We cannot uproot the social fabric without interrupting some of the delicate lifelines miserly afforded to our most vulnerable by a society that does not truly value them. It is our responsibility to see these people, to uplift them and to put them at the forefront, because the revolution is for them. And some will still fall through the cracks. The nature of destabilization and revolt is that it hits the most vulnerable the hardest.
@Aleums and afterwards we're still going to have to reckon with the people who made the decisions of whom to sacrifice and hold them accountable. "it was for the revolution" cannot be a defense, even if it is accurate
@Aleums Nobody emerges from a revolution with clean hands
But it's still worth it
@witchfynder_finder we have to make it worth it
@Aleums and it's why the most vulnerable folks must lead the revolution as we strive to protect those leaders, those voices
@Aleums many revolutionary movements have, at one point or another, sooner or later, necessarily set up community kitchens, community medical centres, seized medicines, occupied wings of hospitals, to protect and care for those most vulnerable. The history is consistent and demonstrable. The task is to make it our first order of business, not our last.
The question of how to care for people during times of disruption and upheaval has been the throughline of my political development.
@Aleums I prickle at the idea of reducing this to "revolution is inherently ableist" as if folks with disabilities are not themselves already theorizing and involved in revolutionary movements. I literally have an article about community based disability disaster prep activists in the magazine rack in my bathroom.
@turtlebirb I agree that I could have chosen my words better and I hoped that the spirit might come through in my elaborations
@turtlebirb I absolutely do a disservice to disability activists by implying that their efforts are counterproductive
@Aleums yeah, I'm sore on this point because I recently encountered Tiqqun's argument that the revolution is ableist and because of this people with disabilities are inherently counter-revolutionary
@turtlebirb I recognized this line of thinking and tried to backpedal. So it goes when you post in the heat of the moment
@turtlebirb and I am grateful for all the people who replied to me with their own perspectives, especially you because you're cool and always have good things to say
@turtlebirb I did not and as a matter of fact I think it's exactly what I want to read right now
@Aleums it's one of my favourite articles she's written. Among its many virtues, it also subtly brings in some recent arguments about how the labour movement can no longer be the foundation of a contemporary revolutionary communist movement (because the labour movement has never known what to do with the lumpenproletariat, because "dignity in labour" cannot be a rallying cry to organise those who recognise that in a just society their jobs wouldn't exist, etc...)
@turtlebirb a really strong point an an excellent quote to highlight on the page of the article.
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