The current crisis of capitalism is so profoundly deep that the term ‘crisis’ has almost been worn out. Fresh political, social, and economic crises appear to be looming round the corner, with new ones arriving nearly every week. And this is just looking at Britain, let alone the world situation!
The government is beset with scandals: From the corruption revelations surrounding David Cameron and the Conservatives; to the astonishingly open cronyism involved in public contracts related to the pandemic.
The appalling murder of Sarah Everard and the subsequent police clampdown on vigils has revealed to millions the truly rotten and decrepit nature of the system we live under. This, and attempts to curtail the democratic right to protest, have only provoked mass anger and demonstrations.
The consciousness of millions is transforming rapidly – and revolutionary implications flow from this.
Indeed, for many years Marxists were ridiculed for talking of revolution. We were told that revolutions were something of the past; and so too with the ideas of Marxism!
Yet, in recent years, we have seen insurrectionary movements in Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia, Sudan, Hong Kong, and even France, to name a few. This year has seen ongoing revolutionary struggles in Myanmar, India and Thailand.
The question is no longer if a revolution will emerge. This question has already been answered. The question now is: when a revolutionary movement emerges, will it succeed?
As Trotsky put it in 1938 in the Transitional Programme: “The world political situation as a whole is chiefly characterised by a historical crisis of the leadership of the proletariat.”
As long as workers in Britain are led by the likes of ‘Sir’ Keir Starmer and Christina McAnea (the general secretary of Unison), the nightmare created by the capitalist system will continue. We cannot allow that to happen.
Build the forces of Marxism
We at Socialist Appeal are striving to build a genuine Marxist leadership for the British labour movement.
Our rapid growth in recent years is testament to the appetite for revolutionary ideas amongst workers and youth. In fact, we have reached the point where we can no longer fit our expanded staff of full-timers into our current office!
We must move into a larger space, if we are to continue to grow and develop. That is why, from this summer, we will start leasing a new office.
But in addition to the costs of the lease, we will incur further costs relating to the office move itself, along with the purchase of new furniture, computers, and other equipment.
We estimate that these added costs will come to as much as £10,000.
We would therefore like to make this appeal for any support you – our readers – can give us in raising this sum.
Any donation towards our target will be greatly received – and will go directly toward the building of the forces of Marxism in Britain.