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Labour Party Marxist Call for People’s Militias on Labour’s Agenda?

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Organise People’s Militia on a Big Scale, Says Labour Party Marxist.

As the Socialist Party instructs the Labour Party to deselect 172 Labour MPs, and campaigns for “a new mass workers’ party that can draw together workers, environmental and community campaigners, anti-capitalist, anti-war and other protesters to represent and fight for the interests of ordinary people” more radical forces are gathering.


Communists do not want such an army to be “fit” for war or anything else – we want it to be scrapped and replaced with a universal people’s militia. We should not spend our time envisaging a land war between Britain and Russia, but rather a people’s defence against counterrevolution, whether internally or externally – the main emphasis being on the internal. A democratic defence policy that guards the people, not the ruling classes and their property.

The position of the Weekly Worker/Labour Party Marxists demonstrates the ‘actuality of the militia’, as outlined in L’Armée nouvelle by Jean Jaurès (1911, re-issued in 1915) which called for universal military training in France to replace the old ‘caste’ of officers and professionals.

One can see that, like Podemos, which has many admirers on the left, Jaurès went straight against the ‘casta’.

Lenin pointed out in 1905 (The Armed Forces and the Revolution)

The experience of Western Europe has shown how utterly reactionary the standing army is. Military science has   proved that a people’s militia is quite practicable, that it can rise to the military tasks presented by a war both of defence and of attack. Let the hypocritical or the sentimental bourgeoisie dream of disarmament. So long as there are oppressed and exploited people in the world, we must strive, not for disarmament, but for the arming of the whole people. It alone will fully safeguard liberty. It alone will completely overthrow reaction. Only when this change has been effected will the millions of toilers, and not a mere handful of exploiters, enjoy real liberty.

As Revolution approaches in Britain it is imperative that Lenin’s 1917 words in the April Theses (The Tasks of the Proletariat in the Present Revolution) be heeded,

..the standing army to be replaced by the arming of the whole people.

No issue could be more pressing……..

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  1. Of course, weaponry has advanced by leaps and bounds since 1905. Is the people’s militia to have machine guns, tanks, fighter planes? The LPM/Weekly Worker comrades never make this clear.

    Winning over the rank and file of the armed forces beforehand is of course a necessity for making a real revolution but in 2016 the “people’s militia” idea strikes me as one of those “transitional demands” that’s supposed to be possible under capitalism but isn’t.

    Better to call for the standing army to have political and trade union rights. That might actually be achievable given sufficient political will.


    September 25, 2016 at 1:53 pm

  2. Looks suspiciously close to the national patriotic programme of L’Armée nouvelle by Jean Jaurès, some might say, were they steel-hardened AK47 cadres.

    Andrew Coates

    September 25, 2016 at 3:50 pm

  3. What on earth do you expect from the Chamberlain Party of Great Britain and its absurd front organisations? Sanity?


    September 25, 2016 at 9:48 pm

  4. I await Labour Party Marxist’s – for he will surely provide this – Esperanto paper on the subject.

    Andrew Coates

    September 26, 2016 at 11:44 am

  5. Workers’ Spatula is becoming increasingly unnecessary.


    September 26, 2016 at 3:51 pm

  6. Andrew Coates

    September 26, 2016 at 5:27 pm

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