecology – suffer the consequences of the worst economic crises since the 1930s.
This initiative quickly won the support of major Latin American left parties, including the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) of Bolivia, the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) of El Salvador, the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) of Nicaragua and Alianza Pais of Ecuador.
Socialist Project greets this initiative for more effective international unity of anti-capitalist and liberation forces, and pledges our solidarity and collaboration in efforts to achieve this goal. It is in the spirit of our founding statement that “our political commitments are necessarily internationalist”. We view this project as reflecting the unifying spirit of Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution, which has brought together forces from diverse political origins, with diverse ideological viewpoints and diverse proposals, into a common movement striving to serve the interests of the popular movement.
The initial supporters of the Caracas call for an international organisation of left parties reflect a similar diversity and a similar striving for unity in action. Such an effort was demonstrated recently in the international campaign against the coup in Honduras.
In Canada, too, we witness a growing process of trying to build unity in diversity among left and working-class forces. We encourage socialist activists in Canada to engage in this spirit with the project launched at the November 2009 conference in Caracas as part of the pressing struggle for a “socialism of the 21st century.”