The fundamentalism of the policies being pushed by the Tories, and echoed in police tactics, is rooted in desperation of the material collapse of global capitalism – and the scope of reform runs much further than the darkest years of Thatcherism. The coalition\’s marketisation of education and health; its criminalisation of squatting; its dismantling of youth work – all can be viewed as a completion of the Thatcher-Blair years
It has become clear to ordinary people that the political elite has run out of ideas and its agenda is born of desperation. It is in this context that movements of resistance, including the students\’, are appearing so dramatically and with such public support.
The challenge that faces students is not only the achievement of direct political goals, but internal re-invigoration. There are still those who view national mobilisation and local direct action as ineffective or taboo, rejecting it in favour of operational collaboration with institutions and their internal structural reviews. This model of activism looks more and more out of step with the realities of the situation that we face.
Change one or two of the time specific references and you could run this piece in just about any left wing paper of the last 150 years.
Yet another teenager has read a bit of Marx, ties together class, capitalism, struggle, youth as the vanguard and print.
Put it in Spanish or Catalan and it\’s 1930\’s Spanish Republic. In Russian it\’s St Petersburg in 1917. In English any copy of the Socialist Worker ever published.
Is there a little factory somewhere that churns these people out?