Thursday, 26 March 2015
English Revolution was created in response to the need for a left-wing engagement with a rising English sense of national identity and to explore a local and national response to traditional left-wing causes abandoned by the established parties and movements of the Left . This theoretical experiment emerged from a background of heterogeneous, non-dogmatic left-wing radicalism willing to look outside of itself for support, allies and ideas; coupled with a respect for progressive patriotism and the positive role of traditional culture.
Betrayed by the Blairite Labour Party and its project to combine only the worst aspects of capitalism and socialism, the English working class is faced with a dearth of options. The three largest parties fight for control of the status-quo, accepting all the rules of the global capitalist world order laid down by United States, EU and IMF; differing only slightly in their carefully-crafted TV personalities and claims of managerial supremacy. Standing in the wings are UKIP and the Greens trying to pull the establishment consensus back into its old-fashioned Left/Right binary but ready to compromise and collaborate at the first sniff of power. Beyond that there is the more-or-less irreverent far-Left and far-Right fringes locked in their own political ghettos fighting among themselves.
Since I began this blog, I have come into contact with a number of similarly minded people seeking a way beyond the establishment system and tired old dogmas. Some of the best dialogue I have had has been with people who have histories of involvement in the far-right but have since categorically rejected racism and found inspiration in the more creative history of English radicalism. I have also has to draw a line in my dealings with certain people and organisations who do not yet share this same rejection of racism and mistakenly believe we would countenance such a viewpoint.
My attempt to synthesise libertarian socialism and English civic pride has sadly met with little interest from the mainstream Left. Marxist organisations mostly like to fight over who is the correct bearer of that 'infallible' dogma so tend to have no tolerance of dissident socialisms. Other objections have been based on knee-jerk liberal assumptions and misunderstandings about who we are and what we want. The upshot is that 'Autonomous England' has failed to materialise into anything like the movement I originally talked about.
So where now? I will keep this blog going with occasional articles promoting alternative political ideas and dialogue across the out-dated political spectrum but will no longer profess to be a political movement in itself. I just hope that in time more people will wake up and realise we must fight the system not each other.
Autonomous England is an inspiration. It is unfortunate - but understandable - to see despondency. SWPE implores Autonomous England to keep fighting. Many battles will be lost before the victory we strive for. Keeping active in the battle is the only way to halt globalisation.