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.