Less Criticism, More Action – Be the Change You Want to See!

In the last 24 hours, somewhat surprisingly, I’ve seen plenty of commentary on my social media timelines in different threads about the British people’s supposed ‘unwillingness’ to fight austerity and oppose attacks on their living standards.

I’ve seen the British referred to as ‘slaves’, ‘obedient’, ‘brainwashed’, ‘conditioned to servitude’, ‘lacking minerals’, etc., etc. I must say, it frustrated me no end. Well, some comments:

1. The fightback has ONLY JUST BEGUN. How disrespectful to all those actively fighting right now, as they strike to defend and improve pay and conditions across numerous sectors.

2. This is shaping up to be the most severe period of disruption and civil disobedience in at least 40 years, possibly 100. After many years of quiet on the industrial front, workers in Britain are once again moving into action EN MASSE. Forecasts show an estimated 1M working days will be lost in December — the most disruptive month since July 1989. And will increase early next year.

3. Motions for coordinated strike action passed at the recent Trade Unions Congress AGM amount to cross-sector union disruption in the coming period akin to a General Strike — the first in this country since 1926.

4. Such shallow empirical analysis demonstrates a fundamental lack of understanding of our proud history of rebellion and fighting traditions in Britain. And also HOW the masses tend to move here. We might be slow to do so, but when we do, we typically do it with force. The likelihood is as the attacks on our living standards continue, more and more people will be drawn into the struggle.

5. Most ‘ordinary’ people are NOT REVOLUTIONARIES. They just want to get on with their lives. That said, history shows even the most conservative elements of the working (and middle) classes can radicalise and draw revolutionary conclusions when their living standards are repeatedly beaten down.

6. As the fight continues, unless demands are met, the youth who see little or no future will inevitably draw revolutionary conclusions. For many, this will bring the efficacy of capitalism itself into question.

7. This is a fight that will likely take years. It may or may not result in some form of system change. But fight, we will. There will be ebbs and flows. Victories and setbacks. We should buckle up for the long haul.

8. We should expect treachery from some of our own, as the capitalist class pay off the more right-wing and reactionary elements of the labour movement, in the unions and the Labour Party, who will call for hobbling ‘compromises’ rather than action.

9. Sectarianism is a dead end in Britain. Revolutionary parties ALWAYS amount to nothing. Whether we like it or not, in this country, the Labour Party is the political representative of the organised working class. If one wishes to influence policy, one must join the party or affiliated unions.

10. If there is a local demo, join it. If it is smaller than you’d like, don’t complain about how the British ‘don’t fight’. Help build it yourself! Don’t wait for others to do it for you.

Be the change you want to see!

Educate! Agitate! Organise!

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