Tuesday, 19 November 2019

London ACG Public Meeting on Public Transport

Discussion Meeting: Free Public Transport for All
December 1st: 2 pm – 4:30 May Day Rooms
The current transport system is based on the car and road-building culture. This is one of the key causes of climate change and pollution, both air and noise. Meanwhile, the public transport system is overcrowded and expensive in cities and non-existent in rural areas. With housing increasing in price in the centre of urban areas, people are forced to move further and further out and end up paying a large portion of their wages and time just to get to work. And, there is continual pressure to undermine the working conditions and safety concerns of transport workers.
Join us for a discussion of these issues and help develop a campaign for free public transport for all, building a united movement of workers and users.

Monday, 23 September 2019

Climate Strike Demo

London ACG turned out for the Climate Strike demo on Millbank on Friday and distributed hundreds of Jackdaws and Rebel Cities. Similar ACG distros took place at the same time in Exeter, Glasgow. Leeds and Norwich.

West London ACG stall

West London ACG will be running a stall this coming Saturday 28th September at the West London Peace Market, St Michael & All Angels Church Hall,Priory Avenue - London W4 1TX from 10.30 am-4pm. Come along for copies of Jackdaw and our range of pamphlets, stickers, leaflets, etc.

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Libertarian Communism 2019

2nd ACG Dayschool:

Libertarian Communism 2019
Sunday: October 5th 12:30- 5:30 May Day Rooms- 88 Fleet Street, London (https://maydayrooms.org/)
In its second year, Libertarian Communism 2019 gives those interested in libertarian/anarchist communism an opportunity to come together to develop our ideas on important current issues. This year there will be two sessions.
Women organising in the workplace

The women’s movement and working women have used a number of different organising models and methods since the late 60s and early 70s in their fight against patriarchy and exploitation at work. These struggles have taken place at work itself as well as within the trade union movement, revolutionary politics, political parties and the legal system, with varying degrees of success. Often we have felt as attacked and beleaguered by our ‘comrades’ as by our exploiters. We have tackled discrimination, fear, sexual harassment and humiliation and tried to build solidarity, strength, power and confidence through consciousness raising, practical and theoretical debate and self-organisation and direct action. What are the issues facing working class women today and what can we learn from past experiences in order to make our struggles more effective?



Climate change and capitalism

There will be three speakers including a student involved in the strike movement. We will focus on the following issues:
· review of current climate change movement
· how we implement in practice an anti-capitalist strategy that links the workers movement with the environmental movement?
· how far can technology be relied upon to combat climate change?

https://www.anarchistcommunism.org/

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Forthcoming London ACG Meetings


London Anarchist Communist Group Public Meetings
London ACG Film Show: Joe Hill September 22nd 2 pm-4:30 pm May Day Rooms, 188 Fleet St. https://maydayrooms.org/
Joe Hill was one of the most effective and inspirational union organisers in the USA in the 20th century. Following the film we will discuss what we can learn from the experience of Joe Hill and others in the IWW about workers organising today.
Discussion Meeting This Land is Ours: The Fight for Land Justice September 26th: 7 pm Housmans Bookshop https://housmans.com
Land is the source of all wealth and our very existence. However, what should belong to all of us has been taken from us and concentrated in the hands of a small minority so that they own the land, decide its use (usually to profit themselves) and control access to the benefits. All our struggles, whether for housing, community centres, and good, cheap food or against climate change are struggles over how land is used and who makes the decisions.
There has been a tradition of fighting for land justice in Britain, most recently in the Scottish movement for land reform. People are beginning to question the idea of private property and moving to more radical ideas such as the land being a Commons- owned and controlled by us all. This talk will first look at the question of who owns and controls the land in Britain, consider what is being done in Scotland and elsewhere, and then open the discussion on what changes we would like to see.
Discussion Meeting: Free Public Transport for All
December 1st: 2 pm – 4:30 May Day Rooms
The current transport system is based on the car and road-building culture. This is one of the key causes of climate change and pollution, both air and noise. Meanwhile, the public transport system is overcrowded and expensive in cities and non-existent in rural areas. With housing increasing in price in the centre of urban areas, people are forced to move further and further out and end up paying a large portion of their wages and time just to get to work. And, there is continual pressure to undermine the working conditions and safety concerns of transport workers.
Join us for a discussion of these issues and help develop a campaign for free public transport for all, building a united movement of workers and users.

Saturday, 31 August 2019

Let Us Not Talk Falsely Now

Boris Johnson’s proroguing of Parliament throws light on a number of subjects. It indicates that the British ruling class is bitterly divided like never before. It points towards the pressures that Farage and the Brexit Party are putting on the Conservatives. Johnson knows that he must be seen to act in a decisive way if he wants to avoid the rupturing of the Conservative Party. Unfortunately for him, this ploy opens up other possibilities of disintegration of the Tories and indeed the United Kingdom.

The British ruling class was once much admired by its international peers for its cohesiveness and solidarity. It acted decisively and intelligently over the years to preserve class rule. Unlike the French ruling class, with the Revolution of 1789 carried out by the emerging bourgeoisie, and which resulted in the mass slaughter of the aristocracy, the British ruling class was able to ally with the old aristocracy and gentry, to the point of intermarrying with them. It preserved the monarchy as part of class rule, and loyalty to the Crown was seen as an essential part of preserving the status quo, the Empire and then the Commonwealth. “The myth of ‘national unity’ is built around the role of the Queen, with all that that entails like privilege and deference, and ‘continuity’” (see our Abolish the Monarchy article). It developed parliamentary democracy to disguise its class dictatorship, its control of all assets including the land, and its tight grip on the State, the “Establishment”. The Labour Party acted within this system of democracy to implement the demands of the IMF, to launch austerity measures against the working class and to support various imperialist adventures, often in league with its US ally.

However those days are long gone. The loss of Empire seriously diminished the British ruling class. At first the majority of the ruling class oriented towards the markets of the EU, although there were always stresses there, sometimes seen in quarrels among the Tories. In fact it was differences over Europe, combined with the Poll Tax rebellion that led to the fall of Thatcher. Those tensions have continued to this day and have now erupted in a spectacular fashion.

The random card of the EU referendum results changed everything. The unity of the boss class was torn asunder as different factions within it frantically searched for solutions. Johnson’s politics are primarily about himself, about him becoming a “great British leader” but they also involve a tack towards closer ties with Trump’s United States, with the UK turning itself into a tax haven and an increasing opening to market forces, started under the Labour leader Callaghan, and then partially enacted by Thatcher. Johnson wants to increase the tempo of privatisation and the dismantling of what little remains of the welfare state. Closely allied to him is the coldly calculating and devious Jacob Rees-Mogg and his clique, who control the think tank Policy Exchange. Their opposition to the EU is rigidly ideological. The old style “liberal” pro-Europe Tories in direct descent from Macmillan and Heath, include “grandees” like Heseltine, Major and Clarke. This Tory faction, once dominant within the Party, have seen their influence wane. They are frightened that a split will take place with the hard-line Brexiteers lining up with Farage’s outfit, or on the other hand, a wholesale capture of the Party by the no-dealers much in line with Trump’s takeover of the Republican Party in the USA. The last important “liberal” Tory, the leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, Ruth Davidson, has now resigned, and this indicates the increasing control over the Party by the Johnson/Rees-Mogg faction.

Neither of these factions, pro- or anti- Europe is a friend to the working class. This includes the various nationalist parties like the SNP and Plaid Cymru, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party, various splinter groups like Change and the Independents, and the Labour Party on one side and Farage and the Tories on the other. Whether Britain leaves or remains in the EU, there will be further austerity measures.

The various mobilisations by the different opposing factions – marches and rallies – are attempts to draw the working class more fully into the sham of parliamentary democracy, whether it be the defence of the referendum decision or one side or the defence of parliamentary democracy and against the proroguing, described exaggeratedly as a “coup” on the other. Very soon, another general election will add to the fun and games.

Some sections of the ruling class are pinning their hopes on Corbyn, The Financial Times, which speaks for the City bankers, recently wrote: “Those opposed to a no-deal Brexit must then cast aside their differences and pass a motion of no confidence in the government. This is unpalatable for even the most ardent Tory Remainers, and others such as the Liberal Democrats, since ousting Mr Johnson in time to affect the Brexit process may also require the creation of a caretaker government under Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn—an outcome they rightly fear. The overriding priority, however, must be to safeguard British democracy.” This was echoed in opinion pieces in other papers. Corbyn has met with five other opposition parties so that he can head a caretaker government if Johnson goes for a tumble. This caretaker government would be in reality a government of national unity pledged to find its way out of the bosses’ crisis, a government formed of a coalition of right, centrist and leftist parties and individuals. Once again the Labour Party would be acting as the social fire brigade.

Hard though it may be, the only real choice is to reject the siren calls of both Remain and Leave factions of the boss class and turn towards creating an independent working class movement. The rulers of Britain have been paralysed by this crisis over the last few years, and as we said earlier, divided like never before. There has to be a revolutionary alternative to these false choices. It doesn’t exist but must be built as an imperative.

Saturday, 17 August 2019

West London ACG

In addition to the all-London ACG, we now have a group of the ACG in West London which will meet regularly. If you are in West London and interested, contact us to be put in touch