Here, I shall show my political views, philosophical views and other ideas. I hope in sharing them I can express and expose my personality, my hopes and my personal struggle.
I hope that we can see eye to eye. I hope that I can try to inspire and enlighten.
These are in no particular order, it is just my beliefs on different subjects. I will add more as time goes on.
In the age of modern, global capitalism, exploitation around the world has reached a fever pitch. The capitalist crisis has been more devastating than any before, leaving entire economies in death throes. In fact, we are now facing ecological destruction if we do not make a radical change in how this world is run. In the face of this, I will attempt to express my views on how this occurred and more importantly what is to be done. I will reflect on various movements, tactics and ideologies, as well as struggles against oppression of all forms.
I am firstly a Libertarian Socialist with a strong Marxist tendency. This being said, I am strongly eclectic and like to draw tactics and ideas from many movements including Democratic Socialism, Trotskyism, Anarcho-Communism, Marxist-Leninism and others. I chose Libertarian Socialist as my label because I like its connotations as both far-left and libertarian (in the traditional sense of the world).
I am strong believer that different places around the world have different economic and social situations and as such, they need different tactics. There is no one size fits all for the struggle and that is okay, that diversity is what will allow us to overcome the oppressors.
Now, in my political philosophy, I am a Marxist. I see economic relations as fundamental in the structure as society, as from these economic relations come systems of power and dominance, and from that conflict all history plays out before us. History is fundamentally a struggle between the oppressed and their oppressors, a competition for resources and a vying between human freedom and dominance. I also see Marxist economics as the best way to analyse and understand the present state of global capitalism and what drives it. Marxism of course doesn’t have all the answers, no one philosophy does, but I think gives excellent pointers for understanding human society and economic systems.
So in general, what do I believe in? I believe that history is a struggle for human freedom from oppression and injustice, and these goals are our ultimate ends. It is the struggle between enlightenment and ignorance, between freedom and slavery, between oppression and empowerment. In face of the great injustices of today’s society, and our impending destruction at our own hands, it is now more imperative than ever to organise and move forward to throw off the old order and construct a new one, free of oppression, slavery, poverty and boredom. The ultimate goal is human freedom, harmony with each other and the environment and justice for all.
To achieve such a revolution, it is necessary for the working masses and their allies to smash the powers of the old society and transform it into a new one. This is their historical role as the dispossessed class that has nothing outside of their ability to labour.
On Revolutionary Organisation
In many nations around the world, the revolutionary left is in a period of stagnation, especially in countries such as the UK, the USA and Australia. A century of revolutionary upsruge and struggle has left an overwhelmingly sour taste in many mouths, and has led to a fractured, sectarian and disillusioned movement, in places separated from the masses of people they claim to represent and fight for.
This is not to discourage or attack the great work many activists are doing, but I think we need to face the primary contradiction of our age: We do not have much time. The forces of capitalist, industrial society have machined a cataclysmic force in its endless destruction of the natural world. The revolutionary movement has the ideas, they have the analysis, they have the solution to this crisis. What we need is unity, forces and action.
So, what sort of organisation should we build. Well there are many different ideas, and I have been influenced by Leninism and Trotskyism as well as anarchist thought such as Platformism.
I think that the key need of a revolutionary movement of the current situation is to do the following things:
- Bring the diverse and multi-tendency left together and keep them united around common principles and mass action as an organisation.
- After gathering such forces, openly and fully facilitate debate between different tendencies. Through a process of patiently explaining and overcoming past misinterpretations and misunderstandings, only through that process can we arrive at a new revolutionary programme of a unified left.
- Form an organisation from the ground up, guaranteeing a certain level of local autonomy while still binding forces together to make a united effort on a regional, national and eventually an international level. The centre does not give orders to the periphery, but rather the centre acts as a space for the periphery to organise on a larger scale.
- Be flexible enough to incorporate many different forms of activism within the organisation, from volunteer/charity work to direct action to trade/industrial unionism and factory councils.
The Programme of such an organisation would need to be broad enough and flexible enough to bring together diverse and often bitter political forces, but still maintain to a certain set of principles.
And most fundamentally are two key points:
- The organisation is not a body that exists above and away from the social movements of its time, but rather is in the movement and part of the movement and forming a dialectic of learning with the movement.
- The organisation serves as a space for revolutionaries to gather an organise. Its purpose, despite tendecnies and debates, remain the same for all: The liberation of humanity and the earth from exploitation and oppression, from abuse and destruction.
Addition: The Role of the International
I would think that the spread of strong, revolutionary organsations around the world, would eventually create an International. Issues in the past socialist internationals, especially the 3rd and 4th, was the domination of the International by one party in a major nation, and bending all other parties in the International to their will. This misuse flies in the very face of Internationalism and the role of the International.
In my eyes, the role of the International is to primarily act as the highest possible forum for revolutionary debate and discussion. Delegates elected from every nation on earth come together to debate the direction and position of the revolutionary movement and where it is heading. Secondly, it serves as an international platform and beacon that can attract thousands of people to its conferences to debate and discuss.
I think it needs to be made clear. The growing revolutionary organisations need to forge the International. It needs to be an organic formation of their own creation, not some sterile, bureaucratic mechanism.