Red Action – left-wing political pariah
Some observations regarding ideological apostasy and the discourse of proletarian resistance
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The political positions adopted by Red Action (RA) precipitated as much concern and consternation on the left as it did in those quarters where hostility was entirely predictable. RA had to move beyond a defensive position and onto the offensive. The initial aim was to develop a mobile combat unit to defend the public meetings, gigs and paper sales of any left-wing organisation under threat of attack. The enduring importance of RA might lie elsewhere, as a consequence of its underlying emphasis on proletarian palingenesis; it was an organisation that simply refused to abandon its attachment to the working class. The RA's critique of the revolutionary left are its rejection of the Leninist party model and its vehement rejection of liberal multi-culturalism along with its critique of global communist alternatives. Given RA's critique of the revolutionary left, it is easy to see how accusations of apostasy could gain credence.

Against the grain

The British far left from 1956

Editors: Evan Smith and Matthew Worley


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