Socialist Worker

Trotsky was right - we need a revolution

Issue No. 2517

Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson (pic: flickr/Steve Eason) - and who is that behind him? (pic: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration)

Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson (pic: flickr/Steve Eason) - and who is that behind him? (pic: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration)


Tom Watson’s dossier on “Trotsky entryists” into the Labour Party has been used as an attack on the whole left.

The Labour right is terrified of the support for Corbyn, because it shows a significant minority in society is shifting leftwards.

Many of Corbyn’s supporters know that capitalism is rotten and they want to change it.

Socialist Worker is proud to stand in the socialist tradition of Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky.

He also believed we have to fundamentally change society—and that working class people have the power to do it.

Writing in 1931, Trotsky said that capitalism was “tobogganing towards disaster with its eyes closed”.

The situation today isn’t exactly the same as the one in the 1930s. But our society is defined by capitalist crisis, rocketing inequality and brutal imperialist wars.

The threat of catastrophic climate change rams home the need for a fundamental break.

That’s why there’s a revolt taking place against those at the top of society in many parts of the world. In Britain much of that mood has gathered around support for Corbyn.

Socialist Worker is on the side of everyone who is fighting back. We will struggle alongside others who want to take on the rich, stop police killings, and end all forms of oppression.

That’s why we work with members of Labour such as those in left group Momentum.

We don’t think that the central task of the movement is to elect Labour

We’ll march together against the Tories’ conference in Birmingham on Sunday 2 October and build solidarity for the junior doctors if they return to the picket lines.

But the Socialist Workers Party is not in the Labour Party, and we don’t hide our revolutionary politics. Our focus for winning socialist change isn’t parliament or elections.

Our revolutionary socialism is about the working class taking power into its own hands—and running society.

As Trotsky argued, a revolution is the “entrance of the masses into the realm of rulership over their own destiny”.

That’s why we emphasise workers’ struggle and build support for strikes and protests.

When workers fight together they realise their power, and there’s less space for reactionary ideas that divide us.

We want to defend Corbyn and believe that building the movement outside parliament is the best way to do that.

But we don’t think that the central task of the movement is to elect a Labour government.

Struggle in workplaces and on the streets can be the start of something bigger—and go much further.

A mass movement of working class people has the power to transform society and build socialism from the bottom up.


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