NOTE THAT GOOGLE HAVE SABOTAGED MY GMAIL ACCOUNT firstname.lastname@example.org THAT I WAS PARTICULARLY PUBLICISING, SO THAT MOST MESSAGES GET DELAYED FOR A LONG TIME OR DO NOT ARRIVE AT ALL, PROBABLY TO FRUSTRATE MY ATTEMPTS TO SIGN UP 10 MEMBERS TO THE REVOLUTIONARY PLATFORM OF LEFT UNITY, WHICH WOULD MAKE IT AN OFFICIAL PLATFORM WITH THE RIGHT TO PUT FORWARD MOTIONS AND AMENDMENTS AT THE FOUNDING CONFERENCE OF LEFT UNITY ON 30 NOVEMBER. IT IS PROBABLY NOT A COINCIDENCE THAT THIS HAPPENED AT THE TIME I WAS GENERATING QUITE A LOT OF INTEREST FOR THE REVOLUTIONARY PLATFORM IN MY FACEBOOK EVENT TO LOBBY THE TUC CONFERENCE (8-11 SEPTEMBER IN BOURNEMOUTH) TO CALL FOR A GENERAL STRIKE! NOW I HAVE FOUND THAT YAHOO IS CENSORING ME AS WELL! IF YOU WANT TO GUARANTEE A MESSAGE GETS TO ME, THE BEST WAY TO DO IT IS VIA MY FACEBOOK ACCOUNT. IF YOU ARE NOT ON FACEBOOK, I SUGGEST POSTING THE SAME MESSAGE TO email@example.com AND firstname.lastname@example.org, OR PHONING/TEXTING ME ON THE NUMBER BELOW.
I, Steve Wallis, set the Network up in 2006 to argue for unity of revolutionaries within broad socialist parties/organisations (particularly the Scottish Socialist Party). The idea of the Revolutionary Platform Network is for revolutionary socialists within a broad organisation to unite, to try to get it to adopt more revolutionary politics. Until now, such revolutionary platforms have only existed on the internet, apart from newsletters for distribution, but I have now called for one to be formed in the real world within Left Unity (the new initiative for a left-wing party of socialist film director Ken Loach in March 2013, which will have a policy discussion conference in Manchester on Saturday 28 September, the day before a mass protest outside the Tory conference in the same city, and a founding conference on Saturday 30 November in London). I am building a Revolutionary Platform of Left Unity to unite revolutionary socialists (who may or may not also be in another political organisation as well as Left Unity) in one Platform and try to avoid the problem of organisations competing with each other primarily to recruit as has plagued other broad socialist initiatives.
To read the text of the Call for a Revolutionary Platform of Left Unity, click here (or read it on my blog if internet censorship prevents that link from working). There are two discussion groups, a public one (uncensored except for spammers) and an internal one (for those who have joined the Platform).
I have set up websites and discussion groups (which you can access via email or the web) for the following Revolutionary Platforms:
These Revolutionary Platforms may be the nuclei of new organisations capable of uniting genuine revolutionary socialists with different views and from different traditions within broad left-wing parties.
This is a newsletter for the Revolutionary Platforms. I have also put them in Micro$oft Word and PDF format on the website so that anyone around the world who is inspired enough after reading them can produce copies for distribution. I have so far produced six editions (May 2006, September 2006, September 2012, February 2013, July 2013 and September 2013) plus two UK-specific updates to newsletter 4 in March 2013, and a further global update in April 2013. Note the big gap between the second and third, when I instead produced many for the Foundation for PR-based Socialism (a non-party political virtual revolutionary socialist organisation I set up that argues for a form of socialism based on proportional representation by single transferable vote, as well as direct democracy and some degree of workers control of industry). To browse or download a Revolutionary Platform News newsletter, click here.
Two previous forums got overrun by spam (due to the lack of sufficient CAPTCHA routines to identify human beings rather than web robots) and a third had connection errors, so I instead set up a new forum on Facebook. Go to www.facebook.com/RevolutionaryPlatformNetwork.