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London Chapter Meeting Minutes - 30 June 2015

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London Chapter Meeting - 30 June 2015


Theory Discussion:


Plan C


Plan Taxonomy:



  • Plan A: neoliberalism





  • Plan B: social democracy/Keynesianism





  • Plan B+: social democracy appealing to direct action and grassroots organisations (e.g. Podemos, Syriza and possibly UK Green Party)





  • Plan C: Radical politics




Social Strike:



  • cuts across economic sectors and appeals to the users (i.e. public)





  • 3 purposes of strike actions





  • disruption (of capitalism)





  • visibility (of workers' role in society)





  • socialism (i.e. a form of prefiguratism - working together; finding alternatives)





  • validity of strike action





  • to what effect does it affect the poor





  • generally rich can weather it out, but poor are disproportionately affected





  • strategic validity





  • needs to be seen as a tool and consequences balanced against prospective goals




Directional Demands:



  • similar to transitional demands (old Left terminology)




Activist Scene:


Radical Assembly (RA)




  • What does it offer that isn't already available through single issue campaigns (i.e. Radical Housing Network)?





  • radical education





  • umbrella goup (i.e. network)





  • framework that can act in times of public discontent





  • i.e. a form of organisational preparation that allows experimentation re: bottom-up democracy





  • Possible problems





  • dissipation for lack of focus





  • should rather focus on something first and build on this organisation that develops from focus




Language




  • needs to change





  • language should be more positive and accessible





  • must remember we are specialists; and therefore use specialised language not always understood by those not directly involved





  • however, politics affects all so it is imperative that people are involved and specialisms not be alienating (RB: similar to Aristotle's argument against oligarchy)





  • must explain jargon and terminology





  • must use more positive language




Action Points and Roles:




  • Facilitator: Alex





  • Minutes: David





  • Reading: 





  • either Alex (Keynesianism) or Rob (Abahlali baseMjondolo - South African shack dwellers democractic movement).





  • Social: Elephant and Castle occupation (David to confirm)





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