I like Ellie’s writing a lot, and this article in particular. She doesn’t post often, but when she does the content is great! I think she’s in the People’s Republic of China at the moment. Over the last week I’ve been out campaigning with the Greens in the upcoming Norwich City Council elections, and I’ve enjoyed it a very much. Thinking about Going Green myself, as in joining the Green Party.
Old Commie habits die hard, though. Suspicion of any deviation from the royal road of democratic communism. Suspicion of anything that does not apply a marxist diagnostic to our politico-economic ills.
The Green Party is reformist and parliamentarist in its orientation and aspiration, but it has recognised the person/planet connection (personal evolution in awareness and the biosphere connection, for example ridding your life of non-recyclable plastics, many of which end up in a vast “plastics lake”, miles wide, in the Pacific Ocean, killing fish and poisoning sea mammals), and the importance of prefigurative politics, the future in the present.
The explicit reformism of the UK Green Party bothers me. It is for me an obstacle to joining the organization, rather than merely offering support in local campaigns. If a political project does not acknowledge that capitalism is the biggest obstacle to and enemy of environmental politics, and does not have a strategic perspective on its overthrow, then is it worth supporting at all?
Plus, and it is a real plus: the Green Party do not seem to suffer from the dogmatism, lack of self-awareness, incestuous behaviour, self-destructive posturing (the WRP are positively the worst for this, but I shall not tar most of the other groups with this brush), authoritarianism, fissiparity, and millenarian aspirations (SPGB!) of the numerous and vocal grouplets on the UK Far Left: Socialist Workers’ Party, Alliance for Workers’ Liberty, CPGB (ML), CPGB (one of the best grouplets), CPB, NCP, Socialist Party, Socialist Labour Party, Socialist Party of Great Britain (very endearing, but completely on another planet!), Revolutionary Communist Group, International Marxist Tendency, Workers’ Revolutionary Party and the beguiling A World to Win (http://www.aworldtowin.net).
You really wouldn’t know where to start, would you?
Unlike all the groups above, the Green Party have city councillors all over the country, an MP, and more than 10,000 members. The impossibilist and opportunist SWP are the next largest group, with about 4,000 members, and a high turnover.
Which speaks volumes about the political (in)capacity of the British Far Left, does it not?
So I haven’t joined…yet. Must talk to Derek Wall…he’s the nearest thing to a Green Commie I’ve come across. The Green Party has its own internal Left. I haven’t met them.
via Ellie’s Blog