Archive for 'Revolution'
The ruling class warmongers have won the battle for the soul of Remembrance Day. Under the guise of remembering the dead, they ready the next generation of working class warriors to die in defence of capital.
It looks to me as if profit and competition are the barriers to addressing climate change. If that is the case then only a democratic revolution of workers to run society to satisfy human need can address climate change. As the banners at some environmental demonstrations and eco-socialist conferences say ‘System Change, not Climate Change.’
My childhood memories of Allende’s Chile, sharpened by the words, tears and suffering of the adults around me, reflect now more vividly and perhaps more bitterly than ever the tragedy of a revolution half-made, writes Jorge Jorquera in Socialist Alternative.
he new government is offering the exact same policies as Mohamed Mursi, who offered the exact same policies as Hosni Mubarak. It’s the same neoliberalism and the same strategic alliances with the Gulf dictatorships, the US and Israel. It is as if these policies are written in stone. So the aspirations of the people do not seem to have a reformist outlet.
The revolutionary left is not yet big enough to pose the question of a real alternative, to point beyond the capitalist state. But the revolution could go on for years—and that gives us an unmissable opportunity to grow.
The revolution is continuing, but it still needs time and to organise itself. This requires the reformation of popular committees to defend our revolution in every street, neighbourhood and factory. We are multitudes, but we lack organisation in our ranks.
So we begin from this moment preparations for the third Egyptian revolution inevitably to come, to be ready to lead this revolution to final victory. For the masses have proven anew that their revolutionary energy is endless, that their revolution is truly a permanent revolution. Let us rise to the task of this historical responsibility and let us work together for the success of the revolution.
People feel empowered and entitled by the events of the last few days writes Sameh Naguib of the Revolutionary Socialists in Socialist Worker UK from Cairo. This is a contradictory situation. It is formally a military coup. But at the same time it is a mass popular revolt.The people brought down the president after just one year because he did not deliver, and they will do it again.
Despite our appreciation of the people’s joy at this great mobilisation and the signs of victory, the theft of the January Revolution by a deal between the Brotherhood and the Military Council in February 2011 and what followed thereafter, stands as a warning. We must remain prepared and mobilised in the streets, exercising constant pressure so as not to leave any chance for traitors and opportunists to steal our glorious revolution.
We affirm that the general strike is the weapon for all wage-workers, employees and professionals. It is an even more powerful weapon than sit-ins and demonstrations, for it was strikes which finished off Mubarak. Strikes will be our weapon to resist any deals or an attempted coup against the demands of the masses.
But if we can’t know precisely how things will unfold in the next few days, one thing is certain writes Tom Bramble in Socialist Alternative. Two and a half years after the first call went out on 25 January, the Egyptian revolution is alive and kicking. Every attempt to crush the revolutionary movement, to extinguish the beacon of hope that has been an inspiration to millions across the entire region, will be resisted.
The role of the revolutionary is to be on the side and struggle with these popular organizations struggling for freedom and dignity and to radicalize as much as possible the popular movement towards progressive objectives, while fighting against opportunists and reactionary forces opposing popular class interests.
A banner in Homs expressed very well this feeling: The revolution is permanent against the regime and the cheap lackey opposition.