What we stand for
Socialist Resistance is an anti-capitalist political network that draws its politics from Marxism, and argues for internationalism, ecosocialism and feminism. The ideas of Karl Marx, 200 years after his birth, are still relevant. The Communist Manifesto is still an accurate description of class society today and a necessary passionate call for a revolution to “turn the world upside down”.
Poverty, exploitation and oppression and war are products of the capitalist system in which a tiny minority ruling class benefits from the labour of the majority. The alternative is socialism, where the wealth created is owned in common, the major assets such as industry and finance are socialised and there is democratic planning to meet the needs of society.
Capitalism is an international system, so the struggle for socialism must be international, uniting workers of all countries. The world economy is dominated by huge corporations, some bigger than many countries. So we need to organise across borders for action and solidarity. Socialists oppose imperialism – the subjugation of weaker nations by stronger ones —and support the self-determination of oppressed nations and the struggle for national liberation.
Liberation for the oppressed
Capitalism divides working class people along sexual, gender, racial, national and other distinctions; the specially oppressed suffer most. The most effective way to fight back is for those who directly experience discrimination to organise and lead their own struggles.
Much has been achieved but not liberation. There can be no liberation without socialism, no socialism without liberation of the oppressed
Socialists support feminists in their fight for reproductive rights, for equal pay, against patriarchy, and for LGBT+ rights. We stand in solidarity with our trans sisters and brothers currently experiencing the sharp end of a backlash against their right to exist.
We are against racism from the state and in any other form, against immigration controls and borders, and support the struggle for migrant rights. We are for the creation of a society without barriers that exclude those with mental or physical impairments
The labour movement and socialists must champion these struggles as their own.
Socialist Resistance calls itself ecosocialist because unless we solve the environmental crisis, none of the other changes we are working for will be possible. And it is the poor, the working class and people in the Global South who pay for the environmental disaster and climate crisis. The ruling class will carry on destroying the environment to make profits. The Paris COP21 agreement must be implemented to prevent catastrophic climate change. We need to challenge the growth-based and consumption-driven system of capitalism. This means changing the system – not the climate.
For a Labour government
The election of Corbyn as Labour leader shows there is a thirst for a left political alternative. Labour’s 2017 manifesto, For the Many Not the Few, has many policies which would make a real difference for the working class and the poor. That’s why Socialist Resistance supports the election of a Corbyn-led Labour government.
The fight is still on to make Labour a fully democratic and campaigning party. We need to stand firm against the right wing in the party and outside. It is totally opposed to the new leadership and will do anything to bring it down.
The election of a Corbyn government would give confidence and hope that deep change is possible, but it would also need a massive movement to defend its radical perspectives. The ruling class will only be forced give up their power and wealth through mass struggles by workers and the oppressed which “turn the world upside down”.
We run a website, publish books and organise local meetings and national events. We collaborate with the Fourth International, a worldwide socialist organisation.
Socialist Resistance works with others on the left in campaigns against austerity and war, making refugees welcome, against racism and fascism, defending public services, education and housing and the NHS. We are in favour of independence for Scotland. We support a united Ireland.
We work in the Labour Party to support Jeremy Corbyn and to argue for Labour to break decisively with neoliberalism and shift power and wealth to the working class and the poor.
We called for a vote to “remain” in the EU, not because it is a more progressive form of capitalism, but because Brexit opened the door to xenophobia and the far right.
Join Socialist Resistance to help build the movement against capitalism and for socialism and democracy to meet the needs of people and save the planet.