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  • Welcome to an introduction to liberty & solidarity, this video is designed to familiarise you with the basic ideas and practices of liberty & solidarity
  • This video covers the following topics: Our goals and our strategy for achieving them The role of liberty and solidarity as an organisation, covering how we interact with other organistions And finally how we work as an organisation
  • So firstly, what are our aims, and how do we achieve them?
  • Ultimately we want to democratise society by empowering workers and residents. We’re going to look in the following slides at how we achieve this, but its important to note from The outset that control over the economy, and the nature of that control, is fundamental to control Over society. This is further explored in our basics of marxism module. So what does control over the economy by workers look like? Well we envisage democracy at the Lowest level, in the workplaces, the places where the wealth of society is created, what Marx called The “means of production” Naturally then, our constituency, our target market are the workers. However workers today are Far from ready (or willing) to take control of society, there are many negative trends with which we Will have to grapple, workers are often disorganised and hugely divisive ideas like sexism and Racism are commonplace Opposed to this idea are the current owners of the means of production, the employers and owners, And the state which governs in their interest. They aren’t simply going to accept losing their property And power. History has shown, indeed, that they will resort to military means when necessary to defend what they See as their property, and that is something we as a movement have to be prepared for.
  • So what is it we mean by power? Simply, we’ll define it as the ability to alter the course of events Now this can be done in two ways, that is to say there are two forms of powr, hard power and Soft power Softer power can be roughly translated into influence, using relationships and diplomacy to get what You want. Hard power on the other hand represents a more forceful approach, for example ensuring That you have majority control on an executive committee. So L&S mostly uses soft power, trying to influence and build relationships in order to encourage workers to ultimately wield hard power over their workplaces and thus the economy Power is organisation, the better organised, and the more bought in to the given organisation people Are, the better they will be able to assert themselves and their interests The goal of workers power is attained through the organisation of the working class
  • So how do we get to workers power, we build workers organisations Within these organisations we have to argue for ideas the further facilitate organisation, for example Historically and to this day many trade unions are based upon the skillset of the workforce, and this Divides and weakens workers in industries by splitting them up this way, so instead we argue for union Membership based on industry rather than skill or trade. We also need to remove impediments to effective action, these can often take the form of right wing factions within the unions, or union full timers who try to block effective action through their Own conservatism The longer term solution to these problems is democracy, so that ineffectual full timers can be easily Removed by the rank and file. We also need to organise in communities to tackle issues that workplace unions cannot, such as Rent rises etcetera. It is in the community that fascists often try to grow support as well so community Organisation can be an important tenant of opposing fascism.
  • What does history teach us? Well, a hell of a lot, but here are some of the most prominent lessons. Socialism, ie workers power, cannot exist isolated in a single country for the simple reason that it will Immediatley be subject to boycott and military threat We need an tansnational revolution, encompassing a wide enough area to be self-sufficient to a large Degree Hence internationalism is important, building trans national organisations and links between workers across borders, this is covered more in our one big union module. The levels of organisation, the closeness of the workers to power, will vary widely geographically, Yet we need to keep pace to each other, as above, one country cant “go it alone” This is why dual power is important,
  • So given these aims and this strategy, where does L&S fit in?
  • Our role

    1. 1. Introduction to Liberty & Solidarity
    2. 2. Topics covered <ul><li>Our goals and strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Our role </li></ul><ul><li>How we work </li></ul>
    3. 3. Our goals & strategy
    4. 4. Workers power <ul><li>Wielded economically </li></ul><ul><li>Democratic control over the means of production </li></ul><ul><li>Opposed: owners, the state </li></ul><ul><li>Our constituency: the working class (workers) </li></ul><ul><li>Disorganised, reactionary, racist </li></ul><ul><li>Revolution required </li></ul>
    5. 5. What is power? <ul><li>Ability to change the course of events </li></ul><ul><li>“ Soft” and “Hard” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Soft power” = influence </li></ul><ul><li>“ Hard power” = direct control </li></ul><ul><li>L&S uses soft power (mostly) </li></ul><ul><li>Power is organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Powerful worker = organised, have control over economy </li></ul>
    6. 6. How do we get there? <ul><li>Build workers organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Argue for key ideas that facilitate organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Industrial unionism </li></ul><ul><li>Remove impediments to militancy, organisation (right factions, bureaucrats etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Democracy </li></ul><ul><li>Community organisation to support workers, oppose fascism </li></ul>
    7. 7. What does history teach us? <ul><li>“ Socialism in one state” impossible </li></ul><ul><li>Need to take large geographical area </li></ul><ul><li>Internationalism </li></ul><ul><li>Uneven development </li></ul><ul><li>Dual power </li></ul>
    8. 8. Our role
    9. 9. Liberty & Solidarity <ul><li>Political organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Idealogical unity </li></ul><ul><li>Tight tactical unity </li></ul><ul><li>Small </li></ul><ul><li>“ Big” ideas </li></ul>
    10. 10. Mass organisations <ul><li>Existant or hypothetical </li></ul><ul><li>TUC unions </li></ul><ul><li>Residents federations </li></ul><ul><li>“ Worker's party”? </li></ul><ul><li>Some believe Political organisation = mass organisation, ie Solfed, SSP </li></ul>
    11. 11. Simple model <ul><li>Political organistaion “intervenes” directly in mass organisation </li></ul><ul><li>AWL </li></ul><ul><li>WSM </li></ul>Political organisation Mass organisation
    12. 12. Tendencies <ul><li>Alliances </li></ul><ul><li>Larger than political organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Smaller than mass organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Limited goals </li></ul><ul><li>Temporary or permanent </li></ul>Political organisation Mass organisation Tendency
    13. 13. More tendencies! <ul><li>The L&S model </li></ul><ul><li>Determined by on-the-ground practicalities </li></ul><ul><li>Factions </li></ul>Political organisation Mass organisation Tendency Tendency
    14. 14. Real world example: L&S labour strategy L&S TUC unions IWW NSSN Informal faction
    15. 15. Advantages of our model <ul><li>Small group </li></ul><ul><li>Need big clout </li></ul><ul><li>Pragmatic alliances </li></ul><ul><li>Works in practice! </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: Burgh Angel, IWW, LCAP </li></ul>
    16. 16. How we work
    17. 17. We aim to provide <ul><li>Clout </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Members must abide all collective decisions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Education and training </li></ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Finance </li></ul><ul><li>Physical resources </li></ul><ul><li>Interface with other groups internationally </li></ul>
    18. 18. Structure <ul><li>Branches </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Branch officers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Disparate members </li></ul><ul><li>Delegates council </li></ul><ul><li>National conference </li></ul><ul><li>National officers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Industrial and community organisers </li></ul></ul>
    19. 19. Battle plans <ul><li>National targets & themes </li></ul><ul><li>Local targets </li></ul><ul><li>SMART objectives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Specific </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Measurable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Achievable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Realistic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Time-bound </li></ul></ul>
    20. 20. Summary
    21. 21. Summary <ul><li>Goal is workers power </li></ul><ul><li>Achieved through organising the workers in unions, community groups </li></ul><ul><li>Work within broader organisations, alliances where necessary </li></ul><ul><li>Aim to support members in this </li></ul><ul><li>Activity driven through battle plans </li></ul>
    22. 22. <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>