On Revolutionary Solidarity
We would like to put forward the discussion on revolutionary solidarity because we feel it is not always clear what it is understood or taken for, what people mean with their solidarity expressions, since we see the importance to recognize ourselves in struggles, what it is surrounded with and what it is mistaken for. Because often we see people immediately use this form of activity for the necessary responding to revolt, attack and insurrection elsewhere at that moment, far away from daily imposed social surroundings, thus we wonder if that is what solidarity should imply, and would even question what is the purpose for it, considering it to be completely isolated and disconnected from both imported struggle as local reality. Sabotage standing on its own could sometimes mean much more as simply the mean of sabotage as a goal for itself, than sabotage as merely an answer to the symbols of others. The concept of revolutionary solidarity grows from a concept of general, already existing struggle, as a part, or rather, extension of it, that finds connections with other struggles from time to time. The content, drive or intention, the symbols, methods or language of it do not change by the influence of others, it merely gets inspired when we recognize ourselves in those. If we would not have anything that brings us to the streets already, something that moves us or what we fight for, other peoples acts would then create what we do and without that; would we do nothing? Indeed, be it if there is no struggle where the solidarity came from.
We are not politicians nor autonomist that instantly support struggles rooting from a certain ground. Revolutionary solidarity is always a critical solidarity by our own means, with our own words, with our own perspective. When an attack is made on people who are not necessarily considered comrades from anarchist milieus, solidarity still sparks in our hearts from the details of recognition, that go beyond the logo that hangs around some ones neck, or the friends people might have. Based on that recognition fire spreads, for what we read in it. At the same time, when more expectedly comrades from the well known anarchist milieu revolt, we do not want to follow like slaves of the bigger revolutionary purpose to the agenda that is called for if we cannot find ourselves in those papers, or in those streets just because of it. We always want to see things with our own eyes, and absorb and digest the information individually with our own hearts. That is what makes solidarity strong; because it exploded in our faces, not because it was designed by others.
Therefore being in solidarity with others does not mean that we flatten all of our differences; but simply the recognition of the other as a individual in struggle. The person or group is not necessarily a good friend, comrade or “revolutionary subject”. But often we see anarchists are afraid of speaking about these differences amongst “ourselves”, afraid to damage the strength of the movement, assuming in this case there is one as a homogenous group, as if we are one big happy family. As anarchists we give great importance to our individual perspectives, and thus we shall not always agree; for which we have no fear. On the other hand, giving a critique to others in struggle doesn’t necessarily mean we are opponents/enemies or wanting the people to be in prison. Imprisoned comrades as well as any other person locked up is what we struggle for to end. It would be absurd to leave some remaining of those walls we try to fight for the few we could not get along with, either personally or politically. Without subjecting ourselves to the footsteps of others, putting on the shoes that don’t really fit, we prefer to walk bare footed through different forests and climb the mountains to get where we want to be, later we might even find each other again. We fear not the conflict with our comrades, we fear imprisonment of body and mind. Critique sharpens our thoughts and marks our individual steps. Not for the purpose of that, but because we can.
Therefore our way of showing solidarity is independent from what committees begs for and stays close to how and what we see in the continuation of our struggle; deaf to the calls of for instance non violent, legal actions, asked for by dogmatic strategists, or from the spotlights of famous politicians and intellectuals. If for instance a self organized platform of prisoners creates an umbrella committee for collective resistance against what their lives are forced into, we do recognize that urge to breathe through the walls, independently from guidelines set out to make the campaign captivated in the hands of the committee. We want to take our freedom to join that struggle, without loosing the person we were previous to the inspiration to live this resistance with them, or might continue afterwards alone. Nobody can tell us what tools or words we are or are not allowed to use. In fact, our demands for the struggle could come from a different origin than theirs or head towards different discussion, but our steps will always remain ours. Or finally, when the party of the famous, the gang of the religiously devout, orders us out in the streets to liberate the “innocent”, the witch hunt victims of blind lady justice, it might be that we were already there, or even trying to open the doors towards freedom for the “guilty”. The weak, the idols, the victims and the heroes always have their roadies, but we are not after revolutionary subjects, nor do we want to be them.
If revolutionary solidarity exists in our surroundings it is always the continuation of a struggle we have been living, connected to something started by others, that simply threw the ball of fire to where we could catch it and we will keep on throwing it. We don’t have to wait for other people to do something first; we are in our own struggle with the world that surrounds us, in our own reality; here and now. When we get inspired by others (abroad or closer by) we don’t have to enter their territory, follow their symbols, but will try to spread that fire in the symbols of authority and its accomplishes imposed on ourselves in everyday life. But we see that for instance not much was happening in a lot of places, and since the recent insurrection in Greece all the sudden many people woke up; or rather responded to that outburst of revolt. It is very important to realize that this insurrection not only erupted from the killing of Alexandros Grigoropoulos last December, but exploded from a fire burning already for a couple of years by really hard, local, persistent struggle against authority and exploitation. We have them just the same here! Are there no kids struggling with the cops in the suburbs of Amsterdam every day? Are there no revolts in Dutch prisons, no matter how small? Have we no bosses that claim our bodies? Have we no banks that steal our future? Have we no state that makes us hostages in an ever growing prison? Every day… What poverty of anarchist struggle shows this? Are people waiting for a reason? For the call? For the messiah? Sometimes this is the “first” spark to hit the coal, instead of a continuation, for a struggle to begin, as an inspiration, but it should always be yours.
Let’s make our own struggle, let’s make social war.
This entry was posted on Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 at 11:11 pm and is filed under Autonomy.