Robert Howes

Joined Jun 22 2012
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Working class born in Stockport near Manchester UK 1948.  A bit slow on the uptake, bullied at school, read my father's books including the Tom Paine classic, The Age of Reason at age 12 and on that basis decided to change the world.


Still on that mission and getting more able as time goes on.  Over the intervening years I have worked out what can be done and set the wheels in motion.  It seems to be a very rare thing, to calculate a full plan of action from scratch, but that was the intention and the result is here for all to see, if they want to.


Most radicals do not want to, they each have their own idea of what can and can't be done and by whom.  The general perception is that the whole or most of the working class have the task of liberating themselves.  If only it were that easy, but it's not.


If any one person can work out a plan, including how to get others to follow it, then from my perspective that has to be me.  I cannot expect another to do what I will not do.  If others accept this reasoning and take on the responsibility they might come up with a better plan than mine.  Otherwise I am looking for support for the practical application of my plan.

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Reply Robert Howes
3:54 AM on June 28, 2012 

I put the message below on the WSM forum:


After reading your ideas at I agree with almost 100% of what you say and I think you should lead socialists out of the wilderness by starting the Free Access Party. You could probably pull in many members of the Zeitgeist Movement (so long as you didn't use the words socialism and communism) and even some (up to one third) of the SPGB/WSM members. Just as the SPGB came out of the SDF the Free Access Party could come out of the SPGB. What matters is a free access future, not any moribund party that has lost its way. I don't know if this message will put you in a bad light within the SPGB. I am already in a bad light, even though, unlike McD and Alex tet I am in favour of free access while they most definitely are not (or they are playing Devil's advocate or some such silly game) Andy, you are a real thinker and deserve more recognition, and socialist/anarchists (and workers and everyone) deserve a forward looking party. If the SPGB will not take on board the changes you suggest they do not deserve to survive as a party. And we deserve better.