I was very glad to find this website after years of searching for a network of people with similar ideas to myself. My ideas on politics have always been very close to the work of Rosa Luxemburg. I'd like to run through some of these ideas as I've never been able to discuss them with like minded people before. Any critism would be welcomed.
Well firstly, I don't believe socialism can or even should come through parliament as the working class must emanciapate themselves. I also think a revolutionary party is necessary as it can bring together revolutionary socialists in order to give the movement a greater sense of direction. This party should be built on direct democracy and any centralism should be based upon a common desire to act in unison when needed. I think its very important that socialists operate the same level of democracy in the party as they would hope a system of worker's concils would have in a socialist society. When all is said and done, worker's democracy is absolutely essensial because without it there will be no socialism.
In Britain where I live, most revolutionary groups are either Trotskyist or anarchist which I find a little frustrating. I think there is room for all but I would like to see a Luxemburgist league or party in there somewhere. I think there are left communists within the Anarchist groups that hold some Luxemburgist ideas but I've never had contact with them. Most of my fellow militants in my union and locally are Trotskyists.
I share with Trotskyism a belief that work in the Trade unions is necessary but I would put more emphasis on rank and file struggle rather than winning leadership positions. Change needs to occur from the bottom up. I think a revolutionary that succeeds in becoming general secretary of a union with a reformist membership will find themselves in a pretty difficult position. I belong to the Industrial Workers of the World which is a revolutionary trade union commited to worker's management of industry. The IWW wishes to encourage and where possible organise militant workers within the trade unions and outside of them in sectors that the unions won't touch. The IWWs belief in growing the new society in the shell of the old fits in well with creating revolutionary socialism from the bottom up. I think that revolutionary unions should not support any particular party because this makes them more prone to splits. Also in a socialist society where I would hope that industry would be run by industrial unions of workers, It wouldn't be good to have any one party dominating them in a multi-party worker's council democracy. I do however think top-down trade unions should remain political if this is what their membership wants. They may even have a role in a socialist society at least for a while.
I think it is important to take part in parliamentary elections for the purpose of making propaganda. If a revolutionary socialist government was ever elected, its first duty would be to dissolve itself and leave power with the workers councils. I'm of course assuming that only a revolutionary situation which has already given rise to popular organs of workers power could ever lead to such a parlamentary election result. Again as with the trade unions the party should concentrate its attention on developing organs of workers power rather than chasing seats in Parliament. To help this members serving on the central executive of the party should not also be Members of Parliament or leaders of reformist trade unions.
The United front
I think that the united front is necessary at times. Especially when the movement is on the defensive. Again this is best achieved from below but a pact can be made between parties to put forward a socialist platform. A revolutionary party must however always remain independent and shouldn't hide their politics (especially their belief that parliament can't deliver socialism) or criticism of the reformist party. They shouldn't join a reformist government (no matter how socialist) as ministers as this would comprmise there independence and their electors sense of self-efficacy.
Well there is a few ideas. I'd like any feedback regarding them. Thankyou for spending time reading through some of my thoughts.