AntiNote: This is a call, from a non-native activist in Rojava, for those of us elsewhere who support the revolution there to do the greatest, scariest thing we can to make our support truly real: go.
We recognize the perils of such a call. The one making it (as well as the one heeding it) risks transgressing a wide range of activist norms of behavior. However, although it is slightly against character for the AWC, there are things about this call’s stridency and confrontational challenge that we find appealing. Sometimes it’s good to push it—what with the road of excess leading to the palace of wisdom and all.
Even if your first instinct is to recoil from such harangue, we urge you to stick it out and reflect on how this attitude could arise and where this comrade kind of has a point. You could go so far as to imagine what it would mean and what it would look like for you to heed such a call—perhaps you already do this. Next thing you know, you’re packing. Stranger things have happened.
Our own hypocrisy will become apparent in a few weeks when you notice that our website has not gone dark and our writers collective is still pursuing sources of quiet, affecting remonstrations against structures of domination. That we don’t put our money where our mouth is ourselves, greasy as that is, is not meant to sabotage the authentic purposefulness of this call.
The article originally appeared on 27 June 2015 at the website of a Poland-based international support and solidarity network, the Rojava Recovery Volunteers. A contact of theirs sent it to them with the request to post it anonymously and unchanged, in the spirit of freedom and solidarity. We have edited it lightly for clarity, hoping the spirit of freedom and solidarity is nonetheless intact.
The time of theory is over. Now is the time of action.
by an anonymous activist in Rojava
“History is made by people who leap into unknowns. If you are satisfied with the status quo, stay where you are.”
I’ve been in Rojava for half a year working in various areas of society. This has been a unique opportunity to get a good overview of the system in action. My libertarian philosophy and practical experience puts me very close to the revolutionaries of Rojava, and they like to hear my ideas and criticism.
I’m writing this after seeing articles warning against “letting Kobanê and the rest of Rojava be defeated by big corporations and international financial institutions.” [We’ve published one of those. –ed.]
My response to this is to ask: OK, what are you doing in the West? Rojava is better than the West. When you stay in the West, you are helping capitalism. You are part of the machine. If you live in the city, consume products or participate in life there, you are a hypocrite.
There are not enough people of radical disposition here. We need people here who can work. Once you are here, it is not stressful. It’s a fertile space and people are listening to you and your ideas. In Europe or America, projects for autonomy are blocked, but here the government listens to you and provides the resources they can. But things can go slow.
The revolution is not certain, and Rojava needs the strong spirit of foreign revolutionaries giving their support here on the ground. It’s not enough to make some token gesture. If you are a revolutionary, then enough with your joke excuses, you have work to do.
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