CRITICAL- MASS. NET
(A site for non-sectarian anti-capitalist activists and free-radicals.)
Within the evolving 21st century capitalist crisis a fundamental factor is absent. Missing is a ‘critical mass’ of activists who embrace and pursue a non-sectarian, anti-capitalist theory and practice. That particular 19th century tradition of anti-capitalist radicals who are free of sectarian and elitist posturing has all but disappeared, leaving only a splintered and internecine residue – offering little that is positive to those newly engaged in global anti-capitalist activism. Following the economic crisis of 2008, a number of revolutionary anti-capitalist groups have openly declared themselves as being opposed to sectarianism. Yet typically most have failed to recognise the extent of the characteristics of sectarianism and thus the gap between such rhetoric and the reality of their practices remains as wide as ever.
Ten of these characteristics are contained in the article ‘Sectarianism and the question of the General Strike’ on this blog. These allow the symptom of sectarianism to be identified and together with the following principles offer a basis which would create a foundation for those who genuinely and seriously wish to overcome this sterile sectarian anti-capitalist tradition.
1. Opposition to capitalism in all its economic, social and political forms.
2. Opposition to sectarianism and dogmatism.
3. Opposition to polemical distortion in disagreements.
4. Opposition to disrespect, sarcasm and intimidation.
5. For, sharing of information and understanding, including joint tactical discussions.
6. A refusal to allow theoretical differences to impede or prevent joint action.
The title of the site (borrowed from physics) has therefore been chosen as a metaphor to represent two things. First, the need for an all-round, rigorous criticism of the mass of problems now facing humanity. Second, the need to develop a ‘critical mass’ of collaborative activists who aspire to facilitate an eventual ’chain reaction‘ against the present global system of capitalism.
This site will, therefore, seek to become a clearing house for the exchange and promotion of non-sectarian anti-capitalist ideas and practice and also a reference point for those who wish to consider, develop and propose analytical or theoretical insights which are intended as tools for those opposing the capitalist system as a whole.
Accordingly, there will be two aspects to the work of the site. One section will contain short articles of immediate topical relevance to the struggle against the present global system. A separate section will contain longer, more considered, presentations. The latter, a more theoretical section, will include critical (and self-critical) evaluations of past and present anti-capitalist theories, positions and actions.
This then is the intention, but of course it will take some time to be fully operational. Any suggestions and observations, therefore, will be welcome and can take the form of comments to the various posts or directly by email to the current editor firstname.lastname@example.org.
All posts may be reproduced in full provided the author is acknowledged and a link to this site accompanies the article. Precis and extracts by negotiation.
A copy of the book ‘Revolutionary-Humanism and the Anti-Capitalist Struggle’ (with some diagrams missing) can be viewed at