Leftist Unity is a myth and solidarity is a joke that we tell each other to keep the myth alive. I say this because I’ve watched leftist spaces for a while before I started producing content not long ago, and holy hell do we tear each other apart.
We are the self-proclaimed free-thinkers, justice and truth seekers who want to bring about socialism and communism. The problem with this is that to have this you must have community.
The Right has the advantage of following scripts and sharing traditions and values. When they tear each other apart, it doesn’t matter because at the end of the day, their enemy is the Leftist who oppose them and they will unite against us regardless.
We don’t have this. We’re a group of individuals with different morals, ethics, and ideas. All we got is an umbrella term and each other. We even have a group who hurt people with their rhetoric to unite against.
YET. We do not unite against them. We might attack them separately, but we don’t really organize. And the minute we feel that they’ve been put into submission, some of us decide to turn our attention to our own house.
Some of us, seeing no point or being unable to engage the Right, focus instead on either teaching the Left to practice what they preach or to police those who fail to perform good praxis.
I count myself among the former, and it hurts my heart to see so many of the latter. Because we don’t need police. We see how they fail us on a massive scale, YET we have these individuals among us who dare to police others out of our spaces.
It true that we as a community should try to keep each other safe, but what of our values? Our ideals? Our principles? What of solidarity? Solidarity doesn’t stop because your comrade did a shitty thing!
Are we wardens now? Is leftism a prison in which only true leftists are allowed to lord their ethical perfection over us who slip up and stumble and make mistakes? Are we to be exiled with not chance to return?
Are we to be mocked into changing our behavior to suit your ideal of the true leftist? When you ultimately stumble because you’re human too, should we treat you as you treated us?
I say no. I say no to all of this! This is bullying, plain and simple. I am my sisters’ and brothers’ confidante. When they stumble, I hold them accountable and encourage them to change.
When they do the unthinkable and hurt others in a way that makes me want to turn my face away from them, I hold them accountable and I beg them to change! I DEMAND them to change for their sake and the sake of those they hurt.
I refuse to think of people as things to be discarded, problems to be resolved. We’re leftists dammit! We already hold the moral high ground against the bigots and the nazis. We don’t need to be any higher than where we are which is on the earth.
We need love, friendship, understanding, self-discipline, and above all introspection. We are free thinkers who will disagree. The difference between us and the people we fight to help everyone, is that we’re supposed to have room for discussion.
We’re supposed to come to each other with open minds and open hearts, because we’re not trying to hurt one another. We’ve been abused by an oppressive system that has dehumanized and belittled us.
It taught us not to see each other as people, but as competitors for work, for food, for life. We’ve been taught that when others hurt us that we either hurt them back or ignore them. Write them off! They can’t be changed! They can’t be helped!
But that’s not true, because we’re fighting for a better world. One where ALL people are treated with dignity and respect! One where we’ll no longer use slurs against each other or to mock each other. They’ll just be old words from an old world.
We’re fighting for a world where the struggles of those before will be honored by the happy lives of those who come after. We cannot achieve this by writing people off, mocking them into your corner or out of the space, or just excommunicating them from the community.
We need praxis! We need to reform not only others, but ourselves. We need introspection. We need to always be aware of how capitalism has sank its claws deep within our very identities. We need to fight the capitalism within and without.
I love you all. I want to understand you all as much as I’m capable. I’ll wear my heart on my sleeve because capitalism doesn’t want me to. I’ll be human and treat you as a human because capitalism demands we not do so.
This is my rebellion! This is the stand I’ll make here and now. I will endeavor to live my ideals and principles. I will make mistakes and I expect you to hold me accountable encourage my growth as an individual.
I’ll tell you when you hurt me, and you tell me when I hurt you. We’ll cry together and we’ll get angry at each other. We’ll share in each other’s pain and triumph.
This is my personal manifesto. Take it or leave it as you will. Again, I love you, whoever you are. I see you and I hope you see me. I hope to see you in a better place and I hope to stand beside there. Peace, love, and unity, Comrades.