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Solidarity zur Organisationsfrage

Posted by entdinglichung - 29. Juli 2008

Nachfolgend einige Auszüge aus dem Diskussionspapier Refounding the Left: Taking Our Past Into Our Future der revolutionär-sozialistischen und feministischen Organisation Solidarity aus den USA:

Dialogue and study: Each organization feels the obligation to enunciate the basic lessons of 20th century revolution, examine its past as an organization, and relocate itself in the current realities of capitalism. It is pointedly wasteful of our scant resources to be doing this separately. A far richer and educational process, as well as a healthier internal environment, could be generated by finding spaces to conduct this discussion together. The same hold true for analyzing the movements and world relations of forces of today. The forces of the social movement left needs to figure out where and how they’d be interested in participating in this discussion.

Starting in the 1960s, significant challenges have successfully altered the standards of internal practice and culture in revolutionary organizations. The changes that have been brought about are profoundly political, and address a concept of democracy that goes beyond the requisite and anonymous formality of one person, one vote. Solidarity’s organizational practice has been influenced by people of color, women, and LGBT liberation movements. The changes include the institutional existence of caucuses within our organizations based on those oppressed because of race, gender and sexuality. These caucuses play a role not only in guiding our external relationships to movements of the oppressed, but also act as an internal corrective. They help our organizations to be inclusive and capable of acting with a collective understanding of how oppression manifests itself even among revolutionaries, who are not immune to the pressures of the broader society.

The stereotype of the ‘70s revolutionary organizations as being dominated by (charismatic) males, with a heavy polemical, defeat-your-opponent factionalism is – or should be – dead and buried. To whatever extent it was practiced, it was an exclusive, self-defeating model based on a caricature of the early 20th century movement. Today’s revolutionaries are striving for what some call “feminist functioning” – a respectful, egalitarian and uplifting internal environment grounded in democratic functioning and pooling of the strengths from all the members.

The ‘70s model tended to see “the party” as a thing onto itself; floating above the members with some kind of existence of its own (often defined by these same white males). In our organizations today, this reification has to be combated. The “party” is the human beings who come together to act together. They are the locus of ownership. Solidarity has been mocked by other revolutionary groups because our members sometimes voted for different proposals at movement meetings. We have attempted to build consensus positions around our founding principles and encourage members to express judgments based on their experiences. Sometimes this has meant differences that we have not attempted to shut those down in the name of a “line,” requiring members to vote against their real convictions at the loss of their integrity.

For its part, Solidarity believes that agreement around a broad set of principles, and not agreement around historical questions, is the root base for organized renewal of the socialist movement. We believe that the left has yet to perfect the art of “agreeing to disagree” – while still finding ways to act together in a coherent fashion — once basic agreement of this type has been achieved. (Solidarity is not an exception to this statement.) The notion of “homogeneity” in an organization as the 20th century left perceived it did not serve well at all; it ended in sectarianism and irrelevance.

Marxism should be a method and not a set of formulas we have learned from the past. We also see that the insights from other philosophies of liberation and the living movements they spring from must renew and revitalize Marxism.

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Flugblatt zum Roten Punkt in Esslingen im Sommer 1971

Posted by entdinglichung - 29. Juli 2008

Ein kleiner Nachschlag zur RKJ/GIM-Broschüre zur „Roter-Punkt-Aktion“, ein Flugblatt (pdf-Datei, 1 mb) der Gruppen der Revolutionär-Kommunistischen Jugend (RKJ) und der Gruppe Internationale Marxisten in Esslingen, Stuttgart, Tübingen und Fellbach von Anfang Juli 1971, welches zur Teilnahme an den Aktionen aufruft, die damaligen taktisch-strategischen Ansätze von RKJ und GIM („Dialektik der Interventionssektoren“ und „Neue Avantgarde mit Massencharakter“) kurz anreisst und den Rückzug des AStAs der PH Esslingen aus dem Roter-Punkt-Bündnis kritisiert.

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