Levellers Day, Burford

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    Mike Foster
    Participant

    The party ran a stall at the Levellers Day event in Burford, Oxfordshire on Saturday, and it was nice to catch up with the other party members and sympathisers who came along. There were a few hundred people there, to hear about the history of the Levellers, join the (shortened) procession through the town and listen to the panel discussions, with Jeremy Corbyn as the most high-profile contributor. Other organisations with stalls included the Communist Party and CND, and pressure groups focusing on issues such as veganism and Palestine. The event’s always well organised and enjoyable enough, although it’s frustratingly leftist rather than revolutionary.

    #243466
    imposs1904
    Participant

    Were the Socialist Studies group in attendance?

    #243478
    Lizzie45
    Participant

    Were the Socialist Studies group in attendance?

    Only in spirit I imagine – must be all dead by now. ūüôĀ

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socialist_Studies_(1989)

    #243480
    ALB
    Keymaster

    No, only the ‚ÄúCommunist Party of Britain‚ÄĚ. (The Mourning Star brigade). No SWP (though ex-member John Rees chaired one of the sessions) or Militant Tendency (though a couple of people thought we were their current incarnation). A trot-free zone, then.

    #243488
    imposs1904
    Participant

    “Only in spirit I imagine ‚Äď must be all dead by now. ūüôĀ”

    Someone is still producing their journal, Socialist Studies.

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    #243507
    ALB
    Keymaster

    Just got round to the reading the ex-Militant Tendency‚Äôs paper called ‚ÄúThe Socialist‚ÄĚ (though more appropriately ‚ÄúThe State Capitalist‚ÄĚ) that we exchanged for ours.

    I see that they have reverted to their pre-Corbyn position of calling for a ‚Äúnew workers party‚ÄĚ, ie, essentially a new Labour Party. It seems they want to repeat in the 21st century this failure of the 20th (in fact both failures of that century as they are also Bolsheviks).

    Even though they are now against Labour, they still campaign like Labourites talking about ‚ÄúTory austerity‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúTory crises‚ÄĚ blaming these on the Tory government rather than on the unavoidable workings of the capitalist system.

    As we say in one of the leaflets we were handing out ‚ÄúThe problem is not the Tories (or Labour). It‚Äôs capitalism‚ÄĚ

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