With another reactionary Tory government in office people are wondering what can be done to beat off further oppression and exploitation of the great mass of the people. Here are some answers which won’t work:
- Reclaim the Labour Party for socialism. The election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader has rekindled hopes of Labour adopting more radical politics. But already reactionary Labour MP’s and the media are hard at work to water down Corbyn’s policies and render Labour harmless to ruling class interests.
- Form a new left wing party. Left Unity and the Socialist and Trade Unionist Coalition have been standing in elections and getting poor results. They put forward reformist, social democratic platforms. Their line is that if only we elect the right people than everything will be all right. They fail to recognise that we have the wrong system, a fake system of “democracy” designed to keep the rich rich and make them richer. It’s the system which needs changing.
- Carry on with the old campaigning methods. Demonstrations, marches, public meetings, petitions have all been tried as ways to resist cuts and austerity and it hasn’t worked. The politicians, both national and local, simply ignore these sort of protests. To simply uncritically carry on in the same old way is mindless and useless.
SO WHAT SHOULD WE DO?
We should start taking direct action to get at the politicians and those who carry out their dirty work for them. We can:
- Withhold Council Tax—starve funds going to local councillors implementing cuts in social services.
- Disrupt meetings—prevent councils passing cuts budgets and other bodies turning public services over to private companies.
- Occupations– take over council and government offices. Also private companies cracking down on poor people.
- Confrontation—publicly expose politicians and officials implementing austerity measures. Picket their homes and turn these people into pariahs.
- Disrupt IT systems—government and business are heavily dependent on IT. Already people have hacked into their systems. This should be taken further.
Engaging in these sort of actions would give people the courage and confidence to pose real challenges to our rulers and their lackeys—and to go further.
We should also begin to build a revolutionary movement in Britain. There are some organisations which claim to be “revolutionary” but none of them are credible, e.g. Socialist Workers Party, Socialist Party, etc. because in practice they peddle reformist politics.
Revolutionary Praxis aims to help people develop into committed revolutionaries, thoroughly oppose and expose reformist politics, explain the necessity of violent revolution and stimulate popular struggles in a revolutionary direction.