every man and every woman is a star
I spent the day watching XR court cases. No one from XR was there. Not much concern about member welfare I could see.A few comments on the article :
- Underlying the whole article is why didn't XR ask me about their strategy as I'm an academic whose written books. I found this irritating.
- On the "tyranny of structurelessness " he is right.
- That XR is just a southern England based organisaton is just wrong.
- There is now more debate. See posts about XR Scotland which openly criticise leading lights of XR.
On his discussion of SWP. That XR could become like a sectarian organisation. The Only Way is XR. I do think there is something in that.
- On XR attitude to police showing that they don't understand the nature of the state I think he is wrong. XR official line is that so called parliamentary democracy is in hock to big vested interests. Why the call for mass civil disobedience. So XR do see the present State as a problem. My talks with XR on the ground is that they don't want to blame individual police who are just ordinary people caught in the crossfire so to speak. This still is questionable. But XR do have a criticism of the State. ( Though rank and file XR don't always get this I think. They think XR is like a pressure group. As one said to me she wants to get a message through to Boris).
Well I know SWP in my area. The SWP is quite strong but has members who been in it a long time. So not everyone burns out.
I'm involved in a couple of community campaigns. Which can grind one down. A friend gave up on that and joined XR as it seemed more like doing something.
I also think that XR , unlike SWP, do try to care about the member welfare. I've seen well being tents at XR demos. Not something the hard left does.
So whilst the writer of the article is right about some things I think this is a harsh outsiders view.
The writer of the article is an academic who luckily can combine being an academic with activism.
I personally would like to see the word activist ditched.
Most people who are socially concerned and do a bit ( I include myself in that) aren't full time activists. Unlike the writer of the article most people aren't going to be able to do that.