Get ready for stream of conscious political thoughts.
The main thing though is that: in the US, major changes will likely only come through long strike waves. And to have long-lasting strikes you need to provide for people.
To get to a point where a significant plurality of people can strike, we have to have a lot more groundwork and community building.
You need to be able to provide for large numbers of people essentially quitting work. That's a lot of mouths to feed and people to house.
Unions help with this too, but again we need that sustainable and well-developed community work.
Protests are good, but what comes after to make sure XYZ can't happen again is a necessity.
@Adriana I keep thinking about how a truly bottom-up approach to radical politics should try to fill peoples needs from the bottom-up. First we feed and house people, then all else follows.
As much as people begrudge Mao, he knew that, if you provide for people, they will come to you. That's how the Black Panthers did it.
Feed the people, shelter them, then you're worth talking to to them. You're a pillar of the community and not an outsider as we are perceived.
@Adriana The Landless Workers Movement in Brasil, Abahlali baseMjondolo in South Africa, Sarvodaya Shramadan in Sri Lanka, Food Not Bombs and squatters movements all over the world understand this too.
Cooperation Jackson and the Black Socialists of America call this the construction of a "social and solidarity economy"
Sarvodaya did a survey on basic needs and villagers sorted them into this list (from most important to least important):
1. Clean environment
4. Nutritious food
6. Health care
The movement tackles social issues by meeting these needs in this order.
@Adriana Hell, one of the key programs introduced in the anarchist free territory in Ukraine were school breakfast clubs, and this was years before the CCP had even been founded.
"If you build it they will come" is a tried and true philosophy, clearly.
This is totally true but when starting out the group can only help so much. I think about the distinction between charity and solidarity. We have to help but it has to be in a way where there is no distinction between the folks receiving help and providing help.
A bloke I knew used to do a lunch and haircut program for folks. Started with about 6-10 friends to get it off the ground, then tons of people kept showing up.
They did it every couple weeks and most of those that originally came for a meal ended up cooking, setting up, or cleaning.
I haven't kept up with him for the past year- he had a severe ego that hurt good work. But last time I woulda heard it would've been going on for about 6 months and only gaining more ground.
I like the core of the idea and have two fairly benign desires. I want the activity to be the responsibility of a democratic bottom-up focused organisation.
I'd like the organisation to have a competency in identifying people able to start up efforts like this and help get the ball rolling.
Aside from ego issues sounds great :)
It’s impossible to get rid of capitalism when the production of the things we need in order to live is done through capitalist means.
Buying food to eat, water to drink, or medicine to heal fuels capitalism. It’s a kind of monopoly on the ways you can produce things.
Think about what some of the earliest cooperatives in modern history were. They’re either housing units or grocery stores.
We have to provide these basic needs for ourselves on our own.
Sunbeam City is a Libertarian Socialist solarpunk instance. It is ran democratically by a cooperative of like-minded individuals.