Far left groups implode from time to time (eg the SWP at the moment and, back in 1985, the WRP). And not infrequently, new far left groups are formed (sometimes out of the wreckage of the implosions). What is very rare is for a far left group to simply jack it in, give up the ghost, voluntarily disband. I believe the US Independent Socialist League (the ‘Shachtmanites‘) did it in 1957 or ’58, but off hand, that’s the only example [I have been corrected – see comments below – JD] I can think of. Until now:
Permanent Revolution – dissolution statement
Permanent Revolution was established in 2006 following the expulsion of a
number of members of Workers Power in July 2006. The original intention of
the organisation was to continue to try and build an organisation based on
the core principles of revolutionary Trotskyism that we had all long
adhered to while still members of Workers Power.
During the following seven years we produced 24 issues of a journal that we
think made a significant contribution to debates within the far left, that
attempted to develop Marxist theory to address new issues and that offered
coherent programmatic answers to key issues facing the international
working class. As a consequence the journal developed a significant
audience and our ideas won a hearing across the left and the labour
This literary contribution was matched by the activity of our comrades who
led struggles in a number of areas and a variety of arenas – union,
community, anti-cuts, anti-racist and so on.
However, with the development of a number of new campaigns, networks and
organisations, combined with the decline of the established far left
groups, we recognise the need for the left to organise itself in radically
different ways. As a result we have now decided to cease publication of our
journal and website.
Instead we will direct our efforts and resources to building those
initiatives, regionally, locally and nationally, that we believe offer a
way forward that is more effective than the maintenance of ourselves as a
distinct group – for example, the Anti-Capitalist Initiative, Marxist
Networks and radical trade union and campaigning organisations that are
working to renew the labour movement and the left in working class
We would like to thank you all for your support over the past seven years
and we know that we will continue to work with you in common struggles in
the years to come.