- April 25, 2013 at 7:45 pm
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- I’m afraid this is a poor post. I disagree with most of it. I also disagree with most of what Peter says. Localism will not work if counterposed to the need for a central leadership capable of speaking with authority on behalf of the members, with regular access to the mass media. The stress on ‘people’ makes no sense if the left we want to unite is actual socialists. Capitalists after all are also people, as are the middle classes. One of these groups is the sworn enemy of socialists. They suck unpaid labour out of the masses on a daily basis. They are responsible for the collapsing economy right across the globe. They resort to scapegoating of the most oppressed victims of capitalist chaos. The other group is a potential ally of the working class. The middle class(es) certainly need to be won to the socialist project, but that group is also a potential ally of the the most extreme and brutal wing of the capitalist class against the organized working class. Left Unity needs to emphasize a class analysis. It needs to propose class solutions to our problems, and that means class struggle. Middle class rhetoric about ‘people’ doesn’t take us very far. The middle classes are spoilt for choice when it comes to such parties: Tories, Lib Dems, Labour, UKIP, Greens, SNP, etc. It is time for the working class to have a party of our own. Isn’t that where Left Unity comes in?
[comment on Ken Loach’s Left Unity website: http://leftunity.org/how-to-encourage-our-blogs-to-become-more-accessible/]