“The old world is dying and the new world is struggling to be born, now is the time of monsters”. Thus wrote Antonio Gramsci, Italian Marxist and leading member of the Italian Communist Party in the 1930’s and yet these words could not have remained more prescient today.
Upon the Imperial Throne of the United States Presidency sits a man who personifies the merger of the capitalist state with the capitalist class interests so completely that accusations of conflict of interests seem to bounce off him. Official Centre ground Neo-Liberalism (the guiding ideology of the wing of the ruling class in power for the past 30 years) is in chaos unable to provide a lead to society anymore, best personified by the crisis of the British Conservative Party leadership. Meanwhile, Right-wing reactionary movements are rising in Europe with Le Penne in France, the Austria Freedom Party and the Alternative for Deutschland gaining significant and worrying electoral victories.
And yet, there is hope. Once more a spectre is haunting the old ruling classes of the Europe. The Spectre of the workers’ movement (long dormant or regarded as fringe to power politics) has raised its head and begun articulating its demands to its birthright. It has suffered defeats but this has failed to quench the masses’ desire for a new society. The idea of transforming our society has gained ground, even in what for the past two decades had come to be seen as the stable heartlands of capitalism; in the United Kingdom with a Corbynista Labour Party and in France with Melenchon’s candidacy for the presidency. National independence struggles have been launched once again across Europe and are gaining ground in Catalonia and Scotland.
Further afield, the Bolivarian movement in Venezuela faces existential questions as to how it will proceed from its current impasse. In the middle east, the Syrian Democratic Federation faces the questions of societal construction after the destruction of its primary enemy; the Reactionary Cancer of ISIS.
It is with this in mind that we choose this day, marking one hundred years since the seizure of power by the soviet of workers and soldiers deputies of Petrograd, to launch a voice in this resurgent movement. A space to discuss the questions facing our resurgent movement. How shall we move forward? In the words of a man whose picture adorns many a digital wall and stream today ‘What is to be done?’