Plan A = austerity
- Austerity is the same policies as neoliberalism (cf. War on Want talk)
- Deregulation meant banks could give out more credit to the Global North. This covered for the fact that wages were staying still or falling… for at least a bit.
- Long struggles in the Global North and Global South left few ‘safe bets’ for investment other than housing. When housing stopped giving good returns… crisis.
Plan B = “saving” the economy
- Government intervention in markets to increase demand and create jobs.
- All plans (from Green New Deal to VAT reduction) still centre on profit logic, competition for scarce jobs, etc.
- The New Deal came about because of the labour organisation at the time, nor directly repeatable without a similar level of organisation (and also it was built around exploitation of Global South resources, women etc.)
Plan C = the way forward
- People are dissatisfied with old political movements because they’re no longer structured to make political gains…
- …so there is a need for any organisation that wants to be successful to devise proper strategies and plans to make austerity (a) costly (b) impossible
- Proper planning really lacking on the radical left. Plans should be concrete, achievable, flexible plans.
- In times of austerity, it’s even more important to address the societal rifts that capitalism creates (race, class, gender). It’s not as simple as just shouting slogans to “unite!”
- There’s not a single strategy to move forward. Multiple strategies.
- Create antagonistic alternatives, not just mini-utopias – go after the state and appropriate its infrastructure.
- Should critique what counts as politics e.g. a creche for October 20th, can’t do politics on the street without considering child-care.
- Does the group you’re in have a chance of winning? If not, what group would?
- A single-issue campaign, no matter how intersectional its analysis, still isn’t enough on its own. Needs good linking up between a wide variety of groups.
- Fears raised about how running public services may play into the Big Society. Solutions: (a) no-one cares about the Big Society, so don’t worry (b) as long as you keep apart from the state terms e.g. commodification and marketisation.
About Plan C
- Membership is based in activity, no forms
- Experimenting with non-standard organisational form
- Not a vanguard!