Is there a factory somewhere, producing these things?

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?

6 thoughts on “Is there a factory somewhere, producing these things?”

  1. “Is there a little factory somewhere that churns these people out?”

    The Politics Departments of every university I’ve ever attended, but because there’s a good degree of self-selection involved, that probably just explains where to find concentrations, but not where they originally got their cluelessn … errr … ideas.

  2. “Is there a little factory somewhere that churns these people out?”

    Yes and it runs at a substantial profit to the proletariat (although an actual financial loss to the primary supporters of the Beloved Comrade Lavrentiy Pavlovich Beria Memorial Trust, Mr. and Mrs. P. Aardvark of Islington, London).

    According to their Editor-in-Equality, Ms. Tina Trot “The production of proletarian sound bites to modern ‘right thinking’ collectivists is not undertaken for such capitalist and exploitative purposes such as financial gain, but rather to secure for the workers by hand or by brain the full fruits of their industry and the most equitable distribution thereof that may be possible upon the basis of the common ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange, and the best obtainable system of popular administration and control of each industry or service.”

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