TOTW: Solidarity across borders
Rojava, Palestine, Chiapas - all of these are household names among leftists as beacons of struggle against oppression by the dispossessed of the world. Though frameworks like “anti-imperialism” and “anti-colonialism” may be more prevalent among socialists, these and other struggles have continued to attract the interest and support of anarchists in Europe, the US and elsewhere as well. Whether driven by the desire to help people resisting oppression by malevolent forces in this world or the chance to help build something which looks like anarchy in our lifetime, anarchists performing international solidarity are carrying on a tradition that’s lived as long as the idea itself.
Yet if a concept of “international solidarity” forms a common point between anarchists and a broader left, so too do many of the troubling aspects that come with it. The role of the partisan seems to lend itself to a degree of idealism, even among those who claim to engage in “critical” support. There is also a risk that, as in many conflicts where anarchists engage with organizing and mainstream politics, we are participating with a degree of political naivete which ignores the larger forces at work around us and who stand to benefit from the world which we are helping to build.
What is your concept of “international solidarity”? How do you engage in it, or if you don’t, why?
(image: Sante Geronimo Caserio, an Italian anarchist, assassinates the president of France to avenge the executions of French anarchists Auguste Vaillant and Émile Henry)