Anarchist black cross support Leninists

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Jun 16 2012 13:12
Anarchist black cross support Leninists

Why do the ABC do stupid shit like support Mumia and a bunch of reactionary anti working class cunts?
Mumia was in the BPP(Maoist/nationalist), supported North Korea, multiple African dictators and pretty much was and is an anti working class knob head.

Why are Anarchists supporting someone who believes in continuing the workers misery by calling for a state and an authoritarian dictatorship, supporting regimes that starve and super exploit its working class and if he had his way post revolution would line Anarchists up and shoot them in the head?

The enemy of the state is not automatically the ally of the working class and I would not cry if a fascist was locked up for life but seemingly if its a "left wing" authoritarian pro state anti working class cunt locked up its time for support??

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Jun 16 2012 21:07

I would say it has something to do with anarchists being for prison abolition. I wouldn't really call the BPP "anti-working class" considering they did a lot of solid organizing in building class power and autonomy. Were their politics off? Yes, but their practice was lively and innovative, and something we can learn from. A better question is -- why weren't anarchists active in the black and brown communities, because if they were it may have been an anarchist federation rather than a maoist-insprired leninist group doing that organizing.

At any rate, standing in solidarity with all prisoners is important because all prisons suck. Not only that, but it's pretty obvious Mumia was put away as the result of a white supremacist system. Having listened to various interviews and read some of his written work, I think the man has a lot of solid ideas and some not so solid ones. The bad stuff doesn't mean I think he should be imprisoned.

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Jun 16 2012 21:40

Nazi groups have had community programs to raise support, same as the KKK have in some areas, does this make these groups pro worker?

"Progressive nationalist" groups, conservatives and practically every ideological group have, this is not an indication of pro worker direction.

I suffered from the idea of a victim or progressive force, whether in imperialist war, civil war, or just groups fighting the state claiming to be more progressive, now I realize that Anarchism is the only thing that can really emancipate the workers, so I cut all that other shit out.

Why focus on helping anti working class reactionaries out of some idea of prison abolition, when we could just work to revolution and anarchism, that would lead to prison abolition.

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Jun 16 2012 21:42
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The bad stuff doesn't mean I think he should be imprisoned.

If you did not support a "revolutionary state" that had emerged through revolution in the USA with the BPP and other Leninist vanguards becoming the ruling party of a dictatorial state, he would be fine with the majority of libcom being imprisoned, interrogated, shot and gulag-ed.

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Jun 16 2012 22:03
SoftensSmoothsAndRelievesDrySkin wrote:
Nazi groups have had community programs to raise support, same as the KKK have in some areas, does this make these groups pro worker?

That's a strawman and a half. Are you really comparing the BPP to the KKK? Really??

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I suffered from the idea of a victim or progressive force, whether in imperialist war, civil war, or just groups fighting the state claiming to be more progressive, now I realize that Anarchism is the only thing that can really emancipate the workers, so I cut all that other shit out.

I think anarchism is liberation, I think specifically libertarian communism is true liberation, but that does not mean I only work with libertarian communists or do work that serves them. Why do work with anyone who doesn't hold onto a pure, untarnished (sarcasm there) theory? Most prisoners are not anarchists, so why does anarchist black cross bother at all to support anyone?

You have to meet people where they're at.

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Why focus on helping anti working class reactionaries out of some idea of prison abolition, when we could just work to revolution and anarchism, that would lead to prison abolition.

Anti-repression work is important for a number of reasons. First off, in the case of the us, we have a unique history of white supremacy as a driving force behind capital. I'm not going to quote prison statistics at you, but it should be obvious the communities that suffer the most state repression are black and brown. The anarchist milieu in the us is overwhelmingly white and male, and a recent essay by Gayge Operaista explores the idea that that is largely the result of the type of work we do. I've also written about an anarchist strategy that puts combatting patriarchy and specifically white supremacy on the forefront of what we do to build a better composition within our ranks. I would feel dumb quoting my own work so I won't but I think people have put it on libcom (also Gayge is way smarter than me).

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Jun 16 2012 22:14
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SoftensSmoothsAndRelievesDrySkin wrote:
Nazi groups have had community programs to raise support, same as the KKK have in some areas, does this make these groups pro worker?

That's a strawman and a half. Are you really comparing the BPP to the KKK? Really??

yes both may have differing ideologies but are not for the abolition of the state, hierarchy and the workers directly and democratically controlling the means of production and both support nationalist regimes and authoritarianism, they are both reactionary and thus can be lumped together in the category: Does NOT work!

If as a lib com you understand that nothing less than lib com can lead to workers freedom, why support anything else, knowing, no matter how much you sympathize with its followers, other ideologies will not and never can lead to human freedom?

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Jun 16 2012 22:18

Most workers are not anarchists ? Why support them Soften ?

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Jun 16 2012 22:19

Don't really understand why you care. Are you in an ABC branch? Were you? Do you want to be? If the answer to all 3 is 'No', I don't get where you are coming from. ABC supports political prisoners, which includes leftists we might not agree with. I don't see the problem with this. A lot of the struggles these folks were once a part of are done and gone. Sometimes there's no one else there. Also, there have been a number of prisoners, some of them former BPP, that have become anarchists or sympathetic because of the good work people have done. Not to mention its a way to build links to prisoners, who, as we've seen in California and Georgia recently, have their own struggles, too.

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Jun 16 2012 23:01

I just don't get the distinction of not supporting a fascist, but supporting a Stalinist, both would kill you and do not support the working class.

Why do I care... so if you ask a question on a subject just shut up cos why do you even care??

why do antifascists care if you go on a KKK march, or a national socialist rally? maybe i think offering support to cunts is wrong?

supporting Leninist's in prison is the same sort of thing so called anarchists sometimes (rarely) do with things like supporting "Palestine and its chosen faction" or supporting the ANC, or voting for the democrats, it is basically supporting an individual or group that is reactionary in some idea of the lesser of two evils or the idea that someone can be progressive without being revolutionary.

as for :Most workers are not anarchists ? Why support them Soften ?

really that is the worst argument ever, we support the workers because they are the revolutionary force in society and the only ones capable of making revolution, I am a worker so i support workers struggles to benefit my own material conditions...

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Jun 16 2012 23:00
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Don't really understand why you care. Are you in an ABC branch? Were you? Do you want to be? If the answer to all 3 is 'No', I don't get where you are coming from. ABC supports political prisoners, which includes leftists we might not agree with. I don't see the problem with this. A lot of the struggles these folks were once a part of are done and gone. Sometimes there's no one else there. Also, there have been a number of prisoners, some of them former BPP, that have become anarchists or sympathetic because of the good work people have done. Not to mention its a way to build links to prisoners, who, as we've seen in California and Georgia recently, have their own struggles, too.

calling them Anarchists is generous, they seem to concentrate on race and support reactionary forces in so called wars of liberation, they also seeming pissed that they are not some big figures in the anarchist movement, cry racism and say all anarchist groups have an attitude of shut up nigger and don't listen to them or give them a voice, this is the most ridiculous load of crap spouted by identity politicos who cling to the dead memory of Huey and Jackson and never actually utilize the Marxist analysis of society, then when you criticize their views your automatically euro centric and have a white mindset lol.

I have been called a white devil and a "ideological colonizer" by supporters and fan girls of Elder Freeman and alston online because as we know, criticizing supporting republicanism in western Europe is hating black people.

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Jun 16 2012 23:07

Honestly you come off as a foaming at the mouth wingnut. Comparing the BPP to the KKK is just lunacy and a good way to get people to just stop engaging with you, which is exactly what's I'm going to do starting now.

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Jun 17 2012 00:06
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Honestly you come off as a foaming at the mouth wingnut. Comparing the BPP to the KKK is just lunacy and a good way to get people to just stop engaging with you, which is exactly what's I'm going to do starting now.

I imagine Maoists and Leninist's have a much higher negative impact on the masses than the KKK, seeing as Maoist and ML forces controlled massive areas of the planet and were super dictatorial, they were inefficient and murderous, democratic centralism, a state, standing military and wage slavery in the name of emancipation being a rather redundant idea, it was never going to end well.

How is denouncing Stalinist's anything like a wing nut, they criticize them for being progressive, anarchists criticize them for being murdering cunts who support a state capitalist system that gives the workers nothing.

you sound like a teenager who can only comprehend criticism of Leninist's coming from the christian right, right now.

Are you the guy who duped every member of the SWP into believing that calling Islam stupid and reactionary is hateful and automatically means you support the wars???

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Jun 17 2012 05:46

agree with juan and lou...

the anarchist black cross is a prisoner support group for all prisoners not just for anarchist political prisoners.

anarchists don't think we make anarchy by making everyone an anarchist or defending communities and organizations of only anarchists...we want freedom and the self-emancipation of the vast majority of the working class and oppressed.

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Jun 17 2012 07:58

As some LibCom admins and posters have found, the most important thing when discussing prisoner support is to keep a cool head.

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Jun 17 2012 10:09

well if the ABC are ok with supporting stalinists why don't they support neo nazi's and nationalists?

Juan has not explained the difference.

How is supporting a stalinist who supports a state, authoritarianism and does not support workers control any different from supporting a fascist, who believes in a state, authoritarianism and does not believe in the workers controlling the means of production?

Without a sarky comment or some answer without an answer, how is it any different to support a reactionary draped in red than it is to support one draped in a swastika?

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Jun 17 2012 10:15
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agree with juan and lou...

the anarchist black cross is a prisoner support group for all prisoners not just for anarchist political prisoners.

anarchists don't think we make anarchy by making everyone an anarchist or defending communities and organizations of only anarchists...we want freedom and the self-emancipation of the vast majority of the working class and oppressed.

O.o

How is this relevant, do you do this by supporting people who do not believe in a free society without exploitation and hierarchy,or do you do it by organizing with your fellow workers with the aim of taking over the workplace and having the workers seize the means of production and totally restructure society in a radical and democratic way (not pacifist i just mean not dictatorial)

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Jun 17 2012 10:24

ABC don't support NAMBLA, rapists, pedophiles, would not support mafia members, would not support fascists or ultra nationalists, yet they support people who support the North Korean state, and even fucking the Romanian one grin

Mumia and other prisoners ABC support, supported the PRC and USSR, so it is not cool to support someone who blew up an abortion clinic, or stabbed immigrants or loves Hitler and hates Jews, but supporting someone, who supported the PRC when millions of people died from the great leap forward, supported stalinst genocide in Chechnya and preventable famine in Ukraine, supported both states despite the fact the workers had it worse there than we have it and had no right's and could not even strike.

your politics are certainly populist, your like the George Galloway of anarchism!

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Jun 17 2012 11:18
SoftensSmoothsAndRelievesDrySkin wrote:

as for :Most workers are not anarchists ? Why support them Soften ?

really that is the worst argument ever, we support the workers because they are the revolutionary force in society and the only ones capable of making revolution, I am a worker so i support workers struggles to benefit my own material conditions...

Sarcasm.

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Jun 17 2012 11:55

Alright then, I'll give this as a go as I'm ill and have fuck all else happening on my Sunday..

The first thing I'd say here is that prison support work is often very messy and I'm not sure how exactly I would engage with it, generally (for instance, I'm unsure about providing 'support' - not even sure what that means tbh - for those inside for non-political things i.e. if I went to prison on a drugs charge I wouldn't expect support from the anarchist movement).. however, from your quote, there's one bit that doesn't quite sit with me. Basically when you say..

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Mumia and other prisoners ABC support, supported the PRC and USSR, so it is not cool to support someone who blew up an abortion clinic, or stabbed immigrants or loves Hitler and hates Jews, but supporting someone, who supported the PRC when millions of people died from the great leap forward, supported stalinst genocide in Chechnya and preventable famine in Ukraine, supported both states despite the fact the workers had it worse there than we have it and had no right's and could not even strike.

..you're comparing someone who has done something terrible (blowing up an abortion clinic, stabbing an immigrant) to someone who supports governments who have done something terrible (supports the Chinese government, North Korea etc).. you can't compare the two, imo..

As for BPP are the same as the KKK.. hmm, I think you know the difference here. Class struggle is not just about the final goal but also about building class power now. When you go to a demonstration or picket line, you could well be alongside people who have strange (or even offensive, depending where you come from) ideas about foreign dictatorships. But if it kicks off and someone gets sent down for fighting with scabs/police/whatever, I think you should support them on that basis rather than withold support because they have the incorrect line on North Korea. Same goes for the BPP, for all their faults (which a lot of people, especially me when I was younger, like to gloss over), they did a lot to build working class power in their day.. I'm not sure what the KKK have ever done to build working class power, however..

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Jun 17 2012 12:05

~ 20 years ago, I have also supported members of Jehovah's Witnesses who have suffered harsh prison sentences for not doing national service in Greece, italy and Hungary and I supported self-identified liberals and christian-democrats from Zaire against the threat of deportation from Germany to their home country

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Jun 17 2012 12:58
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(for instance, I'm unsure about providing 'support' - not even sure what that means tbh - for those inside for non-political things i.e. if I went to prison on a drugs charge I wouldn't expect support from the anarchist movement)

I actually think there is a big problem with anarchists either not being interested in or just ignoring the needs of social prisoners for support. First of, it assumes their crime is in someway not political. I think that's a liberal attitude towards it, that claims that politics is only found in doing super cool shit like black bloc or whatever, and generally lacks a critique of everyday life.

Second, I think its important because anarchists should also think and reflect upon punishment for anti-social behavior in their post-revolutionary vision. There are very real issues we have to grapple with, such as dealing with rapists or murderers. Since prisons, we acknowledge, are undesirable, what do we do with people like them? Take them out back behind the chemical shed?

The specific instance you note, of a drug deal, why wouldn't you expect support from anarchists? You should! That's totally a bullshit charge and, in my opinion, clearly a political issue.

So far as work around prison work goes, I think you're right in that even though I've done some minor work with it, I don't really know the best way to support prisoners (though honestly just asking them what they need is a good place to start). And being separated by prison means we can only play a limited role. I think only doing prisoner support work is foolhardy anyways. It should play a role in organizing that builds power, but it won't be an end-all-be-all since prisons will continue to exist until we abolish them (this all is generally why I think activism doesn't work).

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Jun 17 2012 14:10
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Alright then, I'll give this as a go as I'm ill and have fuck all else happening on my Sunday..

The first thing I'd say here is that prison support work is often very messy and I'm not sure how exactly I would engage with it, generally (for instance, I'm unsure about providing 'support' - not even sure what that means tbh - for those inside for non-political things i.e. if I went to prison on a drugs charge I wouldn't expect support from the anarchist movement).. however, from your quote, there's one bit that doesn't quite sit with me. Basically when you say..

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Mumia and other prisoners ABC support, supported the PRC and USSR, so it is not cool to support someone who blew up an abortion clinic, or stabbed immigrants or loves Hitler and hates Jews, but supporting someone, who supported the PRC when millions of people died from the great leap forward, supported stalinst genocide in Chechnya and preventable famine in Ukraine, supported both states despite the fact the workers had it worse there than we have it and had no right's and could not even strike.

..you're comparing someone who has done something terrible (blowing up an abortion clinic, stabbing an immigrant) to someone who supports governments who have done something terrible (supports the Chinese government, North Korea etc).. you can't compare the two, imo..

As for BPP are the same as the KKK.. hmm, I think you know the difference here. Class struggle is not just about the final goal but also about building class power now. When you go to a demonstration or picket line, you could well be alongside people who have strange (or even offensive, depending where you come from) ideas about foreign dictatorships. But if it kicks off and someone gets sent down for fighting with scabs/police/whatever, I think you should support them on that basis rather than withold support because they have the incorrect line on North Korea. Same goes for the BPP, for all their faults (which a lot of people, especially me when I was younger, like to gloss over), they did a lot to build working class power in their day.. I'm not sure what the KKK have ever done to build working class power, however..

So if they had not blown up an abortion clinic or stabbed an immigrant, but politically they supported groups that did, would you support that pro fascist prisoner, or do you view a Stalinist as somehow less ideologically horrible than a fascist?

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Jun 17 2012 14:19

@ Softens

I set up an ABC group in Newcastle 20 years ago - probably when every large city had one. There were 3 committed members with a couple of others prepared to help. In that time we supported some pretty dubious characters that in truth I wouldn't touch with a barge pole on a social level. Why? Because we believed they were fitted up. Finding anarchists in prison to support was surprisingly tough! So, yes, the ABC does support some odd-bods - but if these people are fitted up, then they usually get the thumbs up. Also, the ABC supports class-struggle prisoners - people you might not agree with politically.
The ABC back then was an easy target to criticise being essentially cells of people who chose to do whatever they wanted in the name of the ABC - a big part of my reason for leaving.
If you want to change it - you have to join. But it's testing work and requires great patience and resolve, imo.

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Jun 17 2012 14:28

Hmm, a lot to respond to here and I feel there are a couple of words being used that I'm not sure we're using in the same way.. like, say, 'support'.. what is 'support'? Is it sending in books/magazines etc? Is it providing legal advice? Is it paying legal fees? Is it campaigning for release?

The other one is 'political'.. so you say getting sent down for drug dealing would be a 'political issue' and in a sense I agree (lack of opportunities leading to drug dealing, disproportionate targeting of low-end street dealers etc). But its massively different from someone in prison for an illegal strike or beating up a nazi or whatever.. the first is political in as much as our existence is political, the second is about struggle against the nature of that existence.

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The specific instance you note, of a drug deal, why wouldn't you expect support from anarchists? You should! That's totally a bullshit charge and, in my opinion, clearly a political issue.

I would expect my friends who are anarchists to support me, but then I'd expect support from non-anarchist friends as well.. stuff like sending me letters, books, magazines etc.. but what more support should an anarchist organisation give me? Should they pay for my lawyer? Campaign for my release?

My instinct (though I'm not certain on this by any means) is to say no to both just coz there are absolutely SHITLOADS of people in prison and as a movement we just don't have the resources.

That's not to say that I'm against supporting prisoners (that would be mental). Those in prison for participation in struggle should get full support from the movement (legal fees, advice, campaigns, letters, everything); those inside for crimes unrelated to struggles I guess would be more case-by-case, depending on the crime, depending on the person, the relationship built up with them over time etc but for starters, I'd say sending them stuff to read and establishing regular contact would be enough.

Another problem related to this, which I think you mentioned, is the specific crime. Rapists and paedophiles would seem off-limits to everyone, I think. What about murderers? Burglars? Heroin and crack dealers? I don't have any hard rules for any of these cases (and maybe you can't make them) but its a fucking difficult set of questions in any case..

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I think only doing prisoner support work is foolhardy anyways.

The thing with this though, is that prisoner support is fucking hard work, even with quite a small number to support. The stakes are massive as letting prisoners down is a huge failure. And if you're gonna be doing prisoner support for any prisoner who comes to you, I think its inevitable that you'll be doing it full-time.

Like you say, prisoner support is a part of our movement. But exactly how it gets done is the really important part, I think.

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Jun 17 2012 14:33
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So if they had not blown up an abortion clinic or stabbed an immigrant, but politically they supported groups that did, would you support that pro fascist prisoner, or do you view a Stalinist as somehow less ideologically horrible than a fascist?

I feel like you didn't read the paragraph after the one that you put in bold as I think it relates directly to what you're asking here. I'd also re-read Entdinglichung's post about this as well, as they said in about 60 words what I tried to say in 600.. smile

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Jun 17 2012 14:36

Ed - although it's a constant debate, the line on smack dealers was that they fitted into the box marked anti-social criminals and the rule was they weren't supported. It could be different now...

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Jun 17 2012 15:15

@ Ed --

Right on, I agree with everything you've said in that last post. You mentioned defining support, and I think that is an important thing to consider (I don't have the answer to this, but I think some of the things you mention are part of what it means to support).

Another part of anti-prison/pro-prisoner work I think is not adequately developed is around the economic exploitation they face. I remember, maybe a year ago, reading about in Mississippi in the US that state authorities were clamping down on undocumented migrant workers, but then putting them back to work in the fields as prisoners. Admittedly I did not follow this story well, and I don't know what's happening there now, but the scenario seemed nightmarish to say the least.

At any rate, I don't mean to cop-out on an answer for a lot of your questions but the truth is I don't know a good answer to a lot of them, and I adamantly believe in collectively coming to a course of action, so I'd say my lone analysis would not do the issue justice. I can say though, I think a serious effort to fight back against repression will take significant self-organization within prisons themselves. We would probably do well to study groups that organized in prison and how they did this (the BPP is one of those groups, coincidentally).

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Jun 17 2012 15:22
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Ed - although it's a constant debate, the line on smack dealers was that they fitted into the box marked anti-social criminals and the rule was they weren't supported. It could be different now...

Dealers are proletarian and I would support them for the most part, same as I would support armed robbers, however Stalinists, fascists, cunts of a political nature are different.

These people understand (Leninists do anyway) the nature of the state and hierarchy and the means of production yet support both and would support keeping the latter out of our hands, they are actively and knowingly going against my class interest as a worker and I don't see why i should do anything to help the twats.

Your local drug dealer is usually from a poor background, shit upbringing for the most part and does what he does to get by and earn a bit of scratch and before industry and blue collar jobs were shipped abroad probably would of been part of the working poor, hardly the same scope of evil is it.

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Jun 17 2012 15:37

Since this seemed somewhat interesting, I figured I'd throw out the idea of a need to support prisoners in general, including white supremacists if they accept our assistance. One can give criticism of national liberation and white supremacy. One can also express the need for prison abolition at the same time, open up the possibility of prison gangs needing to break down the barriers of their political views.

White supremacy in prison often is very powerful and makes it difficult for people with developing contrary views to break from the flock. Some feel compelled to join ideologies of authority and/or hate for protection in prison, but to open the door could be beneficial to breaking away inside the prison system or outside when free of such influences.

I don't know, I don't give prisoner support and if I did, I'd rather support anarchists, but if resources can be generated by supporting prisoners in general, the best way to show this general support is by giving critical support, offering prisoners materials that debunk authoritarian mindsets if they are willing to accept such material.

However, as an anarchist, if a Leninist was in prison for attempting a political coup, attacking anarchists or attacking things anarchists support, I'd rather support be given to someone else, just as I would feel towards white supremacists.

I'd agree that often times, if one is in jail for hate crimes as a white supremacist, there are others that would be better suited to receive support with limited resources. At the same time, Leninists in prison for political crimes tend to be in there for things that aren't "enemy" behaviors, so I wouldn't block support of them if people really wanted to give support.

Democratic and Republican politicians would probably not ever receive support for their political activities. However, I could see supporting a democrat that performed a political crime for the purposes of helping poor people. I could also see supporting a republican that performed a political crime in the name of helping individual freedom if it also somehow was aimed at helping exploited or oppressed people.

A democratic politician in jail for blocking the closing of a soup kitchen, a republican in jail for vigilante violence against government agents who were locking up people in drug war sweeps could happen. On the other hand, main stream political types tend to have broader bases of support that don't need anarchist support and probably would reject it.

I don't know if this helps, but to be for prison abolition means accepting some of the worst consequences of such a position as well as the best. Challenging ones views for prison abolition doesn't just mean supporting people locked away because of laws many people think are stupid. It is a complete view, otherwise a prison abolition view is not tenable.

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Jun 17 2012 15:41

@ Softens
Leave aside your comments about dealers; if what you're saying is you'd only support people of the same political persuasion as yourself then you should brace yourself for diminishing returns.

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Jun 17 2012 16:03

Softens, I'm not at all sure about what you're saying.. I mean, yeah, your average smack dealer is probably from a working class background, but they're fucking up their own community and class with what they're doing.

Whereas you'll meet Leninists who are also working class and active in their workplaces, building our class' collective strength and self-confidence.. I mean, they'll probably also do shite stuff like saying 'Vote Labour', 'trust the union' etc but there have been a fair amount of Leninists who've done some great organising (all the US car factory workers who joined the Community Party, the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, Lotta Continua etc etc the list is endless.. shit, I've even met British Trots who do great workplace organising!)..

But from your post above, it seems to me that you'd rather do prisoner support for a smack dealer sent down for selling heroin in their community (because in another reality you think they would've been part of the working poor) than a Leninist taking part in an illegal strike (because in another reality you think they would be sending anarchists to the gulags).

But the important thing isn't other 'realities', its this one. And if you go to prison standing up for your/our class interests, then its our duty to stand with you regardless of your opinions on formerly existing dictatorships, I reckon.

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At any rate, I don't mean to cop-out on an answer for a lot of your questions but the truth is I don't know a good answer to a lot of them

Yeah, fair enough.. there's actually a poster on libcom who I think does a lot of prisoner support work (anarchistsolidarity), and I'd be interested to hear their opinion on this..