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'Political Revolution' vs Social Revolution

As grand as it sounds, a ‘political revolution’ is only skin deep. Real, lasting, permanent change in favour of working-class people has to stem from a process of social revolution.

What does that mean in practise? It means a total overhaul of the ways people interact with one another at the most basic level. Neoliberal society - the world birthed by Reagan, Thatcher and their New Right neo-cons - has meant the total cracking up of all social bonds, dissolving classes into individuals and nuclear families, freeing the ruling-class to divide-and-rule, imposing post-industrial decline, austerity and institutional racism. A truly revolutionary movement has to start by rejecting and undermining the alienation of man from fellow man in its entirety: economically, socially and politically.

What does that look like? Setting up a food co-op binds individuals, split apart by the myriad intersecting divisions of modern capitalism, back together. Building a community association to fight residents’ corner in disputes with greedy landlords and abusive police creates steel links of reciprocal solidarity. Joining a workplace union forges the weakness of a mass of easily victimised individuals into the strength of a unified active body capable of taking action to reverse managed decline. Buying out your management with your co-workers and running your workplace as an enterprise democratically directed by the workers themselves places the real economic power in the hands of working-class communities.

When viewed from this perspective, talking to your neighbours and having a get-together on your street can become a revolutionary act. A truly social revolution is the combined sum of countless millions taking determined, conscious, relentless action to gain control over their own lives.