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Activism

What is activism?

It is systematic action taken to arrest, reform, correct or redefine concepts, laws, values, customs and systems with target the improvement of everyday quality of life and minimization of the factors causing poverty, hardship, exhaustion and abjection in part or the whole of a population against a seemingly only more powerful group of people.

What defines activism? (that is, what quality makes activism, truly activism)

The only element defining action as activist is the effectiveness they have towards the target they have set.
For example, during the 1930s trade unionism (syndicalism) world wide was indeed and objectively activism. That is because through trade unionism of the time vital rights and protections of the citizens both from the state and the capital holders of the level of multi - millionaires were achieved and established. ( link to Joe Hill)

Unfortunately, however, trade unionism was corrupted and systematically downrated by the state and people who were not trade unionists but party-owned owners and representatives who progressively saw it so that the weapons of trade unionism (i.e. the strike, the demonstration, the sit-down strikes and boycotting up to a point) lost their force and power in the awareness of common opinion and in the effect they have in the state machine and the corporate world. Especially since 1980 there was an eruption of use (and abuse) of these weapons for meaningless issues and minimal or non existent results except for the weariness of common opinion from them.

Therefore, the fall-from-grace of trade unionism in the awareness of the people and its weakening regarding its capacity to affect the state course and the corporate world makes trade unionism in its present form NON ACTIVIST.

The same measure holds for all the political camps, movements, organizations claiming to have activist or resistance motivations and targets: if they can demonstrate through actions results in their moves or being arrested/ gagged through violence (state through the police or military due to inability of the state to legally assert itself) then they are truly activist. If not, they cannot be named that way and we will need to look further to categorize them.

Can a person alone do activism?

Of course he/she can. In essence, throughout history all the true and actual activist movements began after the activist actions (always peaceful) of one single person. (link to Luther, Confucius, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Schindler, Gandhi, Florence Nightingale, Henrique Dynan, and others)

All the people we are listing as examples successfully, peacefully and objectively stood up against the oppressive, illegal and unfounded pressure and violence of a group of people (small or large) which, behind the force of the mob, were acting as more powerful but were proven to be powerless.

But isnít anonymity protection of my person which will stop if I start doing activism?

That is a great myth so that the citizen will be threatened into concessions and conforming to any misdemeanour or breach or his/her rights being enforced on him/her through his/her silence. The legislation proves that people who are named or people of international clout due to their profession or activity or social activism are more protected by the law than any nameless citizen.

Therefore activism by name is protection of our person which anonymity cannot offer.

How can I do activism?

Proper activism is always peaceful and law-abiding. Violence of any kind is the expression of the impotence of the one committing it to enforce what he/she wants through logic and the law. The true activist is rationalist, calm and speaks always with proof and arguments, not simple unfounded and unconfirmed views and admonitions or threatening or fanatic slogans and cliches.

We do activism when:

  1. we keep the limits of our own personality and guard our rights.

  2. we do not step on the rights of others through our actions and words PROVIDED THAT THEY ARE TRULY THEIR ESTABLISHED RIGHTS AND THEY ARE NOT INFRINGING ON OUR OWN.

  3. we do not commit acts of racism towards anyone but not towards ourselves either, keeping the proper balance of pluralism and cohabitation without, however, waive or denounce any of our established rights.

  4. we do not ignore or pardon any injustice or infringement of human right of any social group, whether this group constitutes the majority or the minority, in favour of avoiding anger or 'trouble'.

  5. we offer help when it is asked estimating objectively the best way in which to offer it.

  6. we have the exact same measure for our self and for the others alike. INJUSTICE TO OUR SELF BY OUR OWN SELF IS EXACTLY THE SAME IF NOT GREATER CRIME AND INFRINGEMENT AS THE INJUSTICE TO OUR SELF BY OTHERS OR INJUSTICE BY OUR SELF TO OTHERS.


 

 



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