It’s time to create a new working class party (Better still make the middle class history)

So we are told here here is a reply,2017,0,0,1,0 from workers power (you remember them) seem all cock roaches come to the suffice when they smell a little bit of opportunism The same tired old tune from the Trots and anarchist alike read on:

The first Socialist Alliance was set up in Coventry in 1992 and the first national meeting held in 1996 with eight local alliances represented. Within two years 20 local alliances and twelve left groups had joined. During the next two years the project took off with 58 local SA’s across the country.In 2001 the SA adopted a new programme and constitution and now involved all the main tendencies and groupings on the left, including the AWL, CPGB, International Socialist Group, Revolutionary Democratic Group, Socialist Party, SWP and Workers Power. The SA stood 98 candidates in the 2001 general election, making the biggest left challenge to the Labour Party for 50 years.

After the Bush-Blair war in Iraq, the SWP majority abandoned the SA for Respect and closed the SA down. However a significant minority did not accept this. In November 2005 the SA was relaunched at the London conference.

RATHER THAN OFFERING a bold political alternative to New Labour, Respect was founded on the idea that the Socialist Alliance had failed because it was overtly socialist and therefore that Respect should not follow its example. This was connected to the aim of taking more of an electoral orientation. So in Respect’s founding statement the only reference to socialism is hidden in the ‘s’ of the acronym RESPECT, and it is rarely mentioned elsewhere either in writing or verbally.

The founding statement lists goals such as an end to the occupation of Iraq, an end to all privatisation, a raising of the minimum wage and bringing back the railways and other public services into democratic public ownership. Its constitution adds: “Our overall aim is to help create a socially just and ecologically sustainable society”, and then mentions the need for “common ownership and democratic control”.

However, at Respect’s first conference in October 2004, of the 42 resolutions passed there were no references to common ownership or to socialism as a goal. During that conference, leading SWP member, Lindsay German, argued against a resolution which proposed that Respect should aim for a socialist society. She said that political diversity is needed in Respect, and also that the resolution was moved in ‘bad faith’ – a common argument of the SWP against resolutions it disagrees with.

The bare facts of the split in the Trotskyist group, Workers Power, (another player in the SA) (and the associated ripples through its tiny international front, the League for the Fifth International) are now well known on the left (documents from both sides of the split,On July 1, 2006 some 33 members (around a third of the total internationally) – mostly based in Britain, but also including comrades from Australia and Ireland.

They become Permanent Revolution and until now not much has been herd of Workers Power  in this open letter It is no secret that there have been several unsuccessful electoral initiatives of the left since 1997. There are many criticisms that can be raised but one point above all needs to be borne in mind. Not one of them aimed to establish a unified and democratic all-Britain political party of the working class. It would be a failure of imagination and of will if we bypass this opportunity once again. Full text of it here a reply to an open letter from

The SWP is all too aware of the differences and difficulties involved in constructing such an alternative. We do not believe we have all the answers or a perfect prescription for a left wing alternative. But we do believe we have to urgently start a debate and begin planning to come together to offer such an alternative at the next election, with the awareness that Gordon Brown might not survive his full term. One simple step would be to convene a conference of all those committed to presenting candidates representing working class interests at the next election.

Nither do we forget the part anarchist have played in this from CLASS WAR NO 73 to now: If they are to be believed, this is the last issue of CW, though no doubt someone will republish it, just as all the ageing punk bands who still provide the inspiration for one half of CW always stage comebacks – welcome to the old timers, but offering nothing new.

That said, there are positive things to say about this paper. To quote, “We need to find new ways of organising ourselves that can appeal to all the working class, male and female, young and old, black and white.” We wholeheartedly agree. While we could nitpick that this is not the first time this has been said, what matters is what we have in common, and what we can achieve together. So we recommend people do go along to CW’s meetings, with an open mind and clear from preconceptions, just to see if there are worthwhile common projects.

There are three areas where we can work together, in the locality, in the workplace, and around issues. Here are some of our thoughts.

Working locally is the most important and most neglected. It is in the local area where you can have the greatest impact and greatest visibility. And visibility is important, it’s the only reason anyone ever joins the SWP. However, local activities do have their problems. The reason many anarchists don’t prioritise local activity is often, we suspect, because they don’t feel connected with the locality, especially in cities like London, where many anarchists tend to ghettoise themselves in areas like Hackney and Brixton. Allied to this, it can be dull, and will take a long time. It is fair to say that concerted local work will pay back in terms of members, success and influence after 5 to ten years, depending on conditions. For young activists that is very daunting. It is also difficult at times for people to work out what to do. Fighting for a zebra crossing isn’t very glamorous, is it?

A good example of what can be done locally is the Bradford 1 in 12 Club, who have the confidence in their politics and the influence (and know a lot of the local politicians and bureaucrats because they’ve been around as long) that they can call meetings, demand that the council sends someone to answer questions, and the Council does! This isn’t to buy them off, it’s because the Council has learnt the hard way the price of ignoring them. Bad examples of local activity are legion, unfortunately.

Local groups do not have to be based around a social centre, though it obviously helps. They do need to have an understanding of what’s going on in their locality, and this is one of anarchism’s advantages over the 57 varieties, so why don’t we make more use of it? Perhaps we’re afraid of people breaking up our cosy little world, or perhaps we scare people off with jargon or the promise of loads of work as the victims of burnout see new members as an opportunity to rediscover a life.

Workplace organisation is just as essential, though obviously not everyone is in a position to do it. That many who are in such a position don’t is a result of confusion about unions and their role. Put simply, there is a difference between defending your rights at work and becoming general secretary of the TUC. There is not the same opportunity here as there is in local organising, but the two are complementary. If someone is victimised at work the local group can support and help out in terms of pickets, solidarity, doing stuff for organising campaigns where the workers want to remain anonymous. With the JSA and the quick succession of temporary dead end jobs many are now faced with, having a local is vital. It is worth being a shop steward or union rep, both for the knowledge and skills you will learn as well as the satisfaction of fighting the bosses at a small but meaningful level. In our opinion union positions outside the workplace, such as branch secretary and so on, while someone needs to do them, are not the best places for anarchist militants to put their effort into.

Successful workplace organisation needs two things – local support in terms of numbers and solidarity, and solidarity and advice from others in the same industry. These require both a local organisation (see above) and an industrial network of like-minded militants.

Issue based campaigns are perhaps the most problematic. We’ll start with a good example, the Anarchist Black Cross (ABC). The ABC has no problems in terms of members / supporters agreeing on political principle and on what they want to do collectively (it is a voluntary organisation after all). It is also not bound by constraints of geography or circumstances, even if you are the only anarchist on Rockall you can still write to prisoners.

What get called single issues are usually not single issues. The problems associated with them include working with other people who not only do not share your politics, but are openly hostile to them, such as Trots and Stalinists.

We are clear that we are not talking about a new organisation, there is no need for one. Should one arise it must come from the bottom up, from local groups networking. Our energy is better spent in organising than in another organisation. These meetings are to be welcomed.

Have we not been here befor?

No what we need to do is MAKE THE MIDDLE CLASS HISTORY

“Anarchism, really stands for the liberation of the human mind from the dominion of religion; the liberation of the human body from the dominion of property; liberation from the shackles and restraint of government.” Emma Goldman

At this moment in time we like to go under the name of underclass rising who are a mixed bunch, between us we represent most of the various ‘flavours’ of anarchism; class war, anarcho-syndicalists, eco-anarchists, marxist- autonomists, stirnerites, tolstoyans, mutual-aiders, punks, etc. we meet for drinks, parties, walks, discussion (OK, fights) and activism on a (sometimes) regular basis.We don’t think that a website is ever going to change the world and we’d encourage anyone living in south yorkshire to get off their arse and get physically involved in anarchist politics.send us an email wordwarfreeatrisedotnet for more,otherwise we will see you on the streets. read more about underclass rising and this project.


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