The role of a revolutionary

Richard Harris rhh1 at
Mon Apr 28 16:21:29 MDT 2003

>[The role of a revolutionary ...] "It is to stay at home and deal with what
he is >best trained to do: destroying his own ruling class by providing the
working >class with a Marxist understanding of what is really going on in
far off places."

That is exactly right.  I would add: and at home.

In Britain, the lair of one of the world's most vicious bourgeoisies, a cold
and constant attack on what the bastards would like us to think of as 'our'
leaders is vital.  In the leaflets I have produced in East Kent (with other
comrades - none of the people I work with are in a party), the message has
been of Britain's invasion of Iraq, Blair's lying to us, the British
criminal murder of Irish freedom fighters.  These are the facts, the reality
that lies underneath the farce of the mother of Parliaments.  When police
watch the stall at a distance, I challenge them on these issues: why are you
watching us?  Are there no crimes to solve?  Mrs Thatcher has incited the
murder if Irish people.  Arrest her and put her on her trial.  If an
Irishman was accused, as she stands accused, of murder, you'd be off,
wouldn't you?  One law for the toffs, one for the poor and one for the
Irish, is it?  The street is electric.  People see the truth.  Kick through
the rotten door of lies that dress the system.  A paradigm shift - just see
what you already know in a new way.  Instead of the world being crazy, it
will make sense, because the sense is that it is crazy, the crazy of

We have even had a picket of the Royal Irish Regiment barracks here in
Canterbury.  People have to face the fact that the invasion of Iraq and the
horror imposed upon Ireland is not done by some mysterious dark force (the
neocons?  the death star?) but by those men - those men in there.

Not the Americans - that let's everyone off the hook (including you, working
people) when it is those men over there, their bosses in London, the rich
who stuff their mouths with gold (none of them are from Mars -  they are the
people who grind you down, too - in fact, the level of disgust with the
political parties is so great that people buy this, because it is the story
of the world they live in.)  How to turn awakening into a revolutionary
force?  I suppose all one can to is add head to the caldron and wait for the
lid to be tipped off.  Better ideas, please!

Canterbury, Kent.

The exact thing not to do is this:

we do not want 'urge your representatives' - we want to learn to hate the
lie that is the phrase 'representatives' or the pretence that Britain is in
any real sense a democracy (except the sense that it uses the word about

We do not want 'US long planned war'; the UK invaded Iraq!  That is our

Tony Benn on crisis of representation - for f**k's sake.  There is no crisis
of representation.  And when did the British State 'represent' the working
class.  If only we had better leaders - we need to be in charge ourselves.
That's what we need, not representatives.

Letter writing campaigns to the killers - please don't invade Mesopotamia
again as, last time, Mr Churchill's rather colourful language so frightened
the servants.

'Troops should have a voice' - they will be taking Dublin next!  Troops
should desert, that's what troops should do.

I'm sorry to choose one contributor to focus on (but the web address Paddy
gave invited looking at his material.)  This is exactly the type of
campaigning which, in my judgement, fails to strengthen the class and does
not join up the dots for workers (and that is not patronising - many people
joined up the dots for me.)  And it's not shrill - many many workers have
opposed the invasion, fewer but a significant core oppose Britain in
Ireland.  A true united front on these issues is joint action with workers
on a 100% workers, marxist agenda to force change.  Not dissolving workers
demands into tailing after the state, the 'labour leadership', to be nice -
don't shoot the Irish in the back, just put them to rot in the Maze; don't
invade Iraq - what do 'we' ask 'them' to do (we asking them is the opposite
of building socialism, it is reinforcing the dependent, servant/wage-slave
mentality), given 'their/ the state's' logic?  Workers I've met just regard
petitioning, let's ask Mr Blair to drop sanctions against Iraq, as bizarre -
lefts who say this seem to be the only people who do not understand where
the interests in the system lie.  Tell workers we need to force Blair to
drop sanctions - well, they ask how are you going to do that?  But they see
your feet as being on the ground, because if that is what you want the only
issue is how can you force them to do it.  And that is why we need open and
wide debate in the class to achieve such aims.  But again and again it is:
let's ask our leaders not to be nasty.  Blair has fought five wars in the
last six years.  I understand what he understands.

Recently, the day after there had been a TV report open surgery upon an
Iraqi child, the removal of his legs, without anaesthesia.  In Baghdad,
filled with troops who would have a plaster the second a fly bit a pinkie.
I had a hack saw & reminded the passers by of this story.  I said that if
Blair thought this a price worth paying I invited him to pay it himself.
Where are you, Mr Blair?

People got the point.

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