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(en) Britain, Liverpool Solidarity Federation, Wildcat July - August 2010

Date Thu, 16 Dec 2010 12:41:42 +0200

Liverpool: The front line in Cameron’s “Big Society” class war ---- Prime Minister David Cameron recently came to Liverpool to unveil his “Big Society.” -- The promise is to build a culture “where people, in their everyday lives, in their homes, in their neighbourhoods, in their workplace … feel both free and powerful enough to help hemselves and their own communities.” -- If this were the case, Liverpool SolFed would be over the moon. Locally based self-organisation, after all, is the basis of anarcho-syndicalism. -- But that’s not what Cameron’s offering at all. This “people power” is being managed from the top-down, not the bottom-up, and the real agenda is privatisation. -- That’s why “government has a crucial role to play in bridging the gap – and indeed, more widely, in connecting private capital to nvestment in social projects.”

The Big Society will “help finance social enterprises, charities and voluntary groups through intermediaries,” allowing them to “leverage” private sector “investment.”

The government isn’t freeing us from hierarchy and control,
simply replacing state shackles with private ones.
Where ordinary, working class people need it, there will be no
autonomy. We have no say on the state axing health authority
jobs, slashing school funding, and laying waste to public services.
The government is increasingly using the rhetoric of the
libertarian left to sell its ideas, which in reality come from the
right.The Tories’ plans for “free schools” bears no resemblance to
the curriculum of Summerhill School or to the vision of Spanish
anarchist Francesco Ferrer.
For them, it is governors and private owners who need freedom,
not the children being educated. We saw the consequences of this
in Tony Blair’s Academies and the rise of creationist indoctrination.
Their plans for “workers’ cooperatives” in the civil service had
nothing to do with collectivisation and democratic self-control. The
agenda there is to turn workers against one another – competition
for work between different “cooperatives” driving a race to the
bottom which opens services up to private buyers at low prices, all
in the name of workers’ control.
Like these two initiatives, the “Big Society” isn’t a road to
increased freedom. It certainly isn’t democratic self-organisation
from below. It is a veil for predatory capitalism to hide behind as it
attacks the working class.
If we want to challenge that, we need to draw upon the
substance lacking from Cameron’s hollow words. We need to build
up a culture of self-management from below, and challenge
attempts by government and capital to control our lives.
In the community and the workplace, the key to this is militancy
and direct action.
don't complain!
get organised &
fight back!
Liverpool’s working class is grounded in this tradition. From the
1775 Seamen’s Revolt and the 1911 Transport Strike to the Poll
Tax Rebellion and the Toxteth Uprising, ours is a history of
resistance. This is the spirit we need to call upon as the ruling class
unleash their attacks.
The most powerful weapon against the Big Society is working
class solidarity.


Remembering Liverpool's Bloody Sunday

In August 1911 Liverpool was in the grip of widespread industrial action. On August
13th, thousands of workers and their families gathered on St George's Plateau to hear
speakers including the renowned trade union leader, Tom Mann. At around 4pm, and
without warning, the police brutally attacked the demonstrators, injuring dozens.
Fighting broken out for several days between workers and the authorities. We believe
the event should be remembered not only as part of Liverpool's history, but as part of
working-class history too.
To find out more, visit: libcom.org/history/1911-liverpool-general-transport-strike


Liverpool fans intensify campaign against club owners

Liverpool SolFed members recently went along to a mass meeting
organised by the Spirit of Shankly (SoS) Liverpool FC supporters'
union outside St George's Hall.
Several thousand Liverpool fans attended to demonstrate their
opposition to the club's current owners and hear about SoS'
proposal for supporter-ownership of the club.

Our members handed out a special edition of our newsletter
Wildcat supporting efforts aimed at bring LFC (and other football
clubs) under the direct control of fans, and calling for a campaign
of direct action against parasitic club owners.
A Liverpool SolFed member who is also active in SoS attended
the rally. She said: "It was a very good event, with some great
speeches and good music and singing in between. At one point
there must have been over 5,000 people there, and it felt
fantastic to be part of such a mass of supporters. The day was all
about the fight against Liverpool's owners, and the steps we will
take to take control of our club."

Spirit of Shankly
Not a Penny More - Direct Action to Save Liverpool FC


Crosby: Another clone town?

Plans to build a multi-millionaire pound Sainsbury's superstore on Moor Lane in
Crosby have met with growing anger locally.
A music festival on Saturday 31st July in Crosby Village hopes to raise
awareness and support in a bid to maintain local heritage. The supermarket
chain, which already has a considerable presence in the town, submitted plans
earlier this year for the 50,000 sq foot development.
If given the green light, the expansion would mean the closure of many local
shops that have been a vital part of the local economy for many years.
A Solfed member who lives in nearby Waterloo said: "The Village has always
been an ideal location for community based activities such as charity runs, music
festivals and continental markets. Allowing Sainsbury's expansion plans to go
unchallenged would jeopardise community activities and diversity, turning Crosby
into another clone town."

Read The case for direct action against
Sainsbury’s in Crosby on our website:

Freedom, solidarity & working-class self-organisation!

Working-Class History
August 30th 1775

Liverpool Seamen's Revolt, 1,000
sailors bombard Town hall with the
ship's cannon

Stuff Your Boss
does not want you to know
A quick guide to your rights at work
- by workers - for workers -

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WILDCAT! is printed and distributed by the Liverpool local branch of Solidarity Federation, the British section of the anarcho-syndicalist International Workers' Association. We are a group based on the idea that through solidarity and direct action,
working-class people have the power to take control of our lives.

Local website: liverpoolsolfed.wordpress.com | National website: solfed.org.uk |
International website: iwa-ait.org |
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