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1 thought on “Within the System

  • From afar, a return to business as usual, correction of the system error.

    When I first became a little conscious of politics, it was when there was Heath and Wilson. What I recall is that Wilson wore a raincoat and smoked a pipe, Heath played the piano, and electoral power oscillated between the two without any apparent change in how government worked. That is the essence of the electoral wing of neoliberalism, an apparent voting drama to focus the minds of the electorate to give them an illusion that their democratic vote meant power, but the vote being to most intents the essence of powerlessness practically as it was business as usual for the bourgeoisie whoever won.

    The system error in recent times has been the emergence of Corbyn and Sanders as viable candidates, both of whom have now been negated. For me this is a reaction to the emergence of the far right, but neoliberalism now has regained full control.

    People who don’t understand this electoral aspect of neoliberalism always blame the Labour leader for lack of control. Throughout his time in office there were always people standing up against him, you know this far better than I. From outside people saw a turmoil in Labour, for me this was just opportunists (Blairites) doing their neoliberal job – how they earn their beanos once out of office. Through the neoliberal lens it makes easy sense, from the point of view of getting Labour into power logic asks why these people were so publicly traitorous.

    During my relatively short but informative political activism in Brighton, my focus was trade unionism and not the Labour party – although for the grass roots activists were closely connected. Decision-making in trade unionism was dominated by two dynamics. On the right of the class, there was greed and little interest in broad working-class struggle. The other was the struggle between the commies and the trots. For the trot groups the commies were seen as a clear enemy as they were politically aware, tried to restrict the more extreme action, and attempted to bring a unifying organisational sense into the rhetoric of the trot groups such as Militant. Unfortunately this dynamic often meant the CP did not argue for the socialist ideals they represented. The commies are a political party so that dynamic does not exist within the Labour party.

    For an even shorter while, maybe two years, I joined one of the fractured CP. There is an amusing irony that one of the key CP points is that the Trots were always split over idealism, and yet the CP itself was split. My time in the CP meant I made enemies of the Trots, and in terms of organisational effectiveness it was a tactical mistake. But the education I gained within the CP was excellent. From what I recall of the Labour party there is only campaigning, education about campaigns, and limited education about the struggle. Factions within the Labour party have education about their own positions, but these don’t always include an understanding of Marxism, socialism and class struggle. Of course stuff is picked up on the way.

    That education has always helped me with understanding even when I am short of daily information.

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