- Category: Winter Has Its End
- Created on Tuesday, 19 June 2012 19:24
- Written by Nicolette Attente
Photo: Nicolette Attente
Yesterday we posted a remarkable interview with ten young communists active in the profound crisis shaking official politics and everyday life. The discussion digs into how revolutionaries seek to transform a crisis into a revolution -- how they make analysis, how they study and respond to the needs of the people, how they seek to help connect as communists with the radicalization of millions.
by Nicolette Attente
From reading just the start of this interview, I feel like I need to stand up and fight. To become more active, to learn, and not just to hold a sign and shout some witty chant but achieve real change. I am too a young communist, and I have so much more to learn. And I have so many more questions that need answering.
I want to understand how to achieve this reality we all fight for. What can I learn from these different uprisings?
“We must unite all the struggles of the people”
How do we do this?
Whenever I think about the struggles of the people, I have to remind myself that we are people, human beings living in a world that is destroying us as people. It is hard to act in solidarity and to convince others to do the same. Because everyone believes that their struggle is the greatest. So how do we as communists handle this? We can’t lose our humanity. We can’t forget that these people we are trying to organize are also people trying to survive, and not just tools for revolution.
How do we fight the reality we are living in? We must fight in the reality of the people but how? Reality is relative as is struggle.
So we must create a new situation, and have faith in the people. And through their struggle they will transform, their consciousness will rise?
This is a place where I get confused and I start going around in circles.
We have to have faith in the people. This I agree with. But which people? All people? No? Yes?
I then think of the categories that people get placed in the advance, the intermediate, and the backward. How does this all factor in?
“We want the people to fight but we also need to give them a life”…
We need to give them a new reality. We all live in a reality. We wake up, we eat, work, sleep, repeat. The world we live in is so set in its ways and people are scared to change. They are in their comfort zone and don’t want to leave. So how do we convince them?
Occupy tried to give people a new reality and we were crushed like movements before. But it is growing and evolving. We have to have faith in the people that they will transform through struggle. And we, communists, have to keep pushing forward showing them this reality and have faith that they will follow?
Unite all struggles in to one reality and work with the people to achieve this? My thoughts evolve more as I read.
As people struggle they will transform, their consciousnesses will rise, as will they. So spontaneous movements will emerge and as communists we must be open and flexible to these and move with them like a current in a river.
We, the left, are fragmented, it’s full of dogmatists, people stuck in old movements that are no longer relevant, or wound up in book worship.
Should we break away from this old left?
How do we attract the youth?
I have trouble learning from my own experiences. I became radicalized through Occupy but also through being close to many communists. So how do I/we reach these kids who haven’t had those kinds of experiences?
Kasama is really one of the best organizations out there but… It still needs much more organization. How can it lead people? How can it organize people? How can we go from being a network to becoming a communist organization?
How do we keep from becoming dogmatic? We can get fixated on this theory and that theory and miss new theory that isn’t in a book.
Also when trying to reach the youth.. how do we speak outside of left jargon that young communists can’t understand?
We need to break away from old ways of thinking and old ways of organizing.
We only want the world, we only want to achieve the impossible. We have a chance to color the zebra purple but we are sill coloring in black and white. We no longer have lines to stay in. So why do we? Where is our creativity?
We are held back by fear of the unknown. We are in out comfort zone and we don’t want to leave. But how will we change the reality of the people if we continue to live by it ourselves.
How do we break through this fear? What about this fear of the unknown is holding us back?
The world is changing, we must too.
But how do we prepare for something that we don’t know is coming?
What in reality do we need to fight?
How do we even understand society?