Libertarian Communism 2018: Advancing the Class Struggle
“There are periods in the life of human society when revolution becomes an imperative necessity, when it proclaims itself as inevitable. New ideas germinate everywhere, seeking to force their way into the light, to find an application in life.”
“We are profoundly convinced that no revolution is possible if the need for it is not felt among the people themselves. No handful of individuals, however energetic and talented, can arouse a popular insurrection if the people themselves through their best representatives do not come to the realization that they have no other way out of the situation they are dissatisfied with except insurrection.”
Austerity and poverty, attacks on wages and working conditions, unaffordable housing, war and nationalism, the rise of right-wing populism and increase in racism, climate change- all things to make us feel that the situation is hopeless and that all we can do is make feeble efforts to resist. However, we believe, as Kropotkin says, that real change is possible and may come when it is most unexpected. So what can we do to bring this moment closer? We will discuss this question in the context of actual struggles going on in Britain today.
Defend the NHS?: An anarchist communist perspective on health
Organising to win?
There are thousands of people in Britain committed to social change. They are involved in a multitude of groups and campaigns. However, despite this we seem to be continually on the defensive and very far from creating the kind of society we would like to see. This workshop will discuss why this is the case. Why aren’t we more effective? It will begin with a presentation on the importance of organisation and a discussion of what we think are the key characteristics of effective organisation. We will then look at a number of examples of different sorts of strategies in order to highlight some of the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches. We will also hear from at least one example of effective organisation.