At the Cafe: Labouring in Vain

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Battlescarred
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Oct 14 2020 18:57
At the Cafe: Labouring in Vain

At the Cafe with the Anarchist Communists
The ACG is running a series of monthly online meetings under the title At the Cafe with the Anarchist Communists, with the aim of involving people in discussing key issues of the day. The format is a short presentation from an ACG member, then we open up the meeting for a ’round table’ discussion.

Wednesday 4th November, 7pm – Labouring in Vain
Many people, thirsty for social change, have been lured to the Labour Party during the recent wave of Corbynism. Some of those are now reconsidering their membership of a Party led by Sir Keir Starmer and are looking for alternatives.

We in the Anarchist Communist Group argue that the Labour Party has always been a will o’ the wisp,* something that diverts away from real social change. It has never been a socialist party and has always taken the side of capitalism and imperialism, as we explain in our talk. Whether controlled by the right, the centre, or the left, the Labour Party has always been an unsuitable vehicle for real radical change. Neither will the founding of a Labour Party, Mark Two, controlled by socialists, offer a credible alternative. The transformation of this unfair unequal society to one which is just and equal can never come through Parliament. Only broad movements organising in both the workplaces and the neighbourhoods can bring this about. In this talk we look at the record of the Labour Party and explain why it is can never be our ally in the fight for social justice and equality.

*The will-o’-the-wisp is a flame-like phosphorescence caused by gases from decaying plants in marshy areas. In olden days, it was personified as “Will with the wisp,” a sprite who carried a fleeting “wisp” of light. Foolish travellers were said to try to follow the light and were then led astray into the marsh. Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
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https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/at-the-cafe-with-the-anarchist-communists...

Spikymike
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Oct 15 2020 16:34

Out of interest what audio or video system do these events work on?

Battlescarred
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Oct 15 2020 20:05

Zoom

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Oct 24 2020 23:37

Love the Malatesta reference in the name of the event.

Best wishes, I hope it's a smash.

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Oct 30 2020 14:54

And you'll be very welcome to drop in to our public zoom meeting, Lucky Black Cat... as long as it's not too unreasonable a time for you on t'other side of the ocean.

Anyway, it's worth a bump, to get it back on the front page. What with all the latest shenanigans in the Labour Party as well, it'll be interesting to see what contributions will be like.

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Nov 2 2020 17:30

Howdy Serge! Gonna try to make it but I got shit going down atm that keeps scuppering my plans. In the highly likely event that I can’t participate, will there be a recording of the proceedings available?

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Nov 2 2020 22:19

Dunno mate. Maybe Battlescarred knows.

Battlescarred
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Nov 3 2020 16:57

Tomorrow!

Battlescarred
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Nov 4 2020 18:34

Yes, should be recorded.

Battlescarred
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Nov 5 2020 09:50

It's been recorded.and will probably go out as a podcast. Watch this space.

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Nov 22 2020 16:35

And here's the audio: https://www.anarchistcommunism.org/2020/11/22/labouring-in-vain-acg-audio/

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Dec 3 2020 20:09

Excellent. Thanks!