unfortunately i will not be able to attend for reasons i will not bore anyone reading with.except to say that references to the participation of the elderly,families and those with disabilities are hopefully more than passing wishes.whilst i do not doubt the event will try to be partipant and community friendly,my doubts lie in the lack of hard information about these issues having read numerous websites.even more seriously,is the unpredictable attitude of those who will line up against us-the police and others who think they lord it over us.
but all the workers,students,young people and other participants will be in my thoughts and more.the best i can do is support those i know and write about it here and elsewhere.
the prediction from the news media is that it will be as big as the early mass demonstrations against the illegal war against the iraqi people now almost a decade ago.between 100,000-200,000 are estimated.tuc/trade union congress advice seems to be that london comrades and contingents should arrive to ease the strain on participants and the management of the demonstfration.i hope we can take that advice as helpful and at face value-and not to help in its containment.
i hope that numbers exceed qall hopes and expectations-a quarter of a million,half a million.for this is an occassion when five fingers make a fist.our numbers do not simplhy make us a crowd,an anonymous mass but they are just one sign of our strength,in which the total,whatever it is will be more than the sum of the parts.it is not just numbers,nor the union that makes us strong-though both are true.this is an opportunity for us to get aglimpse of ourselves sytanding up to our full height as individuals and as a class,to get an insight into our potential and our power,to begin to realise ourselves as a class and as fuller(er)human beings.by itself and indeed even with a lot more activity and change will not release us from our burdens as exploitedand oppressed people and class but it does open up the possibility.this is a moment when we can celebrate in beginning the fedstival of the oppressed.
and we should remember those who we follow in time,and those in struggle across the world.in addition,the world will not be restricted to those on the demonstration,for us,and those not,against;give a thought to those who for whatever reason cannot be there.some,indeed many will be keeping our neighbourhoods and communities going whilst others march.parents,carers,partners,spouses and others will have seen us off with breakfast,or something and will run our homes and care for our children or others in our temporary absence.or will host our ovefrnight stays,or drive us to the event,or will be servicing the event,some of them away from it,including the liberty lawyers,watching the police.
i do not advocate violence but ido hope that we can demonstrate to those who rule over us,that in our celebration of our cause,our lives,ourselves we do not need them,their rules or their laws.society is not simply class divided and riddled with other divisons they use to exploit us,but they have also more specifically broken gtheir promises and their contract with us.alongside our clebration,our carfnival our hopes,they should knoiw and feel our word blade sharp rage,and power.they should tremble and drawer back.we should put their system to the metaphorical torch,raise in to the ground-slash and burn.we should take the pieces that are worth keeping and rebuild a better way,more suited to human needs,no longer based on profit and greed.
against the cuts is a conservative demand,and for an alternative is rather vague.but i hope and suspect that defending the crumbs of society against cuts also propels us forward into realising we have deeper,legitimate needs and demands.and whilst they talk about their "mickey mouse"policies which they seem incapable of even thinking out properly,we who do the work anyway are perfectly capable of building something better ansd abolishing their crises.
if marx is right that socialism might be based on"from each according to their labour,to each according to their need"-a working definition of socialism-then we should make those who provoked and lie behind the crisis pay for it.this has nothing to do with greed or class envy though it might be a step towards class justice.in building communism we can them move to a society which fully deals with human need-from each according to their abilty,to each according to their need.
each journey,inclduing to a better world,starts with the first steps.forward march into a better future!