The tactics of Exit voting

This piece goes to the heart of the dilemma some anarchists are experiencing, which stems from the confusion between the balance of revolutionary opportunities, and the likely balance of political forces – the relative fortunes of parties and personalities. The latter is not something we should concern ourselves with. It’s all part of the ‘society of the spectacle’!

Ah, it appears to have been deleted.

lives; running

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For any readers missing the argument for a left exit vote in the coming referendum, here’s one I prepared earlier. In the EU’s rush to take austerity positions since 2008, the budget mechanisms of the EU have been reimagined and the Commission and the ECB have become devices for forcing cuts on the poorer European states. It is a condition of continued membership that budgets are submitted to the EU each year and there they are scrutinised to ensure a continuous process of cuts, privatisation and diminished collective bargaining. In Ireland, Greece and Spain, EU policies are leading to a rapid diminution of union bargaining, and if these are the worst affected, the direction of travel is the same all across the continent.

That said, while I can recognise that the left exit position can have a principled basis, it’s problem if anything is that it is too principled. I have yet to encounter a left exit argument which finds…

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