One problem with the British “Left” is that many - socialists, trade unionists, even communists - believe Britain can have an isolated economic revolution. That we can be a socialist haven restricted to our shores.

For many reasons, British leftists are not internationalists 1/
Many dismiss misogyny and racism as bourgeois “distractions” intended to divide, distract and conquer while we fail to deal with the ultimate social division - class.

Whilst they’re right in that class is a powerful social division, they fundamentally misunderstand 2/
The extent to which racism and sexism shape our societies and have always done do. So many port cities in this country, Southampton, Liverpool, Bristol - would be nowhere without the unfathomable wealth generated by the enslavement and trade of human beings 2/
The Labour and associates cheap (if any, for such a long time) costs of Women in the workforce was capitalised upon for centuries and arguably still is if you look at the gender pay gap and more. How can we dismiss racism and sexism in any analysis of social class and 3/
How wealth is generated and awarded?

How can we argue, as leftists, for an economic discourse that doesn’t address race and racism, when children in Congo mine rare Earth materials we use in technology, and Bangladeshi child sweatshops still supplies UK fast fashion 4/
How can we “only focus on class” when working class women perform free Labour every day of their lives? Expected to bear the working class labourers of tomorrow whilst working part/full time in the Labour force AND balancing this with free childcare at home? 5/
How can we only focus on class and socialism in the UK when the UK economy would crumble without its international exploitation of global south mineral wealth and (child) Labour? 6/
The truth is, socialists who aren’t internationalists, aren’t as wise as liberals (no offence).

Even liberals recognise the importance of the international economy and status quo - they love their EUs, their UNs, their World Trade Organisations, their Free Trade Deals, etc 7/
So once again I ask, how on earth can UK leftists expect to get anywhere if we can’t even recognise the racism and misogyny that our world is built upon?

If we can’t even recognise the international exploration necessitated by our economy and social formations?
Many typos, sorry, I got mad when I was writing this 😂

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Do you think that having spent so much time (6+ years) on Telegram talking to white supremacists, Nazis, the worst of the worst etc. Has made RH people so toxic?
Perhaps they developed a Stockholm Syndromesque dynamic where they’ve unconsciously adopted the far-right’s mannerisms & bully tactics after such a sustained amount of contact with them?

We learn and grow from our conversations with one another, don’t we? applies to Nazis too.
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