Every second of every day, social forces and agents of imperialism are in play, working to reproduce this catastrophic system. The question then becomes, what are you doing tonight?

Three things that supporters of anti-imperialist revolution can and must do include the following: developing individual skills and capabilities, and creating personnel situations amenable to contributing on a long term basis; engaging in education; and participating in or initiating projects on the basis promoting a clear understanding of class under capitalist-imperialism along with the need for revolution.

There are not always clear divisions between these things allies should do. In all, they should be seen as part of a strategic initiative to build a broader political culture of radical dialogue in which an accurate summary of global class is understood, to challenge dogmas and chauvinisms on a more widespread basis, and to break the hegemony of First Worldism in both the First World and the Third World. That is to say, all of these things are part of a singular task of solidly supporting revolutionary anti-imperialism.

First, allies of anti-imperialist revolution should look inward. In what ways could one’s life be changed in order to better facilitate political work over the long term. This could be as varied as achieving personnel financial stability, taking better care of one’s health, learning a new language, getting over various anxieties and inhibiting personal issues, developing new practical skills, relocating, etc. These are all things that are mainly initiated and carried by the individual and, while not necessarily directly related to constructive political activity, all increase the long-term potential for such.

Second, allies should engage in education. That is to say, once one figures out that the system is geared against 80% of humanity, that revolution is the only serious solution, and that some revolutionary strategies are better than others, it doesn’t mean they understand these concepts at any great depth or could not gain a deeper understanding of such revelatory knowledge. Allies of revolutionary anti-imperialist revolution should seek out knowledge while maintaining a critical eye. Obviously, this system isn’t going to promote revolutionary ideas and understanding in its media and educational system. Therefore, one must look for and develop upon such revolutionary ideas amidst and in spite of entrenched reactionary ideology. In many cases, education is a solitary task: pouring through texts and reflecting on past experience by oneself. In some case, education can occur as part of a group, the study groups and webforum organized around People’s Liberation University for example. Also, education happens through practice: engaging in social interaction and summing up one’s direct experience.

Finally, revolutionary anti-imperialists should initiate or contribute to projects which promote an accurate understanding and dialogue around the structure of classes under imperialism along with the need for revolutionary redress. These projects can be local cells whose main focus is agitation, political education, and activist work; web projects like Anti-Imperialism.com; media projects like All Power to the Positive!; or projects such as MIM-Prisons which work to organize specific groups within a framework of revolutionary internationalism. These are just some examples of existing projects people can work as part of, but they do not represent the limits of what individuals can do or what our movement can accomplish.

The movement we are building has boundless potential. However, this potential is only realized as new (and old) members take up the initiative and begin contributing. Only through dedicated, politically educated, and engaged members and contributors can we build the requisite movement and discourse to challenge First Worldism and supply the necessary understandings to truly defeat capitalist-imperialism.

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  1. How nice that first world allies only have to educate people and assume no further personal risk. If you really want to support teh proletariat and destroy teh labour aristocracy, perhaps you should risk a little security and fight against immigration policies and fight for open borders.

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    • Thanks for commenting.

      I agree with what you say, in a literal sense.

      Revolutionaries are more than bookworms or internet trolls; they are dedicated, critical, capable, hardworking contributors to the revolutionary movement. That said, revolutionary theory is paramount to revolutionary struggle, without the former there can not be the latter. The problem isn’t that people are not doing enough activism. Even if people did more activism, this would have little decisive influence. The problem is a lack of political education and critical, dedicated oppositional culture which sees a unity between understanding and doing.

      Comrades do need to engage in specific projects and campaigns against imperialism and its facets. They also need to have a solid theoretical foundation: something which isn’t out there to be easily grasped in the US activist movement, even that centered around ‘immigration’ policies. Doing political work should be a given, and it’s taken for granted in the article that the intended audience are those currently, occasionally, or previously involved in struggles as you described. The underlying reason while we study revolutionary theory and engage in the things suggested by the article better contribute to revolutionary struggle overall.

      I do want to raise one further point. While it is an important motivator, we should let all of our actions to be entirely dictated by an urge to ‘do something.’ Rather our actions must by mediated through a correct political analysis of the given situation, something which takes some studying.

      Otherwise, consciousness-raising is an important task for revolutionaries in terms of mass struggles, inner-group groups, and inter-group relations.

      If you have more specific suggestions or comments, I’d love to hear them.

      -Nick

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