a proposal by the Anarchist Communist Group which was supported by the Communist
Workers Organisation and the Guildford Solidarity Group an inaugural meeting of
this grouping was held on 2/6/18.
were given by speakers from the ACG and the CWO. Speakers pointed to the fact
that the current international situation was one in which the drive to war was
visibly increasing. The most obvious example of this was the present conflict
in the Middle East where major powers were directly involved and the prospect
of a wider war in which more local powers became directly involved and the
major powers confronted each other was increasing. The conflict in the Ukraine
and the standoff in the South China Sea were further examples. The drive to war
was an outcome of the capitalist crisis which was driving the capitalist class
to more open imperialist interventions together with trade wars and, of course,
more vicious attacks on the working class. War was a direct consequence of the
capitalist system and in the longer term the only way in which war could be
avoided was the overthrow of the capitalist system and the establishment of
socialised production. The only force able to do this was the working class
acting on an international basis opposing all factions of the capitalist class.
However the working class was weakened by divisions, divisions which the
capitalist class was attempting to widen. The foremost of these was nationalism
which was clearly used in the Brexit referendum, the US election and the small
nation nationalism of the likes of Scotland, Catalonia, and Kurdistan.
Nationalism would be used to justify future wars and recruit workers as cannon
fodder. The only route to preventing war was the class struggle, and this means
a struggle against the national ruling class in all nations. The slogan under
which this struggle should be conducted was, “No war but the class war!”
the presentation there was an hour of discussion after which the meeting agreed
to set up a group of facilitators. One was nominated from each of the organisations
supporting this iniative. An email list of those supporting the London No War
But the Class War was compiled and facilitators were tasked with keeping
supporters informed of further meetings or actions. Further publicity would be
agreed by the group of facilitators.