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  • in reply to: The ‘Occupy’ movement #86332
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    Cesco wrote:
    However, I am a bit pessimist about the outcome, since I see this as a middle class movement rather than a working class movement. I am afraid that the working class, in particular in the so called rich countries, has no bargaining power whatsoever so they won’t openly follow this movement.

    I’m curious to know what you actually mean by ‘middle class’ here, please explain.

    in reply to: The ‘Occupy’ movement #86328
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    I wonder what they meant by ‘socialism’ however..

    in reply to: Will this forum replace the old message board? Hope so! #86682
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    I think TZM could make a good discussion thread in itself. I pretty much agree with what you say about but don’t think it’s right to say it’s a child of the ‘reclaim the streets’ movement. TZM has its origins in the massive ‘conspiracy theory’ scene on the internet.There are plans to eventually update the worldsocialism.org site. The ‘forum question’ will be discussed by the EC though I think any decision will ultimately have to be made by the membership.

    in reply to: International Online Meetings #86678
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    The internet dept has is currently involved in drafting some guidelines with regards to electronic meetings. Hopefully this will lead to more regular correspondence between overseas members.In the eighties there was a combined journal called ‘world socialism’ still worth looking those up.

    in reply to: Erich Fromm #86299
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    Here’s some quotes from the article in issue 34 of Contemporary Issues page 111″It is just as mistaken to seek a purely social explanation for a psychological problem as to seek a psychological explanation for a social problem… when neurotic behaviour is understood to be the result of a disturbance in the sexual function, and when this disturbance is seen to be social in origin, then it must be concluded (in spite of the fact that Freud himself never came to this conclusion) that the way to reduce or eliminate neurotic behaviour is to change the structure of society…..”The jist of the article is the Fromm’s ‘desexualisation’ of Freud results in him calling on people to do nothing. Perhaps the same can be said of Reich, he thought ‘political’ problems could not be solved until all people where freed from their character amour.

    in reply to: Leadership #86254
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    Hch wrote:
    You support workers defending and trying to defend their wages and conditions via unions. SPGB members do it themselves I am told above. But you oppose workers defending their social wage, such as NHS health care, benefits, education etc. You have drawn an artificial distinction between the two. Please advise.

    We neither ‘support’ nor ‘oppose’ workers in struggle, what place does a party have patronising the working class by telling them what to do? We think working men and woman are wise enough to know what to do to defend there position within capitalism.The point is such things do not get to the root to the root of the problem, and this the socialist party should explain and demonstrate so that workers choose to join us in the abolition of wage-labour.

    in reply to: Leadership #86262
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    Thanks for the comments.For a start policy decisions are made by conference and not the executive committee. The EC is a mere dogsbody outfit which has to put into action the decisions of conference.I think a crucial difference is between that of electing delegates and representatives.Delegates only have as much power as is mandated to them and can be recalled.Representatives have power abdicated to them wholesale.The claim to be revolutionary comes from the fact that we advocate a complete transformation in society and nothing else.Hopefully someone can add more to this?

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