U.K. capitalist crisis, Grenfell corporate murder, Labour civil war escalating with PLP rebellion led by right, Brexit disaster impending with no united continential wide working-class resistance to oppose the bosses in the E.U. or out of it, economy worsening, racism still a huge threat and no serious strategy to ‘reclaim’ Labour, linked to a blind endorsement of second internationalism on part of Leninist type hard left. Shit…

Events are speeding up and the underlying conflicts, antagonisms, and complete lack of a coherent strategy forward on behalf of the ruling class OR the workers movement are the most pertinent features in this mass of confusion, uncertainty and divisions our class are left in.

Terrorist atrocities, a farcical and unrepresentative General Election followed by a minority tory government propped up by bribbing one of the most reactionary of right political parties (the sectarian, terrorist supporting democratic unionist party,) the corporate slaughter of the poorest and most oppressed working people in GrenfellTower which has sent shockwaves of horror, anger and fear throughout the class (the starkest and most disturbing reminder that our rulers literally do not care if we burn to death for them to make profit), austerity ongoing in our communities and workplaces and finally the impending disaster of Brexit with a gambling, reckless extremely weak and discredited May government utterly incompetent as negiotators and very possibly actually believing in Farage and co’s far right british nationalist fantasy that an E.U. free U.K. could somehow compensate for the loss of trade by returning to a mythical and utterly reactionary hayday of alternative alliances with the so-called ‘common wealth’ countries which in reality would mean an even greater exploitation of both the indigenous populations of these former ‘colonies’ and the working-class here.

Except this is the 21st century and the U.K. is a joke, a long declining world ‘power’ and the world economy is still in a depression, not having recovered from pre 2017 recession levels of growth and very likely heading for another crash.

I’m not a supporter of the E.U. and the capitalist single market but what alarms me is that Corbyn’s Keynesian policies, total lack of a strategy for what then to replace the E.U. and find alternative trade routes and unwillingness to call for mass mobilisation of working-class across europe to overthrow their right wing governments and the E.U. as the only possible way out of this nightmare. A Corbyn government would enter secretive negiotations with 27 hostile governments (apart from Syriza in Greece which itself has long capitulated to austerity and capitalist trade rules).

Seriously, what are the chances of a Corbyn gov winning for us? Why are so few revolutionary leftists not identifying, let alone critiquing the revival of the second international politics which the Corbyn mass phenomen undoubtedly represents? Why is there this ongoing silence about the racism mixed in with the anti-establishment mood of the leave vote in the first place?

The answer lies not just in the historic failure of Labour and social democracy but also the failures of the Leninist hard left, not least The Socialist Party and the Socialist Workers Party, both now in deserved existential crisis and long term decline. To be continued where I will address more fully the….

Politics of second internationalism and keynesianism, including

• No such thing as national interests (cross class alliances) – need internationalism

• Dereliction of duty to abandon the non-native to the U.K. population – class unity crosses borders

• Polorisation of right and left

• Brexit – immigration a significant factor – inchoate, nationalist driven popular revolt against E.U.

• SENSE OF NO FUTURE OR PAST (history of labour movement not generally known / no real optimism about the future / wishful thinking – looking to leaders working within parliament to solve our problems

• Dangers for Corbyn – compromising with labour right – would there be a split along rejecting Brexit lines

• Ireland – PEACE PROCESS AT RISK / BORDER ISSUES

• Competition for resources – DUP 1 billion deal

• Role of the Leninist hard-left, esp. SP and SWP

• REPUBLICANISM – ABOLISH THE MONARCHY

• Capitalist economic crisis – profitability. Not returned to pre-crisis livels of growth – technically a depression with another slump very likely

• Secretive negiotations with 27 EU countries, dominated by Germany and France (recent election of pro-EU Macron) – how is Corbyn and McDonnell going to win for the class with these people. Again, look at capitualtion of Syriza

• Denegerative role of traude union bureacracy – defeating austerity (can they even bring themselves to support demo on sat –no!)

• Growth of Islamaphobia

• Grenfill fire – product of decades of neglect by both parties

• WORKING CLASS ORGANISING ITSELF – LEFT USELESS, ORGANISING MTS AT UNIS!

• State of labour moivement – long term historic decline and no signs of it reversing. TUC way more right wing than Corbyn and McDonnell – nothing on their website to promote Sat’s demo

• Catastrophic, gambling policies of the Tories – reflects a ruling class in disarray, similar to U.S. ruling class’ problems with Trump – short-sighted, imperialistic fantasies. Hard brexit – disater for Brit capitalism, with terrible knock on effects for Ireland and whole euro zone. Loss of trade – terrible consequences for working class. ‘Common wealth’ trade fantasy

• E.U. is no haven for workers rights either – again, look at Greece

• Problem is that left have no exit strategy – only continential working class unity could provide a potential basis for alternative trade / economic system – which is exactly what TU bureacracy don’t want – FOR OVER A CENTURY NOW

• Progress – Labour ‘centrist’ or right-wing behind Blair. Lost Sainsbury’s funding, ha. Pro-Israel. People of Gaza are under seige. Israel regime is based on apartheid

• Youth vote for Corbyn – anyone born in last 25 years won’t remember Labour in the 80s (Michael Foot similar policies to Corbyn now) so Corbyn really does seem like a ‘revolution’ against the neo-liberal consensus of Blair and co

Research:

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jun/21/slow-wage-growth-down-to-return-to-the-past-bank-of-england-chief-economist
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017r-politicians-join-forces-to-fight-against-tories-hard-brexit

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-racism-immigrant-prejudice-major-factor-leave-vote-win-study-a7801676.html

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jun/26/tories-and-the-dup-reach-deal-to-prop-up-minority-government

https://www.rt.com/uk/394220-grenfell-death-toll-riots/#.WVLRtcUl0z8.facebook

Company that did Grenfell renovation about to get £65,000,000 London housing contract

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/27/queens-income-rises-to-82m-to-cover-cost-of-buckingham-palace-works?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Copy_to_clipboard

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/gerry-adams-sinn-fein-theresa-may-dup-deal-good-friday-agreement-breach-a7792171.html

Anti-Corbyn MP’s CLP disenfranchises members to appoint Conference delegate

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/dup-deal-today-theresa-may-conservatives-government-tories-dishonest-theresa-may-a7808921.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40409490

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/who-is-the-dup-leader-arlene-foster-a7808601.html?cmpid=facebook-post

https://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/corbyn-sceptic-think-tank-on-brink-of-collapse-1.440559

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jun/26/labour-mps-to-join-snp-greens-and-plaid-to-resist-single-market-exit?CMP=share_btn_tw




Are we all Corbynistas now?

The Word From Struggle Street

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Everyone is very excited about Jeremy Corbyn losing the election (except perhaps Van Badham). Since it was expected by the great and good that he would be crushed by the Tories the momentum of the campaign and the impressive increase in Labour’s vote share and seats won have thrown more disorder into a world political situation already rich with it. Like many I have been enjoying the schadenfreude of it all as all the morons who would pretend to rule us are shown to be the morons they are.

But more than this there is a real excitement about the result. I saw on Facebook that Craig posted a particularly apt quote from the end Mark Fisher’s Capitalist Realism:

The very oppressive pervasiveness of capitalist realism means that even glimmers of alternative political and economic possibilities can have a disproportionately great effect. The tiniest event can tear a…

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Investment, profit and growth

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I’m always banging on about the close connection between the movement of investment (expenditure on the means of production) and economic growth.  In my view, the evidence is overwhelming (The profits-investment nexus) that it is investment that is the main swing factor in booms and slumps, not personal consumption as many Keynesians focus on.  And it is also a key factor in the long-term growth of labour productivity.

A new analysis by the Levy Forecasting Center, an institute that follows closely the views of Keynes, Kalecki and Hyman Minsky, also confirms this view.  The report comments that “unsurprisingly, net fixed investment is strongly related to growth.”  

The slowdown in real GDP growth since the end of the Great Recession is clearly connected to the slowdown in business investment growth

Business investment in the US has ground to a halt and the age of the existing means of…

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Defeating the Coalition of Chaos – Down with any minority Tory government / No deals with the reactionary Democratic Unionist Party. Where next for workers? Corbyn strengthened but the right of his party are still an obstacle

As worker commuters waited this morning at the station for their trains to work-joy, the Metro headline ‘Coalition of Chaos’ following last Thursday’s General Election seemed to be on everyone’s minds. If May didn’t actually win outright, why are the … Continue reading

It’s been a long time coming. Self care is vital. We need this strength for the protests ahead of us. Down with the tories and the sectarian, sexist, homophobic austerity supporting reactionaries of the Democratic Unionist Party, the DUP. Defend women’s right to abortion. This hung parliament shows just how undemocratic first past the post is. May must resign. We need a mass movement of the labour movement to build the resistance now

The Dole Age

The Dole Age.jpgMaybe I’m just not of this world; my imagination struggles to accept things as they are, so that when I try to conceptualise how to resolve society’s ills, I can’t limit myself to what is ‘realistic’ or allowed by the status quo which our duplicit masters insist is permanent and unchallengeable.

The rulers, be they the corporate owners, the judiciary, the land owners, the royalty, the media barons and of course their representatives in parliament, have over decades developed, promoted and funded the most sophisticated artificial intelligence (search engines such as Google), military funded, corporate controlled spy ware (Facebook, Google again) and sophisticated techniques of mind control used widely in both the online and offline mass media in order to manipulate, pacify and isolate us until we disintegrate into submission and compliance.

You will go to work and if you don’t or can’t, then starve and die and be forever rejected by society and judged as useless. You will blame other poor people, you will stop caring about the most vulnerable (workers and students routinely ignore anyone who begs on the streets) and you have nobody but yourself to blame if life isn’t working out for you. You didn’t embrace Mindfulness group classes, you stopped taking those anti-depressants which don’t work and you keep up self destructive behaviours like drinking and drug taking sooo………. ‘What do you expect???’ Sigh the over-worked, under-paid and often barely functional themselves ‘professionals’ who have to squeeze in forty other people just like you in any given day – when you can get an appointment, that is.

At work, even if you are in a unionised workplace, more often than not, you may as well not be, because the ‘official’ trade unions are hand in glove with the employer AND the Labour Party which shares the bosses’ aversion to any form of workers’ militancy.  The bureaucrats bleat, ‘There’s no mood for strike action and the cuts can’t be stopped, so there’s no point even arguingI- a refrain from trade unions like Unison, an organisation which can’t even bring itself to encourage its members to attend anti-Tory party protests. Meanwhile, almost the entire so-called hard left champion Jeremy Corbyn – a mild, if well meaning parliamentarian unable to detach from the Labour right and the glimmer of power – as the saviour of the masses, rather than denounce the entire system and encourage working class people to organise ourselves and unite in collective protest action. Parliament isn’t a neutral institution ruling benevolently and independently of the class system in the interests of all, like a liberal philosopher’s wet dream; it is designed to maintain the ruling classes’ power, control and, above all else, their wealth, and keep us as obedient slaves.

Suck it up in the never ending story of The Dole Age? Nah, keep up the fist of resistance and keep on dreaming… One day.. One day.. We will wake up

 

 

Open letter to Jeremy Corbyn

I’ve sent the following open letter to Jeremy Corbyn (leader@labour.org.uk) following watching his televised leadership debate with my m.p., Owen Smith, on the Victoria Show on the BBC. I’ll wait and see if I get a reply from his office…..
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Hi Jeremy,
I’m writing to you as a long standing, independent socialist living in Pontypridd, your leadership challenger, Owen Smith’s constituency, to express my total frustration with the role of the Labour Party in implementing austerity, cuts, war and divide and rule within the working class both in the South Wales valleys and throughout the U.K. and to explain to you how whilst I admire your integrity, honesty and determination to stand up to the undemocratic plotting of the Parliamentary Labour Party, I remain very concerned about your strategy of pursuing unity with the right in your party. I also want to explain some of my own political history, my very serious reservations about the limits and dangers of representational politics and why I believe parliament is designed to maintain capitalist rule and can not be reformed to represent workers’ interests.
I watched the debate between yourself and Owen Smith on the Victoria show with exasperation. Although I am not, never have been and almost certainly never will be a member of Labour, the fact that the right-wing challenger comes from my town encapsulates why the Labour Party never appealed to me in the first place. Indeed, I’ve never even voted Labour. For decades and decades, the Labour Party, alongside its many supporters in the trade union bureaucracy, has provided the main career path for opportunist social climbers keen to avoid actual work and desperate to get on the money laden path of corporate financed political office, whilst ensuring the so-called labour movement does the government and employers bidding by stopping trade unionists, students and community campaigners taking any effective action against the endless attacks on our rights, living standards and communities, services and workplaces.
As a trade unionist with 15 years of experience in Unison, PCS, UCU and Unison again, my experience has been that the Labour Party in the trade unions has been the main barrier to any effective trade union action, instead preaching ‘partnership’ with the bosses. This has happened in my own workplace, a further education college in Cardiff, for example, where the college has been effectively privatised and turned into a ‘corporation’, leading to massively worsening of workers’ rights and a sub standard, expensive service for mainly working class students – a policy overseen and implemented by the ruling Labour government in Wales. So excuse me if I don’t believe that either Owen Smith or indeed ANY of Welsh Labour’s elected m.p.s, A.M.S or councillors are ‘socialist’ – and in the latter case, whether they claim to support you or not
. Labour Grassroots in Wales is not a left-wing organisation and some of the main ‘left’ leaders in it have actually implemented austerity and cuts throughout Wales. Smith may be from Pontypridd and now claims to be socialist but it’s not where you’re from that matters, it where you are now and what you have been doing with your life and Smith is an egotist utterly indifferent to the incredible poverty, mass unemployment and all round suffering that is the unbearable norm for the overwhelming majority of Valleys residents. Smith was incredible in his absolute dishonesty in that and no doubt all the other debates so far. I was struck by the talent and articulate anger of new members like the woman in the debate who expressed her shock and horror at the deceptive manoeuvring and desperate mud slinging of the Labour bureaucracy in effectively witch hunting Corbyn supporters, denying them a say in the party’s structures, miscasting them absurdly as ‘Trots’ and ‘cult members’ and worst of all, charging £25 – which for most of us out here in the real world is a lot of money – for the right to vote in the leadership contest.
However I’m very concerned that activists like this – rightly angry now they are learning in practice what the Labour Party is really about – are going to have their hopes that Labour can be ‘won back’ under your leadership cruelly dashed, so long as you insist on perpetuating the myth that Labour ever was a real socialist party in the first place (it never was and the betrayal dates back until at least 1914 when the Second International abandoned international class struggle to support their ‘own’ ruling class during WW1), understate the inevitable capitalist state opposition to any attempts to introduce increase in corporate taxation, decommission Trident and reverse austerity and the domination of the markets and above all attempt to achieve reconciliation between corporate sponsored politicians and business ‘leaders’ and working class socialists – a reconciliation which is impossible to achieve. The right wing in the party understand this but unfortunately you are reluctant to draw this conclusion which risks compromise, betrayal and ultimately defeat YET AGAIN for our class.
I believe that you and your supporters have a responsibility to not just your new members but to the entire movement to prepare the working class for the inevitable capitalist opposition to your policies – which by themselves are inspired by the capitalist supporting economist Keynes and are not socialist – and explain that capitalism can not be made nicer. Capitalism is production for profit and workers produce that wealth but we are robbed of it by the expropriators, many of whom sit very comfortably indeed in that wholly undemocratic institution the House of Lords as well as the so called ‘Commons’ which of course is anything but for ‘commoners’.
Just like Syriza in Greece, I’m very worried that even if you do succeed in staying on as leader until 2020 (which still means nearly four more years of hell for the working class), any Labour government under your leadership would attempt to ‘negotiate’ behind closed doors with dictatorial institutions such as the E.U., the I.M.F. and World Bank etc. thereby leading to yet more sell outs. I’m disappointed that your socialist in name supporters maintain these illusions despite knowing better. So long as the class are told to stay passive and rely on parliamentary representation by ‘leaders’ who are characteristically motivated mainly by ego, narrow self-interest and status (I except that you’re an honourable exception, but your rarity in parliament only illustrates the general and real character of politicians), the harder the task is to give the masses the confidence that we can take mass action to fundamentally change society in our collective interests.
I come from the generation which lost the right to free education; Tony Blair was elected when I was 17 and one of the first acts of Labour in power was to scrap the student grant and introduce tuition fees – my year at university was the first year to pay fees. Needless to say, I was and still am furious about this and when I decided to get involved in the campaign to scrap fees at Swansea University, there was no way I was going anywhere near the party which betrayed my generation and concentrated on praising Thatcher and the right of rich people to get obscenely wealthier again – the enemies of socialism. Instead I joined the Socialist Party – mainly because they were NOT the Labour Party and instead were organising resistance to the government’s anti-working class policies. Although I left the Socialist Party in 2013, frustrated and angry at their own lack of internal democracy and inability to practise what they preach – above all, women’s rights – I’d rather eat my own hand than join the same party as Tony Blair, arch war criminal and red Tory. For all the problems of The Socialist Party, the Labour Party, as the long term ‘second eleven’ of the ruling class and so called ‘party of government’ has actual blood on its hands and is responsible for far greater acts of betrayal than any delusional cult masquerading as a revolutionary party can muster.
Whilst I respect that you have rebelled against your party many times in parliament, I’m still angry at Labour’s murderous legacy in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Libya and Syria. Likewise I’m horrified by the Labour Party’s role in promoting the worst divide and rule policies – British nationalism, racism, Islamophobia and the demonisation and the deliberate starvation of unemployed workers and their families. As a virtual lone rebel, you could not stop any of these policies because the Labour Party was co-opted, neutralised and made part of the establishment nearly a century ago – yet I’m meant to join this delusional, myopic fantasy that the very party that is as equally responsible as the Tories for all the seemingly endless setbacks and defeats our class have suffered during this time – not least the defeat of the Miners’ Strike of 84/85 – is somehow going to become a real workers’ party even though the entire constitution and organisational structures of the party are precisely designed to ensure that never ever happens.
Therefore, if you are serious and sincere in your efforts, it is essential that you seek the re-selection of all the Labour m.p.s and effectively re-found the party on an entirely new basis. The fact that you and Momentum have ruled this out should serve as a major warning to all the socialists and soft leftie types currently inspired by you that yet more disappointment and betrayal is ahead. No one likes a nay-sayer but unfortunately the truth has nothing but contempt for people’s wishful thinking. Jeremy you’re a good man and all that and obviously I prefer you to the contemptible Smith, but your evident talent, courage and leadership are in danger of being smashed so long as you keep trying to revive a parliamentary party which in reality is a dead end for the working class. Break from the war mongers, the corporations which fund Labour and the parliamentary careerists and use your platform to launch a new and real working class socialist organisation dedicated to building genuine internationalism and struggle on a clear anti-capitalist program.
All the best,
SaraGovernments can be toppled