SWPE is a Revolutionary party. By Revolutionary, we mean that we do not seek an accommodation with the Establishment, we do not seek any form of compromise which will allow for the Ruling Class oppressors and the bourgeois collaborators to continue to hold positions of power and influence. We want to completely overturn the current system and to bring into being a Socialist Republic which will put the People and Nature before Profit.
It is fine to speak of Revolution. It is another thing to achieve it. It is important that we increase our base of support, but in such a way that we do not have to dilute our ideals.
Radical organisations grow by attracting people who are like-minded. The maintenance of ideological purity comes at the cost of risking decline into cult status, more often than not with the added problem of despotic leadership controlling the membership in a tyrannical fashion. An extreme example of the danger of a completely closed organisation with an autocratic leadership was the Workers' Institute of Marxism-Leninism Mao Zedong Thought (WIMLMZT), which was ultimately a plaything for its violent, sadistic and megalomaniacal rapist leader, Aravindan Balakrishnan. SWPE is a million miles from the lunacy of the WIMLMZT, as are all of the organisations and individuals we are in contact with. Non-members reading this need have no worries that SWPE could ever even set foot on the path that WIMLNZT progressed down (and members will laugh at the idea!). The danger of Cultism has to be taken seriously though.
The point of raising the idea of closed groups is to highlight a genuine problem faced by all who are involved in Revolutionary politics. If we let just anyone join, without first being sure that they are of the right calibre and have the same ideological tendencies as ourselves, then we will grow and the membership coffers will increase, but this is at the cost of the inevitable slide into factionalism and ego issues. Plenty of parties are happy with gaining members, taking their money from them, and replacing them with new
The merging of the old FWL and BSP took a lot of time and serious consideration. It was a rare success which we are all rightly proud of. But to expect SWPE to continue to grow by merging with as yet unknown groups, is expecting too much. Realistically, the tendency in organisations is for cliques to form, growing into factions, then into separate entities as they find they cannot coexist with the other factions inside the same organisation. This creates quite a problem for people who seek a total revolution, during which the State is to be overthrown and the Dictatorship of the Proletariat put in place.
Revolutionary Unity isn't going to happen by all the rival organisations merging into one. It is a nice thought, but not a practical one. People who have built organisations, or have risen through the ranks to positions of leadership, or have simply found a home where they feel that their comrades share the same vision as themselves of a better future, do not feel comfortable throwing away what they have. In some cases, the parties exist as cash cows for the leaders: letting parasites who see the desperate plight of the Working Class as an excuse for making money, into contact with others who have not had to deal with such immoral people in political circles, is an obvious recipe for trouble.
SWPE approach to the problem of overcoming the Class Enemy, is to unite with like-minded groups and individuals on an issue by issue basis. We are already building alliances with a range of comrades across a number of countries, covering different cultures and strands of thought. We always keep true to our belief in autonomy, cooperating where it is mutually beneficial, but never trying to dominate or dictate to those we work with.
To build a mass movement in a time of a myriad of competing organisations, does not require the submission of any group or individual to any other. Loose informal alliances work well in pursuing common aims. All Socialists share the grand aim of exposing and breaking false class consciousness in the section of the Proletariat which considers itself 'middle class' and doesn't realise that it is just as much controlled and beaten down by the Ruling Class as the rest of us. Keeping that in mind, allows us to see who our potential allies really are, and who are the wasters and useful idiots who are fighting ghosts and who really need to be avoided at all costs.
The Identity politics of the Trotskyites and liberals which infest the Socialist movement, is a distraction we need to keep clear from. Those who are obsessed with campaigns concerning sexuality, race, so-called 'gender' and other divisive issues, are enemies of the Revolution. We have to be absolutely clear that we will never allow our struggle to be derailed by unreconstructed Trotskyites / reactionary revisionists. We are free to unite with everyone who can see beyond the sham circus of identity politics. Change comes through smashing the organs of the State, not by pandering to people who think they have rights to work and welfare solely because they engage in certain sexual acts, have a right not to have their 'feelings' hurt, or other such drivel of the political correctness industry.
We reach out to everyone who can help to destabilise the Capitalist State, and not get bogged down by those who want to reform it or give their favoured minorities more scraps from the table than everyone else. We are not interested in the reallocation of the scraps, we are interested in smashing the table!
SWPE is constantly reaching out to people who can see that the whole system has to be destroyed and a new better way put in its place. Maintaining our organisations but marching together in the same direction, is the only way to bring about the downfall of Capitalism. We can argue over the details of what comes next, when we stand on the rubble of the citadels of Ruling Class power. To break the citadels in the first place has to be our primary purpose.
So we call on all who are fighting for the end of Ruling Class domination to join with us in the common struggle. If you agree with our ideology and see SWPE as a place where you could belong, get in touch and we can discuss the next step on the path to joining (we don't take anyone at all, just in return for membership subs!) If you represent an organisation and which to join with us in a loose alliance which will be mutually beneficial in that it will advance common aims, get in touch. We are many, but we are ghettoised and isolated. To achieve the revolutionary aims we share, we have to communicate and to organise together - not necessarily as Comrades in the same organisation, but always as Comrades in the same cause.
The contact information is at the top of the page. Use it! Together we are strong.