Brixton, Zurich, Amsterdam, Berlin: The spectre of social revolt

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Brixton, Zurich, Amsterdam, Berlin: The spectre of social revolt
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Brixton, etc: the spectre of social revolt

I'm pleased to see this article reproduced and as it says, it is much more than a historical position and beyond that a defence of part of the history of the workers' movement. I was a bit concerned during the discussions around the uprisings around the Middle East and the Maghreb (whatever the subsequent traps and pitfalls they more or less all fell into) that a position was being expressed in WR that said that non-proletarians and certain categories (religious in this case) couldn't be part of a struggle against capitalism. This position wasn't clearly expressed but there was certainly a tendency to conciliate with it - to meet it and accomodate it in some way.

So this conncection with the social movements of the 1980s shows the importance of social revolt, and the dangers of it, to the class struggle and not least from the question of unemployment - the  main question - and youth unemployment in particular. In the two regions mentioned above, again whatever the subsequent weaknesses, this fundamental struggle against unemployment and no future, went hand in hand with a struggle against fear and repression. And though away from the point of production at its best we see the expression of a focus that compliments that of the point of production - the street, the square, the public place. And this phenomenon hasn't just been confined to the regions mentioned but has gained ground in the heartlands of capital and shows us how social revolt, rather than being rejected or downplayed as "non-proletarian", can be a positive factor of unification overall.