Revolutionary Diplomacy
Politics and Activism

Revolutionary Diplomacy

Building A Principled Unified Front For The Radical And Revolutionary “Left”, And Separating Unprincipled Confrontation From Revolutionary Action.

Song of the United Front

If one explores the Internet in the political field, a common terminology floats around in groups considered leftist known as the idea of “left unity”. While the ideal of this has positive sentiment that should be recognized and aimed for; the practicality of this idea proves insufficient when actually confronting the ideas of radical and revolutionary change. The problem tends to arise, particularly online, as a result of the ideological differences of the various groups on the left and what becomes considered sectarian conflicts in which arguments of history or long-term mentalities (such as state versus stateless tendencies) result in a paradoxical dead end. This dead end creates repercussions in which failure to organize in real life with those who could easily deal with common goals and common aims ultimately dis-empowers and neuters radical change and revolutionary momentum.

It brings to light the need for diplomacy as a cornerstone of revolutionary movement and collective organizational building. We must recognize that around the world, but in particularly the United States, large-scale movements will have to occur through building coalitions, confederations, and federations between organizations and individuals towards a unified end. The material conditions of the United States has always been built off of federations and coalitions coming together to overcome the challenges of the era. The Great Railroad Strike of 1877 was the closest the United States ever came to full on revolution; and it embodied the unified strength of state and stateless socialists working side-by-side. This event not only demonstrated their unifying capabilities by achieving the first ever Full General Strike; it also demonstrated how quickly a revolutionary wave could sweep over the United States, spreading across seven states and numerous cities, towns, and villages. It also saw the creation of the St. Louis commune, the closest any US city has come to creating a legitimate worker Soviet. It is through this example that we must recognize collective unity as a means of building a unified front.

This is not the idea of some Utopian Unity where everyone gets along with each other and everything magically gets better. This is recognizing the similarities and commonality outweigh the differences. We must not mistaken the flaws of individuals who corrupt organizations for the organizations or the ideologies themselves. Shitty people must be addressed and removed as barriers to the causes of liberation and revolution. But that does not automatically imply that organizations or ideologies that these shitty people originated from are to be blamed for their shitty nature. A principled radical and revolutionary must be recognized in the face of unprincipled barriers. An ideology does not equal an individual. One can critique and have differences in ideological tendencies while still working side-by-side with them. In fact, this is the greatest chances of removing unprincipled individuals from organizational action.

There are 19,505 cities, towns, and villages in the United States as of 2015. The idea that revolutionary change away from the overwhelming strength of capitalism, militarism, imperialism, etc. will happen at the hands of a single party or organization fundamentally contradicts the dialectics of history in the United States, and the overall manner in which revolutionary change must happen. Coalitions and a united front must be recognized as the greatest tool in the arsenal of any revolutionary organization; in order to form collectives that are bound together by principle, not by blind ideology or other insincerities. Trust and solidarity must be between the individuals of these coalitions that bind the organizations into a collective unity. Inevitable fracturing and implosion will result otherwise, not just in dissolving such a coalition; but will also implode inevitably the organizations themselves as they tear one another apart, and internally themselves.

The long road to change ahead is a challenge onto itself. Communities everywhere across the United States and across the world must overcome unprincipled confrontation in exchange for increasing principled action and learning. If the principles of liberation and revolution guide the individuals and organizations standing in solidarity with one another via collective coalitions; the mutual aid alone in dealing with anti-fascist actions, anti-capitalist actions, and other challenges will result in the exponential increase of the strength of those collective. Tendencies must recognize that they can work in coalitions while still acting autonomously: Maoists deal with subject A&B, Anarchists deal with C&D, Marxist-Leninists deal with E&F, Democratic Socialists deal with G&H, etc, etc. A coalition of multiple tendencies like those listed would be able to deal with A-H number of topics and issues; far more extensive than if these tendencies tried acting alone.

We exist in the year 2018 on the precipice of civilization collapse due to the barbarism and contradictions inherent in capitalism. The repercussions of ecological collapse, fascist movements, neoliberal apathy and ignorance will culminate with the extinction of the species. This reality must not be taken lightly and must be recognized as the true issue of our time. Old arguments over history and the superficial sectarian conflicts that consume so much time and energy of the collective “left” is adding fuel to the fire of our own collective suicide. We must not abandon principle, far from it.

We must actualize the principles inherent in the ideas of liberation and revolution in its fight for life and the dignity of the human species. With such a sharpening of principle, the coalitions that form between these various ideals and organizations will allow for the debate over the direction of post revolution topics to occur in an organized manner that retains a unified front. Failure to retain principled unified activity will be the death of us all. It is each and every one of our responsibilities to recognize this reality and act responsibly. To paraphrase an old saying from Shelly, “We are many, they are few.”

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Health and Wellness

This Survey Shows How Quarantine And Drinking Relate, And I Can't Say I'm Surprised

"5 o'clock somewhere" is more of a guideline now than ever.

As it stands, and my friends and I are finally 21. We're extremely excited to be able to go out to bars and "get lit" as the kids say, but due to the pandemic, all of our plans have been put on hold. We'd rather wait and go when it's safe than risk spreading the infection and hurting our loved ones. So, we've all been quarantining apart, getting on the occasional wine zoom call. This made me wonder if anyone else our age were doing the same thing.

Then, I discovered this survey: We Surveyed Millennials And Gen Z About Their Quarantine Drinking Habits — Cheers. Here are 3 things that I discovered through the survey results.

Keep Reading... Show less

5 Easy Summer Mocktail Recipes You Can Make With Items You Probably Already Have On-Hand

Keep these drinks in mind next time you're visiting your local farmer's market — you might want to grab some extra mint and limes.

With Summer 2020 in full swing comes the addition of many fresh fruits and vegetables to brighten up your dinner plate, but also your glass! Farmers markets are my personal favorite place to look for produce that is in season to make fun mocktails with.

Keep Reading... Show less

5 Ways To Celebrate The 4th of July — Without Fireworks Or Social Gatherings

We created a list of things to do since social distancing may create a dent in our typical, planned traditions.

With the Fourth of July on Saturday, the usual tradition of popping fireworks, grilling out, and being surrounded by family has been modified due to the pandemic. Whether you're a loner or surrounded by family, there will most likely be some changes to your celebrations.

For weeks on social media, people across the country have been complaining that they have been subjected to fireworks going off at all times of the night into the early morning. This has sparked concern and questions about why this is happening and how are people even obtaining the fireworks.

Keep Reading... Show less

Carb And Cheese Lovers, Unite — These Are The Best Mac And Cheese Recipes On The Internet

Whether you need to get through the current pandemic or want to spice up your Fourth of July celebrations, these mac and cheese recipes will do just that.

My favorite food is mac and cheese, and it always has been. All it requires is noodles and cheese — it's so simple to make. Although it's my favorite, it can also get kind of mundane because it's such a simple recipe. This, of course, has led to many people all over the world experimenting with the American staple.

With our lives currently being turned upside down due to the pandemic, a lot of people are seeking comfort. These are scary times, and in order to make it day-to-day, we need to have our favorite foods as a standby. These recipes can also be used during your celebration of the Fourth of July.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

17 Things To Make You Feel GOOD This Week

Because some purchases are just necessary.

Y'all, we're struggling. You don't even have to tell me, I know. What a mess we're all in, right? This year is not going how we planned and the world has turned into one giant struggle bus. I guess you could be super philosophical about everything happening for a reason, but sometimes life is just hard.

There are plenty of ways to bring yourself out of whatever rut you're in. You could go for a run, have a snack, or read a book. Or, if you're really looking for an adrenaline rush, go shopping. This is obviously not going to solve the world's problems with one swift click of the "checkout" button, but hey, it may just give you the little boost you need today.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

I Wore A Butt Mask Every Day For A Month, And It's Officially Essential In My Daily Self-Love Routine Now

Thirty days later, my booty's as smooth as a baby's.

- Blissfully unaware that butt-care beyond squats was even something I should be considering in my self-care routine, I tried one of Bawdy Beauty's butt masks for the first time a month ago.

- I've never really given my butt a second though till I took a look at improvements that could be made with the mask — if one of the hydrating, firming, detoxifying, or brightening masks in the kit I received could either smooth out cellulite or tone my skin a bit more, I wasn't going to complain.

- Each Bawdy Beauty sheet mask comes in an individually-packaged sheet, soaked with a serum I massaged into my skin after removing said sheet. The clay butt mask comes in a convenient stick format I simply draw on to my skin and leave to set for about 10 minutes before hopping into the shower.

- I set a goal of committing myself to butt-care every day for one month. Between the regular use of sheet masks, clay masks, and their CBD Butt Balm in between, I didn't have many expectations.

- I thought the whole concept may just be a gimmick, but my butt has never looked so toned in my life, and the cellulite I had is almost completely gone. I wear one every single day when I get the chance.

I'm incredibly skeptical when it comes to marketing ploys and gimmicks in the beauty world. I'll be the first cynic to try out the latest serum on the market every influencer is raving about just to negate every grandiose claim it makes.

Keep Reading... Show less

Friends, you don't have to be quarantined to use a personal massager, you know? Because, sure, quarantine made for a lot of extra quality time with yourself, but no matter what phase of the reopening process you're in, it's normal and actually healthy to take care of your sexual needs on your own.

Keep Reading... Show less

5 Books I Didn't Realize Are About Gay Women

If you read primarily LGBTQ fiction, then this list might help to expand your TBR list.

Photo by Ketut Subiyanto from Pexels

Frequent readers of LGBTQ fiction might feel like they're reading the same book over and over again, with few exceptions.

Most of these books were on my TBR list for months and I didn't realize they were about gay women until I was reading them, hopefully, this list of books can interest you in expanding your reading material and seeking out different stories.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments