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Psychedelic Bolshevik.

This important letter, in the latest Weekly Worker, amongst many others from esteemed figures in the workers’ movement, such as Steve Freeman (League Against the Corn Laws) , and less esteemed figures, such as the  anti-‘Zionist’  and anti-International ‘Jewish’ bourgeoisie, Gerry Downing,  caught our attention,


….we’re living through an election campaign where increasingly the act of thinking has been banned. Even when Corbyn expresses a desire to deal with poverty he is treated as if he has started a George Galloway on Big brother tribute act. The look in the journalists’ eyes seems to suggest the substance of his campaign has been to lap milk out of John McDonnell’s pocket. Words are never neutral and we have become trapped in a whirl of concepts that only serve to mask reality. Middle England is a cage on British politics – nothing but the wet dream of centrists.

Defending Corbyn is a defence of the simplest of all ideas – the idea things could actually be different. This seems banal, but in a world where it is recommended that anyone mentioning taxing the rich should be sent to have their brain bleached with liquid aspiration, and any mention of Marxism is cause for a lobotomy, it seems the only way forward.

But at the same time sowing any illusions in left reformism is a road to despondency, so the idea of a ‘critical vote’ for Labour needs serious consideration. That is why the Psychedelic Bolsheviks will be spraying the walls of Sheffield with posters declaring: “It’s better to rub dog shit in your carpet than rub dog shit in your eye”. Corbyn should don his catsuit and endlessly move his bins, because this is a clear sign of his humanity.

We will be making a poetry-heavy defence of thinking on June 17 with our second annual day school from 12 noon onwards in Norfolk Park, Sheffield – six meetings over one long picnic in the park. We will consider CLR James, the migrant crisis, situationism v surrealism, the election, organisation and spontaneity in the wake of 1917 – all rounded off with some sweet, improvised music.

Psychedelic Bolsheviks

Apparently they have a web site,

Comrade Ronksley of Sheffield Trades Council,

You think that meeting Picaso at Sheffield Fucking Train Station for the 2nd world peace conference gives you the right to have a 4min youtube video… well maybe it does, but who the fuck is Tim Newton and why are they obsessed with you, Art Party and The Human Factor? And while we are on Picaso was it an honour or was he just a self-righteous, wannabe radical? Have you seen this speech, it says nothing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ya7jkFrvc7k. Of course you’ve seen it you were there.

Picture of a Dove how cliché!

I have been unreliably informed that you believe Sheffield’s trade council is “on it’s arse” and so it is not necessary for us to inform you that this is indeed the case. Your inability to adapt to the victory of the ruling classes neo-liberal ideology, has gutted Sheffield Trades council of any real clout leaving it in the same dead end cul-de-sac the rest of the left is in.

The new left movement can not be born out of the broken fractures of the current left, it must be born out of new resistance while aiming to learn from the mistakes of the old. To put it another way, we refuse to fuck-up in the same way you did, we will find our own way to fuck up.

Having said this we wish to affiliate to Sheffield Trades Council. So allow me to introduce ourselves. We are the Psychedelic Bolsheviks (PB), we believe in classless society, and that abolishment of class must be an act of the working class, we believe that the left has failed to take the link between culture, art and politics seriously, we dream of a society where drugs will be used not as a form of escapism but for pleasure and/or spirituality alone and we believe in WHALES, one of which is called Trollidarity (to troll in solidarity).

We believe that those who do not appreciate (but not necessarily enjoy) Jazz are some of the most backward and reactionary elements of the class, so fuck them.

To conclude, we the Psychedelic Bolshevik (PB) are a historical materialist, pro choice , anti-zionist , ultra – left sympathizing  class conscious organisation of wreck heads.

We believe that our affiliation to the trades council will be beneficial for both parties, we can bring a fresh, if often irrelevant, perspective to a dying organisation. You can provide us with lessons you have learnt from all your fucking mistakes. And together we can end our collective sobriety, and temporarily escape (if you wish of course, this part is not compulsory we understand there a multitude of reasons why people may chose to remain sober, and we respect those).

I hope you have a lovely birthday on the 7th of May.


Mushroom Watcher of the Psychedelic Bolsheviks (MW-PB)


Written by Andrew Coates

May 21, 2017 at 11:44 am

6 Responses

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  1. It’s bloody difficult to tell what (if anything) is intended as satire in the Weekly Worker these days. I personally find a character they call “Tony Greenstein” quite hilarious.

    Jim Denham

    May 21, 2017 at 5:18 pm

  2. I’ve long suspected that the policy of the letters column in the WW is to make the Chamberlain Party of GB seem relatively sane and normal in comparison. Happily for them, there are quite enough off-the-wall characters out there more than willing to oblige. I suppose if the supply dries up, they could always concoct correspondence from mad groupings of their own invention.


    May 22, 2017 at 1:15 pm

  3. Sadly Steve Freeman and Downing actually exist, as does the Monster Raving Greenstein Party.

    Despite baiting and overt provocation on Facebook, the Letters Editor of the WW has not responded to our requests about verifying the reality of the the Psychedelic Bolsheviks

    Andrew Coates

    May 22, 2017 at 1:53 pm

  4. Having looked a bit more at the Psychedelic Bolsheviks’ blog, I’ve revised my opinion somewhat. They are considerably saner than the Chamberlain Party and possibly many of the rest of us too. Their report on an anti-UKIP counter-demo ( https://psychedelicbolshevik.wordpress.com/report-on-opposing-ukip-in-sheffield-city-centre-by-mushroom-watcher-and-time-dinier/ ) seems genuinely insightful, and the slogans they propose for future occasions are spot on:

    “Mild Inconvenience,
    Mild Inconvenience,
    We are here to
    Mildly Inconvenience you”

    “We hate the EU,
    But not as much as we hate you”

    “we don’t know what to do,
    we don’t know what to do,
    we don’t know what to do-o,
    we don’t know what to do-oo-o


    We know that we hate you
    we know that we hate you
    we know that we hate you-u
    we know that we hate you-uuuu


    We don’t know what to do


    May 22, 2017 at 4:29 pm

  5. The Psych. Bolshies are just reconstituted Trots with a lava lamp. Everything boils down to a crisis of leadership for the proletariat. ‘YOU SEEK A NEW MASTER, YOU WILL FIND HIM!’


    May 22, 2017 at 7:04 pm

  6. I note the presense of left leader of the Communism 101Faceebook blog, Adele Cain, in the comments to a few posts — a group which calls itself the largest left Facebook page in existance (over 1 mmmiillllliiiooooonnnn COMPLETELY GENUINE FOLLOWERS!!). Also, word is their ex-leader is now peddling a web robot to SMEs. Gentlemen, we are through the looking glass.

    Laylith 2.0

    June 11, 2017 at 10:31 pm

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