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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL - Travelogue, A Libertarian Communist in the YPG # 01: Why I'm Here by Redac (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 18 Apr 2017 08:14:26 +0300

With volunteer fighters and fighters. For the revolution in Rojava. A comrade writes us from there. ---- Alternative libertarian reproduces the blog posts Kurdistan-Autogestion-Revolution , travel diary of a fellow committed to the YPG. ---- Over the course of the weeks, he will testify to the life of the fighting militias, the debates that take place there and the experience of democratic confederalism in the liberated zones. ---- Academy of YPG Training for Foreign Volunteers, Canton of Cizérre, April 12, 2017, ---- This blog will be the travel diary of a communist libertarian party joining the revolution in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava). ---- I will try to update it regularly (as far as possible as you can imagine) to keep you informed of all the experiences or discoveries I will make here.

I guess I have to start with a little presentation.

My name is Arthur Aberlin.

In order not to facilitate the lives of our Intelligence friends, even if I suspect that they know I am here, I will not tell you too much about my own history, except that I come from a working Average city. I had the chance to study in a provincial university, but in a field with no outlet. I began to militate in the student movement, before embarking on a libertarian communist organization.

Why did I leave ?

The first reason, of course, is to put into practice my solidarity with the revolution that is taking place in Rojava at the moment. I know that the revolutionary nature of current events is the subject of masturbatory intellectual jousting in our circles, to which I have myself participated.

Nevertheless, after a certain time, I always had more respect for the imperfection of action than for a perfect theory. And I was tired of being a spectator of events happening a few days away from home. The trigger was probably more personal but, as the usual formula says, everything is political.

So after several years of militancy, let's say that I had more and more difficulty to make sense of the militant routine ... And I felt slowly but surely a slow resignation settled in me. I had long looked to the Syrian events ; I cherished the comforting thought that at worst, I could always join this revolution. A fantasy that made me reassure myself as to my quality of revolutionary I suppose.

In short ! One January morning, falling on the online diary of a comrade who had taken the plunge - I hope to meet him to tell him that he is originally, somewhere, a turning point in my life - , I thought I was at a crossroads:

Or I continued a militant rout that did not bring me any greater satisfaction and that I feared an unpleasant ending, disillusioned with my ideals and certainly a lot of alcohol to pass the whole.
Or I concretized my fantasies and walked to the unknown.
The next day my choice was made.

I began to think about how to rally the YPG.

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