Why I’m still not voting

Why I’m still not voting

Corbyn, rather than being the saviour of the working class in Britain, demonstrates the futility of even the best of intentions when operating within logic and limits of capitalist democracy.

Alright, I'll admit it: I have a soft spot for Jeremy Corbyn. I feel like he's the left-wing grandfather I never had. I like his elbow patches, his allotment, his cycling about and making jam. As the old platitude goes, I could imagine having a beer with him.

He's a politician, but he probably is authentic in his beliefs. And, at least in my lifetime, he's the first politician with socialist principles to have a legitimate shot at achieving the highest level of state power.

Ultimately, though, I still won’t be voting for him.

The Enemy Within: the PLP

“What?! You want another five years of the Tories? Don’t you care about [insert issue here]? How could you not vote Corbyn?

Well, firstly, because, unless you live in Islington North, you can’t vote Corbyn. You can vote for your local Labour MP who, in all likelihood, probably one of the three-quarters of MPs who tried to get rid of Corbyn with their no confidence vote. We’re being asked to vote for the same MPs who, when they stood in the 2015 general election, ran on a platform where they promised to work within George Osbourne’s spending plans and refused to reverse the cuts that had already been made.

It’s also worth remembering that some of these people - people like Tom Watson and Hilary Benn - have been MPs since Labour were last in power: they were there for the introduction of ‘managed markets’ and ‘Private Finance Initiatives’ into the NHS, or when the Labour government contracted ATOS to do Work Capability Assessments, or when they introduced the proto-Bedroom Tax in the form of the Local Housing Allowance to ‘incentivise’ private tenants to move into cheaper accommodation.

Are we supposed to believe these same MPs have had a change of heart and will pursue Corbyn’s social democratic policies?

The fact is, the PLP will continue to sabotage Corbyn at every turn (by resigning from important posts, publicly criticising him and his progressive policies; in fact, continuing everything they’ve been doing up to now).
And Corbyn will be forced to compromise. In fact, he already has: first, he decided not to call a whip on the November 2015 Syria airstrikes vote thus ensuring the result would be in favour. Second, he refused to call on Labour councils to resist budget cuts, which has resulted in councils shedding services and attacking pay, in some cases, such as Durham and Derby Teaching Assistants by as much as 25%.

Yet these are exactly the types of principled stands on which Corbyn established his credentials as an activist MP.

Now, obviously Corbyn didn’t do these things because he secretly loves war and budget cuts; he was trying to maintain party unity of his party. But his party is, ultimately, a capitalist party which not only aspires to manage a capitalist state but where one in six peers have financial interests in private healthcare and numerous councillors and MPs have links to property developers.

So do I think Corbyn is basically the same as the Tories? No, of course not. But do I think the Labour Right are basically the same as the Tories? Yeah, pretty much. And, in most cases, that’s who we’re being asked to vote for in this election.

The Enemy Without: Capital

Most worryingly for Corbyn (and his supporters) is that all these compromises with the Parliamentary Labour Party are while pressures on him are relatively mild. Should Corbyn win the election, Corbyn's social democratic policies would undoubtedly see a backlash from big business in the form of capital flight and non-cooperation if not outright sabotage.

We only have to look at the economic effects since Brexit to see what market jitters can do to an economy: devalued currency, price rises on imports (and, therefore, price rises in shops and supermarkets), banks and companies talking about moving operations abroad, outflows of capital, etc etc.

And this is due only to the uncertainty of moving from one kind of conservative neoliberalism to another. Imagine what would happen if the shift was to the kind of social democracy Corbyn is advocating! In fact, it would probably look a little like what happened to the Labour governments of the 1960s and 1970s, which ended in them taking a loan from the IMF along with a package of cuts and controls.

Right-wing economists aren't wrong about capital flight or businesses shedding jobs when wages are raised because that’s exactly how bosses react when their profits are squeezed. That is how bosses wage their half of the class war.

So whether through through raw economic forces or through the concerted activity of capital in the political realm, brakes will be put on Corbyn's reforms. He'll have very little choice but to compromise on his program or face all the consequences that come with a slowing or stagnating economy. Corbyn's beliefs – no matter how authentic they may be – will quickly come up against the reality of managing British capitalism.

Getting out of the election cycle

But I get it: Corbyn's a breath of fresh air. He talks the talk and, no doubt, he wants to walk the walk. And, to be honest, if people want to vote Labour, that’s fine. It’s not a crime against the class or whatever.

But as an American who's relocated to Britain in the past decade, I can remember my friends getting really excited about Obama back in 2007. Needless to say, my American friends no longer have such a rosy view of Obama.

Fast forward ten years and a lot my friends here in Britain have those same levels of excitement about Corbyn; a man whose program is far to the left of Obama and would be significantly more difficult to implement.

The history of left-wing politicians is one of moving rightward in government. Whether Syriza implementing EU austerity measures, the Irish Green Party overseeing an onshore Shell refinery project they had previously opposed, the Italian Communist Party’s ‘historical compromise’ with the right-wing Mafia-aligned Christian Democrats (and countless other examples), the reality of governing a capitalist state ensures that even honest social goals are compromised when wielding state power becomes a reality.

None of this should be taken to mean that I’m just ‘waiting for the revolution’ (I’m not) or don't want to improve our conditions in the here and now (I do). But it’s not by voting that we improve our conditions; it’s through struggle.

It was through sustained levels of class struggle in post-war Britain ensured the working class could extract concessions from capital on both the workplace and state levels. It’s through rebuilding that collective strength - in the workplace, in community organisations, or elsewhere - that we can do so again.

So while it might be nice to have a drink with Jezza, seeing him elevated to the position of prime minister is not the way we'll see social democracy re-established as the framework of British politics. Rather, we'd need to to bring back the levels of class power that existed in the decades after the Second World War. And we won't achieve that by voting.

Thanks to Ed for his edits and suggestions.

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Chilli Sauce
Jun 5 2017 18:37

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  • Whether through through raw economic forces or through the concerted activity of capital in the political realm, brakes will be put on Corbyn's reforms. He'll have very little choice but to compromise or face all the consequences that come with a slowing or stagnating economy.

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Mike Harman
Jun 5 2017 20:38

There's a couple more things I'd probably have added to this:

The election campaigning on 10,000 extra police officers, trying to attack the Conservatives from the right on law and order.

The fact this line is being pushed by people on the left of the Labour Party like Paul Mason, who was calling for paramilitary police units like the GIGN to be created yesterday on twitter. So it's not even a reluctant stance/compromise but pretty enthusiastic ramping up of state violence.

That Corbyn is almost entirely isolated in the PLP on immigration policy, only really Diane Abbott has been unequivocally pro-freedom of movement that I've seen. Even major Corbyn allies like Clive Lewis are to the right on this.

On top of that, rather than seeing Corbyn supporters criticise these stances, a lot of people are just repeating the talking points (because they think it'll hurt Theresa May in the election).

Jacques Roux
Jun 5 2017 22:48
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But it’s not by voting that we improve our conditions; it’s through struggle ...
It’s through rebuilding that collective strength - in the workplace, in community organisations, or elsewhere - that we can do so again.

Would that struggle be marginally easier with a Labour government?

Or even symbolically easier if people are not simply focussed on getting a Labour government into power? I.e. they have seen the Labour alternative (nothing much changed) and are ready to move on from it to a possibility they perhaps had not entertained before? (most likely because that possibility is more or less invisible).

Mike Harman
Jun 6 2017 12:20
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Would that struggle be marginally easier with a Labour government?

Or even symbolically easier if people are not simply focussed on getting a Labour government into power? I.e. they have seen the Labour alternative (nothing much changed) and are ready to move on from it to a possibility they perhaps had not entertained before? (most likely because that possibility is more or less invisible).

While 2017 is obviously not equivalent to 1997, and Corbyn is very different from Blair, Labour introduced university tuition fees, presided over the opening of a prison ship, introduced PFI, massive attacks on postal workers and firefighters (called firefighters 'terrorists' in 2003 when a strike was looming around the time the Iraq war was about to start), wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, opened Yarls Wood immigration detention centre.
https://twitter.com/i/moments/814409132514091012 has more examples, old and new. There's a reason so much anti-cuts rhetoric is framed around 'Tory cuts' because the same people really didn't mind that much when Labour was doing massive restructuring.

A lot of people who were politicised during the 2011 student protests would have been just 14-16+ during the 2010 general election, barely old enough to remember 1997 at all and pre-teens in 2003. So for at least some people backing Corbyn they've not had a lot of experience of Labour in power nationally, or only when Blair/Brown were personally very unpopular and people were already talking about bringing Labour back to the 'left'.

On the one hand, people getting demoralised might lessen their enthusiasm for the Labour Party, but it doesn't necessarily lead to getting involved with workplace or community organising - it might just burn people out altogether. A lot of people are peddling false promises about what the election means, and this isn't just about voting Labour, there are people out canvassing for their shitty local Labour MPs in the hope that Corbyn gets in.

Part of what I like about this article, and many of the other discussions around this is that people are really trying to avoid "they're both the same", "don't vote", and "I told you so", which are too easily dismissed as lazy 'anarchist' takes vs. pointing to the very real contradictions and limitations of electoralism.

Also, regardless of the result, assuming Corbyn stays as leader after Friday and there's no successful centrist coup, if people are really backing him, it's likely to lead to more electoral activity rather than less:

- there are a tonne of Labour councillors on the right wing of the party. If Momentum are serious about transforming the Labour party they'll start putting up left wing candidates for council wards in the local elections. People are already joining constituency labour parties in some areas.

- any discussion about deselection of rabidly anti-Corbyn MPs has been cut short by the snap election. You'd expect Momentum activists to start trying to replace them for 2022, as well as candidates for by-elections etc. Given there are only about 10 MPs you could consider Corbynist, and well over 100 who are actively hostile, that's a lot of work for them to do. This is likely to be the case whether there's a win or a loss (assuming Corbyn stays on in either case), since much of the narrative around the election campaign was that the multiple leadership challenges and personal attacks on Corbyn from Labour MPs are the reason Labour's polling was so bad until the campaign started.

What's not presented here, either in the piece or the comments, is what can be done outside of the election cycle. Brighton Solfed continue to be very excellent with 'Brighton Hospitality', it's harder for people outside major cities/towns to get involved with anything decent though - when the only poles of attraction locally are Momentum or Peoples Assembly etc.

sarda
Jun 6 2017 12:28

Sadly a vote for Corbyn is a belief by many to be a vote for Socialism where the Capitalist got its enemy where it wants to be, under control. It is an enemy no longer hates by the Capitalist but has learned to play with it as a toy villain. Bringing Corbyn down is like hitting two birds in one shot because it also comes down with him the name "Socialism". I don't know how much setback the socialists can still afford, I don't know if they have learned something from the Reagan era.

Ed
Jun 6 2017 12:51

Cross-posted with Mike, above.

Jacques Roux wrote:
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But it’s not by voting that we improve our conditions; it’s through struggle ...
It’s through rebuilding that collective strength - in the workplace, in community organisations, or elsewhere - that we can do so again.

Would that struggle be marginally easier with a Labour government?

Or even symbolically easier if people are not simply focussed on getting a Labour government into power? I.e. they have seen the Labour alternative (nothing much changed) and are ready to move on from it to a possibility they perhaps had not entertained before? (most likely because that possibility is more or less invisible).

I think there's no reason to think this would be the case. I mean, sure, people might think 'oh gosh, even a left-wing Labour government couldn't sort society out; we need something more radical' or they might just as easily think 'socialism doesn't work, look at all the problems it's caused us; we need order, national stability, someone to sort out this something for nothing culture'.

Would struggle be easier? I don't know: Labour are promising 10,000 more police, 3,000 more prison officers, 500 more border guards and an increase in defence spending. Labour Left personalities like Paul Mason are celebrating the military patrolling British streets.

Moreover, would unions be willing to mobilise against a government which was giving them a seat at the table? Would the left mobilise against any regressive measures a left-wing government was taking? Or would we hear lots of 'well, at least it's not the Tories'?

I mean, did struggle get easier when Syriza got into power? Did the struggle against Shell in Ireland get easier once the Green Party got into power? Or, for that matter, was the struggle to save the Heygate Estate easier coz it's a Labour council? Or the Durham and Derby TA's strikes against 25% pay cuts?

Tbh, I'm not even saying that struggle definitely wouldn't be easier under a Corbyn government. I'm sure there are historical examples when it's happened and, who knows, it could happen again. But there are just as many (if not more) examples of the opposite being the case. The logic seems all off to me: it's like saying if you want to write a novel you need to get a fancy pen and the nicest paper and a nice desk in a plush study. Sure, it might help, but if you're not writing then you're no nearer your goal than when you started.

Point is, to get good at writing you need to start writing. To get good at struggling you need to start struggling.

Steven.
Jun 6 2017 15:10

Yeah Jacques like Ed says, I don't think there is any evidence things would be easier under a Labour government.

I mean even now the Labour Party has a lot of power, as they run lots of councils. And those disputes in Durham and Derby are examples I was going to point to. The workers who have taken large amounts of strike action in those two councils haven't had things any easier being under a Labour administration.

Having worked for a a council employer which has alternated between Labour and the Tories, there has been no difference.

If Corbyn did pull off a miracle and win, which seems very unlikely, then rather than make the task of the workers' movement easier, I think what would happen is all the organisations of the workers' movement will devote their energy to rallying round to "support Corbyn" against the inevitable attacks from the media, the opposition and the vast majority of the PLP who hate him and everything he stands for. Certainly within the unions there will be a mood of not wanting to rock the boat for "our man", and make him look bad with strikes etc which would be manna from heaven for the likes of the Daily Mail who would be banging on about the return of the bad old days of the 70s etc.

And while some Labour supporters will be disillusioned with him in power, and probably turn more to anti-parliamentary socialism as a result, this will probably be a tiny minority compared with potentially hundreds of thousands who will be put off by "socialism" as they will see it, failing, and turn to the right or far right (for example see during the last Labour government when the BNP ended up getting nearly a million votes)

GuayabaG
Jun 6 2017 15:18

Here are some reasons to vote:

1. It will take you ten minutes

2. It will, if Labour wins, result in the alleviation of much suffering that would otherwise take place, in terms of the persecution of benefits claimants, people dying in hospital corridors, poverty wage levels and so on.

3. It may well be facilitating the end of the 40-year rightward swing in UK public political discourse.

4. It takes TEN MINUTES.

Of course Corbyn will have to compromise. He's had to already. He will compromise more. That doesn't mean a Labour over Tory government won't create a material difference to the lives of many people. I'll add another factor for me: this is about giving the right wing of Labour a kicking too, not just the Tories. The right of Labour claimed the public had no interest in even vaguely left wing ideas. Already they look like a bunch of plonkers. I want them to look like the absolute worthless cunts they are, and so open up a space for more public discussion of left wing ideas.

GuayabaG
Jun 6 2017 15:25
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Having worked for a a council employer which has alternated between Labour and the Tories, there has been no difference.

Firstly, many Labour councils are under the right wing of Labour, including the one where I live. But this is about giving the right wing of Labour a kicking too. And yes, you might have to do that by voting for a right wing Labour MP. Life fucking sucks doesn't it? Suck it up. There's a really strange moment in British politics here where some of our enemies (the right of Labour) made a huge error in changing their leadership selection process, being too detached from their own party base to realise their members were more left wing than the unions. We need to double down on that error and make them fucking pay.

Also, I've worked for both Tory and Labour councils, and guess what, the Tory one was much nicer to work for. More money, you see...

Steven.
Jun 6 2017 16:07
GuayabaG wrote:
2. It will, if Labour wins, result in the alleviation of much suffering that would otherwise take place, in terms of the persecution of benefits claimants, people dying in hospital corridors, poverty wage levels and so on.

On this, the sanctions regime and the work capability assessments for the disabled were introduced by Labour. Labour were also the ones who started privatising the NHS.

As for poverty wage levels, there were poverty wage levels under Labour. Where I work, in local government where the majority of the workforce are low paid, part-time women, the Labour government imposed pay restraint three years, cutting pay in real terms. And even under the coalition and Conservative governments, Labour ran the local government employers' association, which implemented the Tory pay cap policy with absolutely no qualms, despite occasional strike ballots and campaigning against them.

That's not to mention all the Labour councils which privatised huge swathes of services, turning tens of thousands of well paying jobs into minimum wage poverty jobs (like the majority of social care, cleaning, school meals etc)

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I'll add another factor for me: this is about giving the right wing of Labour a kicking too, not just the Tories.

I must admit I do not understand your logic here at all. You think voting for people is a good way of giving those exact same people a "kicking"?

Khawaga
Jun 6 2017 16:14
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2. It will, if Labour wins, result in the alleviation of much suffering that would otherwise take place, in terms of the persecution of benefits claimants, people dying in hospital corridors, poverty wage levels and so on.

3. It may well be facilitating the end of the 40-year rightward swing in UK public political discourse.

Do you have any shred of proof for this? Fact is, even if Corbyn wins, he will have an uphill battle against the PLP who is gung ho about austerity. Sure, it would be great if what you write will occur, but by voting for labour you may get the same shit as before. Vote labour if you think it matters, but don't be surprised if you regret it down the line.

Ed
Jun 6 2017 16:26
Khawaga wrote:
Fact is, even if Corbyn wins, he will have an uphill battle against the PLP who is gung ho about austerity.

Not only that but a paradox for the Labour Left is that the more seats Labour win, the more outnumbered they get within the PLP. So with the Labour Right strengthening their hand within the PLP, they will still be able to sabotage any progressive policies they don't like. In fact, they'll be in a better position to do so than they were before (and as all their 'concern' about Corbyn's electability was just window-dressing for obstructing the Labour Left, you can bet they'll definitely do it as well)..

FWIW, while I think the Tories will win, I'd still like Corbyn to do well.. kind of as a litmus test for how much currency left-wing/social democratic ideas generally still have in the UK but also coz I just fucking hate the Tories and the Labour Right smile

GuayabaG
Jun 6 2017 16:36

Yes, I know the right wing of Labour are shit. Yes, I'm seriously suggesting you give them a kicking by voting for them. A grim situation, but that's where we are. For the first time in my lifetime a major party has a left wing manifesto (however moderate it may be), and this will echo through the decades to come as the test of whether the UK public preferred this, or the turbo-neo-liberal status quo. It will colour every discussion you have with anyone outside the radical political bubble for years to come. However weird it may be, and whichever unsavoury twat you have to vote for personally, this will be used as a test of whether the UK public was finally sick of Thatcherism. Since this whole test was set up by a stupid error by the Labour right, such a public test may not come again in our lifetimes. See it as this test, if you like, rather than a parliamentary vote.

As for the shit Labour did last time, it's all true. But the Tories have made people suffer worse. Does that count for nothing? It also seems likely that the next Labour government will be less right wing than the last one. There will be a difference in suffering level.

And remember, the establishment don't give a flying fuck whether you vote or not. The only people who care about maintaining principles through abstention are you, and it's some debate going on in your heads that has no reality for people outside your heads. Whether or not hospitals get better funding does have a reality.

Ten minutes my friends.

Ed
Jun 6 2017 17:19
GuayabaG wrote:
The only people who care about maintaining principles through abstention are you

I don't think anyone here has mentioned anything about "maintaining principles". It's all been very concrete examples about how Labour have been just as bad as the Tories. I, for one, don't give a shit if someone votes Labour or not but I have to admit all the moralising I see from pro-Corbyn types is getting to me ('you care about your principles more than people dying coz their benefits have been cut off' etc etc).

As for this thing about ten minutes: I mean, sure, it would take me ten minutes to go and vote but it also won't make a blind bit of difference. I live in a Labour safe-seat (Labour got double the votes the nearest party, the Tories, did). If I want to have an effect on the election, it means going to some marginal in Kent or wherever to help campaign. And that obviously takes significantly more than ten minutes.

GuayabaG
Jun 6 2017 17:40

The current iteration of Labour is not quite as bad as the Tories. I think it would be a very odd political analysis that said there would be no difference to people's lives over the next five years whoever won. I mean, it would be a terrible analysis.

You can't vote in socialism, clearly, but you can vote for slightly better conditions under capitalism. If your expectations are low enough, you won't be disappointed. Voting for the lesser evil sucks, but it's not as bad as actually getting the worse evil.

Noah Fence
Jun 6 2017 18:14

This assumption, for that's all it is, that conditions would be marginally better under Labour is a lazy and arrogant one. It's pumped out without any evidence to back it up and as has been shown here, there is at least as much possibility it could make things worse.

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ten minutes

Wtf has that got to do with anything? I could have three wanks in that time which would certainly improve conditions for one member of the working class. What's a vote gonna do? How about if you live in Newham, should you take ten minutes out of your schedule to vote for the piece of Labour shit that's so keen to turf working class people out of the borough?
Come of it already, we shouldn't even need this conversation yet half the anarchist movement is being sucked down this malignant plug hole. Take a look at North East Anarchists FB page for example, it's like a Corbyn marketing campaign. There's an almost religious zeal in the efforts to persuade, guilt trip and browbeat people into anointing our new saviour. I've even been told that if I don't take this chance to improve the lives of the working class then I'm no anarchist. Sweet fucking Jesus!!!
Any degree of belief in any party or particular MP by anarchists leaves me incredulous,
Let's just get the election, and the inevitable 'I told you so' out of the way and try to forget until next time, coz we all know it will happen next time, right? I mean let's face it, there were enough cheerleaders with Milliband and there is a huge gap in people's memories about the excitement when Blair was campaigning. Try and find a single person that admits to it now though, no fucking chance, just label him a Tory and take the heat off the war mongering, neo liberal on steroids Labour Goverment that we all endured. Things can only get better, indeed.

petey
Jun 6 2017 19:30
Noah Fence wrote:
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ten minutes

Wtf has that got to do with anything? I could have three wanks in that time

that's remarkable

Khawaga
Jun 6 2017 19:34
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And remember, the establishment don't give a flying fuck whether you vote or not.

Exactly because parliamentary politics is a fucking scam. They don't give a flying fuck and neither do I.

And this argument that the past Labour was, the Tories worse, ergo the new Labour will be better is just a huge fucking syllogistic fallacy.

Noah Fence
Jun 6 2017 20:17
petey wrote:
Noah Fence wrote:
Quote:
ten minutes

Wtf has that got to do with anything? I could have three wanks in that time

that's remarkable

Well ok, maybe not quite accurate, but it's a maxim of mine that you should never let the truth get in the way of a good post!

Chilli Sauce
Jun 6 2017 20:19
Jacques Roux wrote:
Quote:
But it’s not by voting that we improve our conditions; it’s through struggle ...
It’s through rebuilding that collective strength - in the workplace, in community organisations, or elsewhere - that we can do so again.

Would that struggle be marginally easier with a Labour government?

Or even symbolically easier if people are not simply focussed on getting a Labour government into power? I.e. they have seen the Labour alternative (nothing much changed) and are ready to move on from it to a possibility they perhaps had not entertained before? (most likely because that possibility is more or less invisible).

Lots of great responses on this thread already, but I'll add this: I'm always wary of pyschologizing class dynamics. In that same way that I don't buy into the immiseration theory of class anger, social dynamics are way too complicated to really make a prediction one way or the other how a left-leaning government will affect people's willingness to act outside outside of the electoral realm.

My gut tells me that since the role of electoral democracy is to channel and mediate popular anger, hoping that a left victory will spur on extra-parliamentary action is misplaced.

In any case, I don't think an argument can be made strongly enough one way (that the presence of left-wing government will bolster confidence) or the other (that the failure of a left-wing government will radicalise the class) to consider voting to be of tactical value either way.

Noah Fence
Jun 6 2017 21:53

Shee-it! Com Chom is at it as well! Still, he got trolled by Ali G so I guess it ain't so surprising.

[1] https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/10/labour-partys-future-lie...

Ed
Jun 6 2017 22:03
GuayabaG wrote:
I think it would be a very odd political analysis that said there would be no difference to people's lives over the next five years whoever won. I mean, it would be a terrible analysis.

Well, with all due respect, you're not offering much in the way of analysis either. So, the article above has pointed out that:

  • Three-quarters of MPs support austerity
  • Three-quarters of MPs are keen to sabotage Corbyn and everything he stands for
  • Current senior Labour MPs were around when Labour govt was privatising the NHS and hiring ATOS for Work Capability Assessments
  • Where Labour is currently in power they are kicking council tenants out of their homes and cutting public sector workers' pay
  • Where left-wing governments have gotten into power they have sold out their principles due to circumstances beyond their control, whether Labour in the 1970s or Syriza about a week ago (because nobody is the boss of capital)

So I think now it's your turn to say how Corbyn would get passed all of these issues to implement his programme. Otherwise, I think it's a little rich to be throwing around accusations of 'terrible analyses'..

Khawaga
Jun 6 2017 22:07

A Corbyn-led Labour government is an unknown, sure. But the activity of past Labour in power reveals clearly that it is not a party that care an iota about the working class. At least our arguments are based on something that the Labour party did, not what it may, perhaps, if dragged kicking and screaming, will do. Of course, if Corbyn's policies were to be carried out, it would be a lesser evil. But the greater evil is the PLP and they are also the greater force in Labour. I really don't understand why so many anarchos fall for parliamentary politics every four years. You lot should read up on what Adorno means with pseudo-individualization.

zugzwang
Jun 6 2017 23:34
Noah Fence wrote:
Shee-it! Com Chom is at it as well! Still, he got trolled by Ali G so I guess it ain't so surprising.

[1] https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/10/labour-partys-future-lie...

I mentioned that in another thread. Chomsky stands by the lesser evil thing. It shouldn't be surprising since he also told people to 'hold their nose and vote Clinton.' He (and whoever John Halle is) wrote up an entire piece about it.

https://chomsky.info/an-eight-point-brief-for-lev-lesser-evil-voting/

And Com Chom taking Ali G seriously, if he even did, is no measure of his gullibility; if anything it shows he's a scholarly person who likely doesn't share Ali G's sense of humor.

Craftwork
Jun 6 2017 23:19

This article has had a flood of Corbynist responses on FB:

https://www.facebook.com/libcom.org/posts/10155134676146023

Chilli Sauce
Jun 7 2017 07:51
Craftwork wrote:
This article has had a flood of Corbynist responses on FB:

https://www.facebook.com/libcom.org/posts/10155134676146023

F*ck me!

I really like how the main argument seems to be that no one said Corbyn was a saviour and then people turn around and say that people will "die" if Corbyn's not elected - which makes him a saviour by definition!

Noah Fence
Jun 7 2017 10:32
zugzwang wrote:
Noah Fence wrote:
Shee-it! Com Chom is at it as well! Still, he got trolled by Ali G so I guess it ain't so surprising.

[1] https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/10/labour-partys-future-lie...

I mentioned that in another thread. Chomsky stands by the lesser evil thing. It shouldn't be surprising since he also told people to 'hold their nose and vote Clinton.' He (and whoever John Halle is) wrote up an entire piece about it.

https://chomsky.info/an-eight-point-brief-for-lev-lesser-evil-voting/

And Com Chom taking Ali G seriously, if he even did, is no measure of his gullibility; if anything it shows he's a scholarly person who likely doesn't share Ali G's sense of humor.

Erm, the Ali G comment was a joke, as is the idea of voting for a capitalist for anarchists.
You're right though, for all his assets, he does seem a bit of a humourless git.

zugzwang
Jun 7 2017 10:47
Noah Fence wrote:
zugzwang wrote:
Noah Fence wrote:
Shee-it! Com Chom is at it as well! Still, he got trolled by Ali G so I guess it ain't so surprising.

[1] https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/10/labour-partys-future-lie...

I mentioned that in another thread. Chomsky stands by the lesser evil thing. It shouldn't be surprising since he also told people to 'hold their nose and vote Clinton.' He (and whoever John Halle is) wrote up an entire piece about it.

https://chomsky.info/an-eight-point-brief-for-lev-lesser-evil-voting/

And Com Chom taking Ali G seriously, if he even did, is no measure of his gullibility; if anything it shows he's a scholarly person who likely doesn't share Ali G's sense of humor.

Erm, the Ali G comment was a joke, as is the idea of voting for a capitalist for anarchists.
You're right though, for all his assets, he does seem a bit of a humourless git.

Well, he agreed to do this, so he's not totally without a sense humor.

Anti War
Jun 7 2017 12:35

The debates in Parliament which led to voting rights for most British adults took place exactly 100 years ago.

For those interested, here is a list of quotes from these debates - and from Sylvia Pankhurst. These quotes show that a major reason why the ruling class gave us voting rights, was to counter any revolutionary tendencies inspired by the Russian Revolution.

'Voting as Counter-Revolution – how the politicians who gave us the vote saw things 100 years ago'

Noah Fence
Jun 7 2017 16:08

An ICT friend just wrote this as a response to some of the crazy shit we've both been bumping into...

http://www.leftcom.org/en/articles/2017-06-07/anarcho-corbynism-and-supp...

Iktomi
Jun 7 2017 17:50

Didn't Chomsky say that voters in SWING states should hold their noses and vote Clinton in order to keep out the greater republican threat? And that voters in safe blue states can vote how they want?