The Socialist International – The Saviours of the Proletariat?

At a glance, there are few (if any) members of the Socialist International that truly represent the possibility of significant, radical change. Its members include parties which are happy with privatisation and are effectively counter-revolutionary in nature.


It seems that this is a body of political parties scared of or unwilling to seek profound change. They play into the hands of the bourgeois democratic systems present in the world by trying to convince insufficiently educated voters that they represent their best interests but will not do anything too radical. This is almost certainly a school of thought intensified by the experiences of Stalinism and the bureaucratic states modelled on the Soviet experience.


Bourgeois democracies, whose voters are influenced by the corporate media and largely counter-revolutionary educational systems, are unlikely to give birth to real, fundamental transformations. Voters do not wish to risk their fragile living situations by voting for something scary and unfamiliar. Instead, they often go back and forth between different shades of grey, seeing few significant changes.


Are the members of the Socialist International not just another shade of grey in the global ‘democratic’ systems? Are they really the only real hope of the world’s workers? Are they the only ones who can bring about lasting peace and justice?


Although I encourage people to study the issues and reflect for themselves, my answer would be no.


Real change will depend on workers understanding what their genuine socio-economic interests are. It will depend on a significant shift in consciousness, which will only come from independent and critical mass education. Bourgeois political parties will almost certainly continue to lecture from on high, playing a messiah role, while large sectors of the proletariat remain unaware that the true power lies in their own hands (and minds) – and that only when they take direct control of their own government, and the means of production, will things truly change.



About Ed Sykes

Independent journalist. Co-founder of Phoenix Media Co-operative. Author of Rojava: An Alternative. Ex-Canary editor and writer (2015-2020). Aka 'Oso Sabio' - see @ososabiouk on Twitter.
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