Labour Party Marxist Call for People’s Militias on Labour’s Agenda?
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.
Labour Party Marxists, “Refound Labour as a real party of labour” says, “Comrades, this is a call to arms!”
The “coup” may have failed this time, but as the People’s Assembly and Seamus Milne’s defence against the attempted Tory ‘coup’ last year showed, only a “people’s militia’ solidly based on the working class can defeat our enemies.
The latest issue of the Weekly Worker – a paper backed by supporters of Labour Party Marxists, carried this important statement, “Eddie Ford does not want British armed forces ‘fit’ for fighting a world war – instead they should be replaced by a people’s militia.”
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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