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The Miners' Next Step
The Miners' NextStep
In 1912 - next year that will be 110 years ago - some of the best minds in Wales met and produced a pamphlet:- 'The Miners' Next Step' to guide miners to a better world, so working people can build a future without back-stabbers or bosses, or short-sighted greed.
Just like the people of Donbass, who, before Russia's revolution, lived in the Free Lands and lived to build their world... with love.
Their vision became - unfairly, in my opinion - labelled as anarcho-syndicalism..... so was discounted as a way forward by socialists in Wales and the U.K.
Yet their analysis is as relevant today, as ever, on questions like true democracy and leadership.
Their pamphlet can be accessed online, and I would urge you to read it! If you want to create a fab future for your loved ones..
P.S. hope you like the song!
The people of Donbass (pictured) are united and organised..
The Donbass and Wales and The Miners' Next Step
The people of Donbass run their own army, police and civil
affairs, and run a successful economy, based on soviet style factory and mine local democracy --- so they decide how their buildings and parks, facilities and arts and crafts, fulfill their needs and values.
Because the Kiev government - brought into being by US money and the Maiden violent insurrection and coup - helped to power, extreme nationalist forces.. the rest of Ukraine is trapped and being stripped of its material wealth.
Local oligarchs, bowing to a West desperate to keep its old role, as ''the chosen ones'' - plus a group of psychotic 'US 'neo-cons'', who genuinely welcome a ''decider'' world war, now run things in Ukraine. Millions of Ukrainians are leaving the country... as prices rise and their economy is stripped, and the war on the Donbass, backed by US-led NATO, is an open sore.
All in the middle of a pandemic and the Earth being poisoned against humanity... well!
And the miners of Wales who met in 1912, planned.. then explained... how to work and achieve a better life, by realising the dreams of the vast majority.
Their solution was to use the power of organisation, to create wealth.
They, at that time, planned to havethe local lodges use their organisational
skills.. to set up many businesses...
but any organisation can, right now, call on a number of volunteers to gladly work an hour a month... and many will be happy to do more. From each, according to their ability and to each, according to their need.
That's the spirit.
It's simple... and the only way to achieve a beautiful world, is bit by bit, until it's done.
If three people or a few hundred give one hour a month... then an affordable child nursery for working parents, or a centre to entertain the children after school, are all possible.
No-one has to fight against anyone, or rob or borrow money, as people will volunteer, either their time, gifts, or money, to a cause which benefits all in your community.
Love will grow even stronger in your community.
The better place everyone wants, will grow slowly, in peace, like a baby grows in the womb.
That's the miners' Next Step 2.
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This does not mean, by the way, that public ownership is a bad thing, but that creative thinking is necessary.
We have seen how nationalised industries lack democratic accountability, and can be used badly, by both Labour & Tory governments --- as milk cows by the private sector, or to massage the unemployment figures.
And time and time again, after the public has paid for investments, to make them profitable... they are ''re-privatised''.
There are alternatives to the old failed model of public ownership, as seen in this country. Worker co-ops, Foundations, even charity status... could be tried.
There's nothing especially socialist, about nationalisation - Tories, even fascists use it, when private ownership has failed..
It's successful public ownership and control... that brings real lasting benefits, that's what we want!
The 'National Coal Board' closed more collieries down, than even Thatcher!
Many many thanks to Richard Gould, a true genius, who has his own group, yet gave up his time to generate the music.
Also to Ceri of Big Pit, who might not necessarily have agreed with the politics, but was so generous with his time and photos.
And to the Clydach Vale lake and cafe, which is the best nearby example of what is possible!
And last, but definitely not least, a massive thank you to Becs... who has the smile to warm the world - and the guts and generosity - to appear on video.