- Category: IS Network
- Published on Sunday, 25 August 2013
- Written by IS Network
The International Socialist Network has been in existence for nearly six months. Necessarily much of our initial period has been spent establishing working structures, and working through the consequences – theoretical, political and personal – of our departure from the SWP. The circumstances of that departure were not chosen by us, and the nature of the crisis that precipitated it meant that we were united on at least two crucial principles (the centrality of feminism and of internal democracy to socialist organisation) but differed on questions of the current political landscape and the place and priorities of the IS Network within it.
The existence of a spectrum of opinion within the network is not a weakness: our experiences of an organisation superficially united around monolithic “perspectives” has taught us that. What we have lacked so far, however, is the opportunity to answer some crucial questions such as:
- What is the IS Network for?
- How do we see the current terrain of class struggle, and what do we aim to do within it?
- How much of what we describe as “our tradition” remains relevant, and what do we need to rethink?
- What should be our attitude to developing initiatives on the left, and within the organisations of the class?