Yesterday saw a large protest organised by the Labour-supporting People’s Assembly to “get the Tories out.” While the anarchist movement doesn’t tend to focus on party-based politics, autonomist-inspired Plan C called an Autonomous bloc for the day which saw libertarian-linked groups including Class War and Lover Activists get involved.
In a report back from the bloc, Plan C said today:
Our Autonomous Bloc took to the streets today as part of the #ToriesOut Demo. Between 70-100 Plan C members and friends formed a bright, energetic and fun bloc on the march. Spirits were high in general and people were quick to pick up our chants of “everything for everyone.” We gave out lots of leaflets, and spoke to lots of people, if you want to know more about us please get in touch.
As summer unfolds, and the Tory’s crisis deepens, it’s clear we need to double down on organising and supporting the struggles which are already happening, or soon to break out.
Solidarity without Limits – Everything for Everyone
Below, photographer Manos Simonides has kindly provided photos for a gallery of the day, which we’ve sprinkled with paragraphs from the original callout.
Over the last ten years we’ve marched a lot, mostly against the devastating effects of austerity and war. Marching has never worked on its own. Over the last few months people have campaigned for the Labour Party, winning seats and destabilising the government, but that doesn’t work on its own either. It’s not just that the demos need to get bigger or that we need to win more elections — it’s that if we want to bring about a better future we need tactics and ideas that go beyond marches and elections. We need to go further than parliamentary politics and not be afraid to build our own movements alongside the insurgency taking place in the Labour Party.
As well as knocking out the government, we need to knock out the system that creates the government: capitalism.
Capitalism is the brutalising system that values the profits of landlords over the lives of working class residents in tower blocks. It is the system currently bringing the NHS to crisis point — because making money is more important than our health. It’s the system that makes us spend our lives doing crap work we hate to make money for other people and leaves us questioning whether our pensions were worth all that effort. It’s the system that’s willing to destroy the ecological conditions for human life on earth if there’s money in it.
Since 2008 we’ve been living in a crisis. Nine years is a long time. It’s obvious by now that capitalism doesn’t have the answers. Everything is falling apart: schools, hospitals, the economy, the environment … everything. Capitalism’s only answer is more violence, more pain and more markets. Capitalism is a system of constant crisis. The Great Depression, the Oil Crisis, the Financial Crisis to name a few.
It’s a history of hopelessness and false promises for us and profit for them. Capitalism’s crisis tendency cannot be solved with more capitalism. We need an alternative system based on the democratic self-organisation of our class and the end of an economic system which puts the profits of the few against the needs of the many. It’s hard when it feels like our side has been losing for so long — but we need to dream and plan for a world in which we do more than administer capitalism in a nicer way.
Our choice is simple: We either take control of our society or we continue to be controlled by others.
This isn’t as farfetched as it sounds — every time we are faced with a state of emergency, with terror and violence, from Manchester, London Bridge or at Grenfell — it is people, working together to provide each other with housing, food, donations and care that shows us that self-organisation is not only possible but already happening.
Taking control begins with the knockout. We knock them out by hitting them again and again. One demo won’t ever be enough but it’s the beginning of a new wave of struggles that breaks open what is possible.