This is our truth, tell us yours
We were talking about the feminist movement today.
Or.more specifically, we were talking about the similarities between the feminist movement and the extra parliamentary left of my youth.
You could tell the size and influence of each extra parliamentary group by the degree to which it orientated on mainstream issues or on symbolic campaigns intended to win recruits within the left.
The Militant, for instance, treated the rest of the left with disdain, refusing to comment on them while retaining its orientation to their bizarre, but super-realistic set of transitional demands. The SWP similarly affected to wish to orient itself on the trades union movement and associated campaigns.
Symbolic campaigns were the stock in trade of the smaller left groups who wished to prove they were more left wing, and more pure in their views. The pinnacle of that leftist introversion was groupuscules like the RCG who devoted all their activity to the picket of the South African embassy in order to differentiate themselves from the rest.
Ask yourself what that tells you about people who put, say, images on banknotes at the centre of their activity.
I’m not going to tell you my conclusions. Draw your own.
I’ll suggest a few helpful words.
That’ll do for now.