A Future That Works

A Future That Works
NO2aTory/Liberal coalition - Vote with your feet for an alternative to a neo-liberal economy and neo-conservative state Yes2aLeftFront and a Red/Green Left Alliance

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

What and how it’s to be done

What is to be done, like Vladimir Illyich Lenin, Josip Tito, Fidel Castro and Hồ Chí Minh our task is to resist and replace capitalism in its highest imperialist stage. The question now has to be how it’s to be done?


  1. The Enigma Of Capital

    David Harvey explains how finance capital, freed in the 1970’s from restraint sort new ways to maximise profit through privatisation of common property, asset stripping and urban development of peasant economies and the exploitation of cheap labour from the former Soviet Union and Eastern European states, along with low-wage countries in Asia, immigration and women joining the labour force.

    The following collapse of industry and wages and rising unemployment in the advanced capitalist countries reduced consumer demand. To stimulate demand a cheap credit bubble emerged; with people getting into massive debt while the rich got even richer and even when the bubble burst the rich didn't suffer.

    Harvey points out, the capitalists ensured that their control of the state would protect their financial institutions, squeeze the economy and public spending and attack the trade unions which was their class project. He looks into the barriers to this - working-class resistance to deindustrialisation and unemployment, peasant organisations opposing the exploitation of their land, finite natural resources causing imperialist wars to be fought over their control, popular risings opposing climate change and environmental destruction and peace campaigns, all form a pattern of global resistance.

    David Harvey concludes that capital never solves its crisis tendencies, it simply moves them around. He sees the necessity to combine all the anti-capitalist forces to oppose international capitalism because the future of human life on earth is at stake.

  2. David Harvey re-works and re-theorises Karl Marx analysis to show that capitalism may have reached a point where it cannot get over crisis and get back to a compound growth rate of 3% per annum needed to sustain the capitalist system. Capitalism can solve this as long as it makes people pay the price of its crises: lost jobs, lost pensions, destroyed environment, wrecked public services and vast amounts of capital destroyed in wars.

    Harvey argues for a united Left across a broad range of struggles and across the globe. Harvey's focus seems to be to look beyond the traditional labour movements which may contradict the traditional Marxist view that the working class as central to a socialist challenge to capitalism. The Left has to respond to the crisis of international finance capital and present a socialist alternative this is the challenge that Marxist’s have to respond to if they are to have any role to play in the 21st century struggle between capital, labour and nature.

  3. Europe Against Austerity

    Fightback against Austerity – Organise across Europe

    European wide conference against cuts and privatisation

    Saturday 1 October 2011, 10am-5pm
    Camden Centre, Bidborough Street,
    London WC1H 9AU

    Register for the conference today:
    £3 Unwaged / £5 Waged / £10 delegate from organisation


  4. Supporters

    Ken Loach
    John McDonnell MP
    Jeremy Corbyn MP
    Caroline Lucas MP
    Kate Hudson
    Tony Benn, President Coalition of Resistance
    Imran Khan, the People’s Charter
    Andrew Burgin, Secretary Coalition of Resistance
    Bill Greenshields, Chair Communist Party of Britain
    Lindsey German, Convenor Stop the War
    Paul Mackney, former UCU General Secretary
    Clare Solomon, President ULU Students Union
    Hilary Wainwright, Red Pepper
    Lee Jasper, BARAC
    Len McCluskey, Unite General Secretary
    Bob Crow, RMT General Secretary
    Jeremy Dear, NUJ General Secretary

  5. Chris Bambery, Secretary Right to Work campaign
    Sevim Dağdelen German MP for Die Linke (Left party)

  6. To contact the Coalition of Resistance about the conference email: coalitionofresistance@mail.com

  7. Communist Party of Britain members attending the European Conference Against Austerity & Privatisation were Andy Bain, Steve Johnson and Andy Chaffer.


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