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Corbyn Going Global – A New International Movement
By Keeping the Flame (M. Holmes) for LeftInsider
A spectre is haunting Europe – the sweaty, unshaven spectre of Steve Bannon.
The ideological godfather of the American alt-
One of Bannon's goals is to create an alliance of European political parties which share his toxic ideology. The aim will be to strengthen far-
In response to this, former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has called for Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party to form a new international movement to oppose the far-
Labour has a long history of being involved with international left-
Currently Labour is a fully-
Many of the parties are very cautious about challenging neoliberal policies at best, and outright committed to further privatisation at worst.
As a result, a considerable number have seen their share of the vote collapse, particularly in Europe. Frustrated voters who feel left-
As a result, the urgency for socialists to mobilize internationally has not been greater since 1945. Yet many of Europe's most established ‘socialist’ parties feel unable to break from the policies of inequality which are fueling this social unrest!
Until just a few years ago, Labour could be numbered among them. But the election of Jeremy Corbyn has changed that.
If Trump’s election disheartened left-
Indeed, Corbyn has international significance; here was a sign that left-
The time has come for a new, proactive and much more discerning international progressive moment to be formed. In an age of multinational corporations which can move operations across national borders and fascists which spread their creed through the internet, we need a fully coordinated global movement to oppose them at every turn.
And who better than the British Labour Party under Corbyn, a centre of resistance which has provided a model of policy development and campaigning strategy for socialists all over the world, to be the guiding star?
The movement should be based on active collaboration and joint working. Activists should receive education, training and advice on strategy development, tailored to their own national context. Governing parties should attempt to co-
At first, we will not find comfort in numbers; indeed, the number of fully-
Aside from Labour, there are a few groups who I think would be key players in a new socialist international movement that genuinely fought for the many and not the few.
Key Current Movements
Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) – Having been founded in the 1980s, the DSA was a minor group until the election of Donald Trump in 2016, when it exploded in size from approximately 6,000 members to 35,000 within the space of 12 months. Now approaching 50,000 members, it is the largest socialist group in America for over 100 years. A young group, with members averaging around 33 years of age, it has begun to make inroads in electoral politics and has the potential to shift the American Democratic Party far to the left of its current stance.
This would be in conjunction with the grassroots movement Our Revolution led by Bernie Sanders to transform the Democrats into a genuinely left-
Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (National Regeneration Movement (MORENA)) – The main party of the coalition which elected Andrés Manuel López Obrador as President of Mexico this year. Obrador is a friend of Corbyn and has advocated a tough left-
PODEMOS (We Can) – A Spanish party which was founded in 2014 after a series of anti-
Various factions within multiple European parties – Most of the historical socialist parties within Europe have collapsed due to their support for neoliberal policies. Only 5 of 28 EU countries are now governed by left-
Many activists within these parties have been inspired by the success of Labour under Corbyn and have formed their own Momentum-
Potential Future Allies
Parties which could have potential, but need to clarify their stances, include the following:
Die Linke (The Left) – the largest genuinely left party in Germany, Die Linke’s impressive growth in electoral success has stalled in recent years with the rise of the fascist Alternative for Germany party. As a result, their policies have started becoming tainted with anti-
New Zealand Labour Party – Much has been made of Jacinda Ardern’s recently elected Labour Party, and certain flashy initiatives and statements of hers have gained attention around the world. These include blaming neoliberalism for New Zealand’s failures and a wage freeze on the salaries of MPs, as well as commitments to ending child poverty, making university education free, and strongly improving the country’s environmental standards.
However, Labour is only in power thanks to an agreement with the right-
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party – The largest social democratic party in Spain, it was recently returned to power under Pedro Sanchez. At first glance, there are interesting parallels between Sanchez and Corbyn; both have survived coup attempts against their leadership and have promised to take their parties back in a left-
However, Sanchez’s beliefs have not been nearly as consistent as Corbyn’s, and he has been characterized as an empty vessel on whom one can project all shades of political belief. The party has also agreed to continue the tight budgets of the previous right-
Still, there is progress that can be made by his government; these include rolling back Spain’s increasing restrictions on freedom of speech and fighting back against the increasingly Trump-
This list is far from comprehensive, and I will look at potential international allies in future editions of this column.
At the dawn of the 20th century, when socialism was on the rise, the clarion call of the movement was “Workers of the world unite!” In the 21st century, that cry for international solidarity has never been more needed.
As well as our national mission to rid the country of this Tory government, we must never forget the international example we are setting. We have important obligations to the world as a strong democratic socialist movement trying to turn the tide in a world too often left without hope.