March 3, 2019 at 11:40 pm #184010
Dave CheshamParticipantMarch 4, 2019 at 3:22 am #184011
One of my favorite Twitter accounts is the official Twitter feed of the Socialist party of Great Britain. Folks often criticize me for engaging with it because it is so irrelevant, even in socialist circles. That in itself is a kind of accomplishment. It’s like the guy who attends Civil War reenactment-society meetings, but dresses in full Klingon battle regalia and screams at everyone that no one knows how to fight Romulans. “You call yourselves warriors, but none of you even knows how to swing a Bat’leth!” Virtually every time anyone says anything critical of Maduro’s — or Stalin’s — socialism, the SPGB Twitter feed leaps into action, raining “ACKSHULLYS” down like a UFC fighter beating on a 98-pound mugger. “Actually” real socialism is collective ownership of the means of production! Real socialism has never been tried! Soviet Communism was “state capitalism!” You can almost smell the old socks and stale urine wafting up from the guy tweeting from some public-library computer, his overstuffed shopping cart full of dog-eared copies of Das Kapital and back issues of Juggs close by his side. But that’s kinda what I like about the SPGB. At least they take their ideas seriously. They’ve constructed a wholly hypothetical alternative world that is simultaneously as plausible and impossible as Middle Earth or Westeros or a great meal at a Wolfgang Puck Express at the Newark airport. It sounds like it could be real, and it’s kind of fun to think about, but it’s not actually reality. It’s like they think they can pluck the Platonic ideal of a hamburger out of the ether and use it as a rhetorical cudgel to say a Five Guys burger “isn’t a real hamburger! Real hamburgers have never been tried!” Even the Wikipedia entry on the SPGB says: “The party’s political position has been described as a form of impossibilism.”March 4, 2019 at 5:37 am #184012
Even the Wikipedia entry on the SPGB says: “The party’s political position has been described as a form of impossibilism.”
During the 17th and the 18th Century they were saying that Capitalism was an impossibility, or some form of utopia ( not in the modern meaning of the expression ) and it has expanded around the whole world as one single economic system.March 4, 2019 at 7:55 am #184018
The WSPUS has two websites in Facebook which must be updated too. I do not know why they have two websites, probably both should be combined into one, or eliminate one of them.
Do you have links to these Marcos? I cant locate them
I believe that work will begin on updating the WSPUS website. Things are beginning to happen again over in the US and we are gradually putting people in contact with each otherMarch 4, 2019 at 9:10 am #184021
Do you have links to these Marcos? I cant locate themMarch 18, 2019 at 11:51 am #184580March 19, 2019 at 4:55 am #184592
it’s a great article!March 19, 2019 at 9:50 pm #184616
The problem is to fall in the trap of the Anti-Trumpism like most organizations from the left, the main problem of the USA is not Trump, it is capitalism. It is not Donald Trump who is attacking socialism, it is the USA ruling class who do not want USA workers to look for their own liberation, and to associate socialism with social democrats reforms. His” red scare” is only an .election campaign propaganda like in the old days of the Cold WarApril 1, 2019 at 3:57 am #184886
ZJWParticipantMarcos:Re your #176904:I emailed both email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org on 18 January and heard nothing back. Weeks later I emailed again, and this time also asked for acknowledgment of reception of my email. April now. Still no reply.So, question to you: since you know of the existence of the newsletter, presumably you are a recipient. About how often does it come out? But more to the point: when did you last receive one?April 1, 2019 at 6:09 am #184887
It is published every month. It has four pages. The last one that I received was January 2019 . Communicate with Adam He has my information. I will make copies for you . I have sent bank drafts to themApril 1, 2019 at 6:20 am #184888
Just to mention that things are happening over in the US regarding the Party there. A lot of background work is being put in to make things happen. Clearly, an organisation with a highly dispersed and low membership has to reorganise on another basis to accommodate the circumstances it finds itself in and there seems to be a desire to do just this and to get things moving again. What will emerge from this is a different kind of organisation and I am hoping, this month, the membership will start making hard decisions about what kind of organisation this will be as well as start assigning people to specific tasks.
I will be submitting a detailed report to the EC later this month and making recommendations as to how the SPGB can assist the reinvigoration of the WSPUS. Watch this space.April 1, 2019 at 10:39 am #184898
Meantime, there are a number of American “progressive” websites which permit comments on their articles and something members could avail themselves of by posting links to the WSPUS so to build name recognition. Not much but every little helps.April 1, 2019 at 12:08 pm #184899
Meantime, there are a number of American “progressive” websites which permit comments on their articles and something members could avail themselves of by posting links to the WSPUS so to build name recognition. Not much but every little helps.
Do you have a list of these websites Alan so I can pass on the details to the US comrades?April 1, 2019 at 12:36 pm #184901
alanjjohnstoneParticipantApril 1, 2019 at 8:49 pm #184908
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