- Category: IS Network
- Published on Wednesday, 2 April 2014
- Written by ISN
Revolutionary Unity - How?
Sat 26th April, Central London
A day of debate, discussion and decision with International Socialist Network, Anticapitalist Initiative, Socialist Resistance, Workers Power
The aim: to debate a single question – how can we build a unified revolutionary organisation in Britain?
We are sick of bourgeois politics, of its austerity consensus, its snobbery, its incessant chase to the centre, and hollowing out of democracy.
We want a mass working class party with revolutionary politics that can challenge this consensus and confront a crisis-ridden class society of inequality, climate catastrophe, racism, sexism and war.
Emerging from fragmentation and small groups to a new party will mean more than good will – it will mean debate. And we are not afraid of it.
There will be three sessions at this conference:
· Why is the British working class is retreat when millions hate Tory austerity? Are the trade unions fit to fight? How can we organise a generation that isn’t in the unions? On the 30th anniversary of the miners’ strike, what strategy to reorganise the working class today?
· Broad left parties and socialist policies: does the one presuppose the other? What do we make of the rise of new parties in Europe and around the world? How do we ‘keep them broad’ while ‘keeping them anticapitalist’? And what does this mean for efforts to build an alternative to Labour in Britain?
· We are in a new period of sharp rivalry between the US, EU and Russia, which has exploded onto the international stage in the dangerous dispute over Ukraine. What does international solidarity mean in this new situation? Was the Maidan movement in Ukraine progressive or reactionary? What attitude to Russia and the Crimea? What is the level of the threat from fascism? How should revolutionaries apparaise the role of imperialism in this conflict – and what should we do?
If you want the usual British left conference, with well-known platform speakers that all agree, then don’t come to this conference. If you want a direct confrontation of differing views on the revolutionary left, and a genuine attempt to build real and lasting unity come along.
From its inception the IS Network has taken a clear position of working towards the greatest possible unity and co-operation on the left, and had played a central role in the current discussions. The meeting on the 26th offers us an important forum to assess the development of those discussions, and provides a unique opportunity for the members of several different tendencies on the British left to come together and debate and discuss in an open and fraternal way. While this meeting is only one element of the regroupment process, we believe it is critically important that as many members of the Network come to the meeting to share their thoughts and perspectives. The success of the meeting will be determined by the quality of discussion, which can only be assured by the greatest representation of opinion and thought within all the organisations. We therefore urge all members to attend this meeting.
We are asking for everyone to think about who from their local area, or from activities they are involved, may be interested in attending this event. This isn’t a rally or public meeting, but there may be revolutionaries who are currently unaligned, who may be interested in the unity process, and they are welcome to come along and take part in the discussions.