What do you think are the most important questions we should be asking each other?
From increasing inequalities and impending environmental doom to perpetual warfare and global hunger, the capitalist system has been shown to be inherently unjust and unstable. The question we should be asking ourselves is: How do we get from here to where we want to be?
Some believe we can change the world through piecemeal reform. Step at a time we can undo and possibly even reverse the destructive capacities of our system. Others believe we can offer an alternative to capitalism by attempting to live within the cracks of our system. We can do some guerilla gardening here, buy fair-trade there, and subvert our social system by refusing to conform with its most destructive elements.
However, piecemeal reforms and lifestyle politics don’t pose any major threat to our system. They don’t tackle the root cause of the problem: the devastating potential inherent in capital accumulation.
I’m a revolutionary socialist. I believe it’s only through a radical transformation of society that we can hope to create a better, more socially just (socialist) world. To that end, I also believe it’s necessary to organise ourselves democratically and collectively in the form of a political party or organisation of some kind, which unites all those fighting for change and is capable of posing a challenge to the capitalist system.
How do you feel about the current government and why?
Our government is tied hand-and-foot to capital. It’s a band of ruling class warriors, carrying out some of the most brutal attacks on poor and working class people: bailing out the banks and cutting corporation tax, whilst selling off our schools, hospitals and other public services.
The government is also weak, however, and potentially very vulnerable. The Tories haven’t won a general election in over twenty years. They have no mandate for austerity and can be defeated.
What have been your highlights of 2013 so far?
The three highlights of the year so far, for me, have been 1.) the protests against the bedroom tax, 2.) the anti-racist and anti-fascist protests against the EDL and BNP’s attempts to capitalise on the Woolwich attacks, and 3.) the ongoing battle against sexism and sexual abuse epitomised by the mass protests in India against the way rape is handled by the authorities. These various protests show the strength of feeling about social and political issues and give me hope for the future.
What can we do to improve the world we live in?
Certainly, we should recycle, reduce our energy consumption, give to charity, endeavour to be an “ethical” consumer, etc. and so on. As individuals, however, isolated and battling alone against the capitalist system, I don’t think we can do very much to improve the world in which we live.
It’s only by fighting together, as part of a broader movement, that we can hope to make a difference. There is strength in unity.
Fighting together requires organisation, however, because the institutions of capitalism are highly organised. We need to be organised in our trade unions, pressure groups and assorted community groups, but we also need a mass party or organisation that brings together all those fighting for another world and is capable of sustaining a challenge to capitalism.
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