It would be wrong to think that, because Kokuren’s membership had come to reject syndicalism, they were automatically hostile to unions. On the contrary, as an article published in April 1928 on ‘Anarchists and the Union Movement’ made clear, they considered that under capitalism workers were bound to form unions in order to pursue economic objectives and resist the bosses. However, they did not believe that there was anything inherently, or even potentially, revolutionary about workers engaging in such activity. Workers would only become revolutionaries to the extent that they made a conscious choice to direct their struggle away from seeking improvements within capitalism towards overthrowing capitalism and reorganizing life on the basis of anarchist communism. That was where genuine anarchists had a role to play, since their function 'must be, via the daily economic struggle, to make the workers themselves aware of the fact that, without unionists embracing anarchist communism, they can never bring about the true liberation of the workers’. If anarchist communists were to neglect this role, day-to-day economic demands would be uppermost in the workers’ minds and unions would be nothing more than 'mere organs of daily economic struggle’.
John Crump, Hatta Shuzo and Pure Anarchism in Interwar Japan
Our task today is to accelerate the process of transition to postcapitalism by creating and implementing it here and now, in the bowels of a dying system. We may well fail in doing so — but the point is precisely to broaden the horizons of the present so that we become cognizant of possibilities that lead beyond it, to plant seeds that might blossom in years and decades to come as governments fall and economies rupture.
We need to work together to craft new visions, values and worldviews; to develop new ideals, ethics and structures; to innovate new politics, economics and cultures of resistance and renewal.
The risk we have rn is to think that Trump (and capitalism in general) can be defeated just with demonstrations, just with riots, just with marches. The marches are important as a way of quickly connecting with others, and riots and economically damaging civil resistance can force policy, but we can see what that did during the bush era. A focus just on actions slowly whittled down the radicals of the era as they slowly became democratic partisans or dropped out of politics of turned to self interested exclusionary communes.
What also happens is people start to see radicalism as only meaning actions and writing (see the argument about it being ableist to call for people to do stuff, bc they see doing stuff as rioting). I’ve been guilty of this too but we absolutely need to make it clear that there are more roles available than just black bloc, even if black bloc is important at actions