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My email address recently changed from email.uk to due to a virus. However, I get a huge number of emails at that address which I am not always able to keep up with. If you want to email me urgently, or send an important message that I may otherwise miss, send an email to (named after my ultimate computer game).
I have set up a website for my revolutionary socialist band Galaxia, that first recorded some songs before the G8 summit, at the time of which I called for a worldwide general strike. The next G8 summit in St Petersburg, Russia, next summer should have serious organisations supporting the call, promoted by a Galaxia world tour. If you want to download a track, read the lyrics for a song we have recorded or find out more about the band including how to get involved, click here. [The pictures page of the website now includes photos of myself at the recording studio (after I shaved off my huge beard).]
You can read the manifesto which I produced for the general election on-line or download it. For details, click here.
I am a revolutionary socialist (a Marxist heavily influenced by anarchism), fighting for a democratic socialist world free from poverty, unemployment, homelessness, discrimination, famines, deaths from preventable diseases, war and environmental destruction. I favour a non-violent revolution, and think that the use of guns in the UK, where working class people hate them so much after atrocities such as at Dunblane, would be counterproductive, unless the British state tried to use the army or armed police against the working class first.
I favour non-violent methods of change such as mass demonstrations, direct action and standing in elections (and see the mass demos against the Syrian occupation in the previously war-torn country of Lebanon, which I analyse in my page on international issues, as the way forward for Iraq; an upsurge in violence since the demos was predicted by some but the Syrian regime has now been forced to withdraw completely) but recognise that many movements that do involve violence are positive and should be supported. Recent examples of these include the Zapatista uprising in Mexico and the struggle against the Contra terrorists supported by the CIA in Nicaragua; I also support the right of the Iraqi people to fight back against the occupation by US and British imperialism, whilst promoting real democracy and opposing counter-productive methods of struggle promoted by Islamic fundamentalists such as beheadings, suicide bombings and murders of trade unionists and foreign journalists.
Some revolutions which have involved violence have led to very few deaths. This includes the storming of the Winter Palace in Russia in October 1917, which marked the point at which the working class took power; it was the attempted counter-revolution that led to a massive loss of life. According to the Independent, only four people died in the revolution in Kyrgyzstan on the 24th of March 2005, and the violence that led to those deaths was started by some pro-government demonstrators; it differs from the previous revolutions in countries formerly in the USSR (Georgia and Ukraine) in being largely spontaneous, much more working class (due to the extreme poverty and shortage of a middle class in Kyrgyzstan) and in the opposition (to the previous regime that had clearly rigged the elections) being very divided. With the presence of both US and Russian bases in that country, it could be a big setback for both US and Russian imperialism, but whether Kyrgyzstan develops in the direction of socialism remains to be seen...
I set up a Manchester International Socialist Mailing List (originally called the discussion group of Manchester International Socialist Movement), which has mainly served as a forum that I have used to post all my important messages since the run-up to the war on Iraq. I have, however, now decided to distance myself from the International Socialist Movement (ISM) platform which currently leads the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP), due to intending to unite all serious revolutionaries within the SSP (including genuine ones in the Socialist Worker platform) together with those not currently in any platform into a single platform (the Revolutionary Platform of the SSP), and due to some important differences with the strategy of the ISM and with several of its leading members. You can join the mailing list or browse its archives from its home page, or join by clicking here or emailing .
I have been living in Manchester since September 1984, and since the spring of 1989 I have been a political activist. I had planned to move up to Glasgow, since that is where I expected the world socialist revolution to start, because it is the area of the world in which the organised forces of genuine socialism are strongest – reflected by the SSP receiving over 15% of the vote in Glasgow in the Scottish parliamentary elections on May Day 2003, getting two members (Tommy Sheridan and Rosie Kane) elected.
However, Manchester is in my opinion the other city in the world apart from Glasgow where the left is very strong, partly due to my activities and the activities of many other good socialists that I have known, and partly due to historical reasons – Karl Marx lived in this city, the trade union movement started here, and the first real computer (i.e. running a program) was built at the University of Manchester. There have often been big demonstrations and meetings in Manchester, but up to now that has not been reflected by the development of an organisation like the SSP, largely due to the relative strength of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP, which is better in Manchester than elsewhere in Britain but still sectarian and fairly heavily infiltrated by conspiratorial organisations on the side of big business) and actions by the forces of big business to wreck genuine socialist organisations like the Socialist Party (formerly the Militant Tendency and then Militant Labour) which I was a member of for about eight and a half years, such as by infiltration (for example, see my page on Racism and Fascism about the damage caused by a black regional secretary called Phil Frampton who eventually revealed himself as an agent of big business by causing a massive faction fight in the Manchester/Lancashire region).
The most important development in recent years in England and Wales has been Respect: the Unity Coalition, launched primarily by the SWP in conjunction with George Galloway MP who had been expelled from New Labour due to his opposition to the war on Iraq. Galloway was re-elected and Respect got some other good results in the May 2005 general election, but only particularly in constituencies with a large number of Muslim voters. Furthermore, although socialism is included as one of the things that Respect stands for, it is hardly mentioned in Respect literature or by Respect speakers, and Respect is a cross-class formation rather than one representing the working class. Therefore, Respect is far from ideal and is full of contradictions which will undoubtedly lead to a split at some point in the future. There is a need to develop a united opposition to the opportunist strategy of the SWP, and I have launched the Revolutionary Platform of Respect, initially as a one-person organisation but one that could develop into a significant force at a fringe meeting at Respect’s 2005 conference in London (on Saturday the 19th of November) to launch a left opposition. I have produced copies of a leaflet, advertising the fringe meeting and conference itself, to hand out before and during the conference; you can view it on-line by clicking here.
In the meantime, the socialist alliances (SAs) which were launched on the initiative of Militant Labour (now the Socialist Party) have mainly been destroyed by the SWP in conjunction with a few allies. However, the main opposition to the bureaucratic way the SWP ran the SAs – the Socialist Alliance Democracy Platform (SADP) – has resurrected the Socialist Alliance as a national organisation linking a small number of remaining local alliances, at a conference on the 12th of November. A small splinter group (which will hopefully remain part of the national network of SAs) has continued the SADP, becoming known as the Democratic Socialist Alliance (DSA); these seem (in general) the most serious of the activists continuing the SA project and include all such activists in the Manchester area. In my opinion, the DSA is the best name – clarifying that we don’t want a dictatorial regime like the ones that collapsed in the USSR and Eastern Europe, and to distance ourselves from the bureaucratic way in which the SWP led the SAs.
In the long term, the solution to the splintering of the left in England and Wales will probably lie with the DSA, and with revolutionaries within the DSA uniting in the Revolutionary Platform of the DSA. This Revolutionary Platform, whose only requirement for membership will be that members regard themselves as revolutionaries and wish such views to be reflected within the DSA, will enable revolutionary socialists to organise in a united way against reformists and infiltrators on the side of big business. SWP and Socialist Party members fed up with the sectarianism of their leaders should consider launching faction fights within their parties in order to join the Revolutionary Platform of the DSA (as sub-platforms or just as individual members) at some point in the future.
I have laid the groundwork for the development of an organisation like the SSP (as I hope the DSA will be) by discussing with a lot of people and handing out a lot of leaflets, mainly in Manchester, in the seven years since I left the Socialist Party. I failed in my attempts to launch a Greater Manchester Democratic Socialist Alliance (GMDSA) before the election, and the Manchester area SADP is still using the transitional name Stockport SA but hopefully it will soon be renamed as the GMDSA. I intended to stand as an Independent Socialist candidate in the Manchester Withington constituency in the general election, but failed to get nominated in time. Nevertheless, I have handed out and will continue to hand out copies of my manifesto (which you can download or read on-line by clicking here), promoting the GMDSA. I additionally handed out an A4 leaflet with the first page of my manifesto on one side and details of the Revolutionary Platform of the SSP plus information on torture and protests against the G8 in Scotland in July on the other (which you can read by clicking here), mainly in Glasgow. I think I delayed getting ten people to nominate me until too late due to subconsciously realising that it was better not to become an MP, due to believing primarily in revolution from below and having a lot of other projects (particularly my future revolutionary socialist band Galaxia), and realising that it was far more important for me to help the SSP try to get good votes in Glasgow – putting the interests of the working class as a whole before my own interests.
I have now decided to live in and conduct sustained political activities from three places in the coming period – Fallowfield in Manchester, the Shettleston branch area of Glasgow SSP and Penarth (the town near Cardiff in which I spent my last five years at school).
I joined Glasgow Shettleston branch of the SSP at its 2005 Perth conference, which I have described in my document on Scottish Socialist Party history, 2005 conference report and Revolutionary Platform plans. I have set up a Revolutionary Platform of the SSP website and discussion group, in preparation for its launch as an organisation in the near future.
Another major initiative that I have launched fairly recently is the Campaign for Democracy in the UK. There is a page on this website containing more details of this campaign.
The main initiative that I am participating in is a revolutionary socialist band, which I called “Galaxia” – named after the very left-wing future of the galaxy at the end of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series. I sing in the band but am still looking for additional participants. I have set up a website, www.galaxiamusic.org, and a ‘galaxiamusic’ discussion group dedicated to the band. I have set up a music page on this website here.
As well as being a political activist, I am a computer programmer, and have developed a modelling language called SDML (which has a discussion group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/strictly-declarative-modelling-language) which may be of use to other socialist programmers (especially those who know Prolog). As I explain in my “Socialism and Conspiracies” document, and on my page on SDML on this website, SDML is limited in terms of efficiency, and restricted to half a gigabyte of memory, but I believe that a language or languages based on the research I did developing SDML is being used by conspiratorial organisations (on both sides: the working class and big business) to model the past and present state of the world in order to predict the future and determine what they need to do to achieve their desired outcome. Asimov (or rather his character Hari Seldon) calls it “psychohistory” in his Foundation series, when used by a computer to model a revolution throughout the galaxy, but our brains utilise the same technique to tackle sub-goals in our day-to-day tasks. My page on Isaac Asimov on this website discusses the significance of Asimov’s literature, concentrating on the Foundation series. If you want to try SDML out, I recommend that you allocate about five consecutive days to work through the tutorial.
Five arcade-style computer games that I and my brother designed and implemented are available for free downloading on Windows platforms (via an Amstrad CPC464 emulator). For more information, click here.
Many of my most important documents and leaflets are accessible from the Documents & Leaflets page.
For statistics on this website, including number of hits, click here. [Note that there is a bug in the stats-gathering program, which causes most hits on the final day of each month to be missed.]
Note that my old webspace provider, hostway, refused to hand over my domain name www.stevewallis.org, hence my need to switch to www.socialiststeve.me.uk when I transferred to ukfast.net, which I know is reliable (as well as the fastest in the UK according to at least one independent survey) because I know the person who runs it: my second cousin Lawrence Jones.
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