I’m taking the unusual step of posting up EAST HAM DAVE’S comments on the OBLITERATION OF THE LEFT’ thread on the main page. I think the points he raises are important ones – do we as anarchists continue to say ‘Open the prisons, disband the police…….’ and wonder why this approach to say knife crime does not find popular support?? Here’s what EHD says:
‘Ian,I for one,totally agree with everything you have said.You only have to look at some of the replies to your rant to see how out of touch a lot of anarchists are.The problem with most revolutionaries -myself included in my own way-is that we have liberated ourselves, at least mentally-from capitalist culture to such a degree,that in the process,we have become distanced from the mass of people we most need to activate politically.
You’ve bought this up before Ian,but until we TRUELY come up with some realistic ideas of our own,that both give people hope,AND confront social problems now with some sort of immediately implementable solutions,we will be playing ‘knee-jerk- reaction politics and chasing our own tails forever.I hereby suggest the following;use this blog as a forum for coming up with some ideas of our own,to deal with REAL social problems here and now,real solutions,and re-organise ourselves politically so that we immediately use this new programme to take it straight to the heart of working class areas,and IMMEDIATELY,put up candidates in every working class electorate,with these new ideas being the foundation stone of our platform.I don’t give a fuck if people think we should just slightly modify our approach so as to be more effective.That,for me ,is just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.We literally need to chuck out everything and start again.Whether we like it or not,our present political course is seen as little different from the left.And the left,as I have said before,are heading for the abyss.
I agree that the Tories will win with such a huge majority,that they will in a way ,have a mandate to rule for three or more terms.But lets not kid ourselves that that will give the resistance a much needed kick up the Kyber to re-activate itself.We need to move way beyond this sort of reactionary politics.
The question I pose for others to contribute to and answer is;Do we have ANY real implementable ideas NOW,that we can walk onto an Estate or street or into a pub,and offer as tangible,realistic and workable to the people whose liberation our ideas purport to represent?
Like I said before,the whole slate is ours for the taking.The left are totally distrusted by the working class.They are seen as Black and White TV politics in the age of Plasma screen life.
Ian,you can’t let this one go.These challenges need to be met with a clear head and a willingness to make some SERIOUS changes to how we do business.Over ten years ago,the BNP was faced with a similar dilema to us;pursue a failing course,or make some major changes in strategy and direction.They took up the challenge,and look where they are now-the new third force in British politics.Everything the anarchists and Left try to do to undermine them,is simply a REACTION to their success.They do not confront them with any realistic solutions of their own to divert street level support their way.BECAUSE,THEY DON”T HAVE THE GUTS TO DO IT.
They are only going to get bigger.
Tired,Disneyland sloganeering and posturing,are seen for what they are now-a total lack of real ideas to deal with the ‘here and now’.
Before anyone replies to this with the usual left wing non logic,I ask doubters to do the following;walk onto any estate,into any pub,and listen to people and ask yourself this;do we have with our present strategy,any hope of helping or activating such people with our current course?
I’ll in fact take it all a step further-this is THE debate,that will sink or sail anarchism, for the future.’
From THE OBLITERATION OF THE LEFT ( inc. anarchists), 2008/07/26 at 11:44 PM