Last Friday several hundred demonstrators in the City of London grabbed headlines in Britain and around the world.
Their protest against bailing out the bankers made an impact much greater than the actual numbers involved.
A day later 300,000 took to the streets of Rome in protest at the right wing government of Silvio Berlusconi – three or four times the numbers expected. The march was called by the radical left party, Rifondazione Comunista.
When the head of the International Monetary Fund warns that financial chaos is leading to a “systemic meltdown” we need to say capitalism is the problem and argue for a system based on production for need not profit – socialism.
But the left has to be more than a commentator on the economic crisis. We need to be taking to the streets and organising resistance in our workplaces, schools, colleges and communities.
We need to fight for a response in our unions and organisations – but we also need to be prepared to take a lead.