I wasn't sure where to post this. I realised recently that I'd been on more demos, marches and written more letters/signed petitions in the last 2 years or so than in the previous two decades. (I used to do a lot of activist stuff back in the reign of Thatcher.) So here we are again - the Torys, more austerity, more attacks on the NHS, the unemployed, the poor, the ill and the disabled. They are creating a deeply divisive society with ever increasing inequality between the 'haves and have nots' which sets everyone againgst each other. Its like being back in the gloom of 1980s - but much worse, with even less hope of any reprieve or change of govt policy. I keep hearing people say what the point of protest, it won't change anything - how do we combat that defeatism? Is anyone hopeful that this country can actually turn the tide and change for the better? What can we actually do? what orgasations, protests, stategies or philosophies offer any hope of a fightback? I realise that back the 80s I coped because: I thought there was every chance the Tory govt would fall, or be voted out next time There was a lot of organised opposition to Thatcherism - from trade unions, political parties, terrorist groups and lots of single issue groups. There was some idealised idea of rainbow coalition - that united the minorities could be the majority and win through to change things I was young - I had the energy to fight and hadn't had all the hope worn out of me. I beleived that you could win people over to your way of thinking by educating them one at a time. None of those things apply now except the last one - which would suggest a long slog indeed. I need ideas on how to face the struggle against the Torys and avoid depression and burnout.