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the need for solidarity

Discussion in 'Anarchism and radical activism' started by antihuman, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. antihuman

    antihumanActive Member Forum Member


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    One of the biggest problems with the current anti-authoritarian left is the fact the petty ideological quarrels prevent solidarity. People are too quick to dismiss people with largely similar viewpoints over the details of their individual doctrine. We need to concentrate on what we have on common, not what we disagree about. A revolution will never be possible if, as is so common, similar political groups constantly dismiss each others' validity over small disagreements. Currently, no single movement on the anti-authoritarian left or post-left has a large enough following to effect real change. However, a union of anarcho-communists, libertarian socialists, left marxists, anarcho-syndicalists, green anarchists, anarcho-feminists, left-leaning individualist anarchists, radical trade unions, and other anti-authoritarian leftist and post-leftist movement would exponentially increase the effectiveness of the movement. We all have a common goal: overthrow of capitalism and government, and the creation of a truly free and egalitarian society. Only when we accept that only a collaborative effort will be capable of changing the world will that change become possible. Even though I am personally a green anarchist, I recognize that an anarcho-syndicalist or libertarian socialist revolution would be infinitely preferable to the status quo. Egotistical and self-important dogmatic squabbles need to come to an end. We must compromise with our ideological brothers and sisters and unite!
     

  2. snookams

    snookamsExperienced Member Experienced member Forum Member


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    it all comes down to one question: what asshole invented all those different colored anarcho flags?
     
  3. DirtyRottenThrashPunk

    DirtyRottenThrashPunkExperienced Member Experienced member Forum Member


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    I don't see why different kinds of anarchist societies couldn't co-exist...for example, if green anarchy/anarcho-primitivism became the "system" (for lack of a better word), I would fucking DIE within a few months as I have medical needs (which is why sometimes I feel a lot of animosity toward primitivists). HOWEVER, if some people wanna go run into the wild, I see nothing wrong with that whatsoever. You could go be immersed in nature, and I could live in a commune and still have things like electricity and the insulin that keeps me from dying (slowly and painfully, I might add) :)
     
  4. butcher

    butcherExperienced Member Experienced member Forum Member


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    considering yr username is 'antihuman', I think we have fuck all in common.
     
  5. Unite&Resist36

    Unite&Resist36Member Forum Member


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    I agree with what you're sayin, but there would definately be a schism in the end, especially since "left marxists" aren't against government.
     
  6. Caps

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    This is interesting because I have been thinking a similar sort of thing. I was considering writing (whenever I could be arsed) 'An anarchist manifesto' that would simply advocate a form of revolution that was focussed more on what it was trying to destroy than create. The thing is we on the radical left are all in essence aware of what we need to remove and a lot of us are agreed that it requires violence to remove it - though the degrees vary. Once the government has been overthrown and the state has been destroyed, whatever grows from the people's will we can collectively work together to make fruitful. There are two big concerns as far as I can see. First, there is the worry that the revolution is commandeered by certain groups that attempt to reorganise a similar regime to the previous or some form of authoritarian/oppressive state. Second is the organising of getting vital goods to the right people. Specifically, I mean people like me and, I assume, DirtyRottenThrashPunk (sorry, don't know the details of your situation) that need specific meds and treatment. In fact, this issue has really begun to stump me because I realised a lot of people need medical help and a revolution really has the potential to fuck people up. It certainly removed a huge chunk of my sympathy with primitivism.
     
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