When it gets down to having to use violence, then you’re playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you, pull your beard, flick your face to make you fight. Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle in non-violence and humor.” ~John Lennon
… by far the worst error we have made as a people is to think ourselves as taxpayers first and citizens second.
When I’m lying in my bed, I think about life and I think about death. And neither one particularly appeals to me.
— The Smiths- Nowhere Fast
Sign it for a debate in the EU about an unconditional basic income for everyone. Surely nothing else can be more important than bringing this in?
(…) the failure of an organization like the SWP to appreciate the importance of feminism programmatically creates a fertile soil for the sort of sexist culture in a left party that perpetuates and defends itself just as does any patriarchal and bureaucratic institution of capitalism.
The institution of marriage makes a parasite of woman, an absolute dependent. It incapacitates her for life’s struggle, annihilates her social consciousness, paralyzes her imagination, and then imposes its gracious protection, which is in reality a snare, a travesty on human character. Love, the strongest and deepest element in all lives, the harbinger of hope, of joy, of ecstasy; love, the defier of all laws, of all conventions; love, the freest, the most powerful moulder of human destiny; how can such an all-compelling force be synonymous with that poor little State and Church-begotten weed, marriage?
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For there are brighter sides to life, and I should know, because I’ve seen them. But not very often.
— Still Ill- The Smiths
You have to control the biscuits. Don’t let the biscuits control you.
— Rob Brydon
SWP Resignation (UPDATED)
(This is an updated version, I never got around to officially informing the CC in January so have sent this today to ensure it is 100% official.)
I joined the SWP to fight for socialism & women’s liberation whilst fighting against racism, homophobia and attacks on people from an establishment set out on exploitation. The way the DC case of Comrade Delta has been dealt with, is not consistent to these principles & the restrictions which were been put in place to shut down debate meant the only viable way of rejecting this is to leave.
This self-protecting, uncritical attitude is a renowned bureaucratic behaviour; I believe socialist organizations should put the compassionate, fair treatment of people, both internally and externally, at the forefront of the way they operate. Without this grounding, the focus narrow focus of meeting goals may inadvertently lead to people getting hurt, which I believe most people want to avoid.
It is because of these self-serving acts, the lack of critical awareness, contemptuous attitudes and bullying behaviour towards those in opposition, who attempted to challenge behaviours which go against what the SWP is supposed to stand for, I left the SWP in January.
The bureaucratic behaviour of the SWP in this case also threatens to undermine progress the left as a whole could make on issues such as cuts, sexism and racism so it is for this reason staying in the SWP felt disingenuous and politically dangerous.