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(en) Czech, AFED: We do what we can -- We have our dreams and we follow them. The anarchist federation is entering the new year. [machine translation]

Date Thu, 14 Jan 2021 09:57:05 +0200

The Anarchist Federation (AF) was founded in 1995 and since then has had the same goal - to organize anarchists who want to overcome the existing relationship of domination and subordination that would lead to the creation of a free, self-governing and bottom-up society. We have far-reaching goals, but on a practical level we can realize our visions partly now and here. ---- Some of us study, most then go to work or work on various contracts, so that it is up to where to live, and when we do, there is also something left to cover the costs associated with various political and non-political activities. We are against capitalism, but we feel trapped in it, trapped in economic and social relations over which we have little influence. We know that our lives are largely shaped by the needs of capital, which sees us only as human resources that are forced to undermine it for the sake of bare survival.

Nevertheless, we do not give up the anarchist vision, a society where we would be masters of our own lives on the basis of free agreements, where we would give according to our possibilities and take according to our needs. And so we try, as far as possible, to create at least small free spaces that stand outside capitalism, and if possible against it. We do what we can. But we do not want to sacrifice the rest of our lives to political activism, we want to live above all. That is why our activism is in a way connected with freedom and life. It is reflected in how we shape our communities, how we treat each other, with whom we establish cooperation, in which areas we are involved. Each according to their abilities, possibilities and specific interest.

We know that the world is troubled by hundreds and thousands of problems, most of which have the same denominator - the desire for power, whether political or economic. Capitalism and authoritarianism seek to gain new territories and maintain power and profits on those already conquered. This in turn entails social inequalities, exploitation, war, human and animal suffering, plunder of nature, climate destruction, species extinction, trampling on labor rights, racism, nationalism, etc.

We would like to be on all fronts where the privileged are fighting for their rights and power is being raised. We would like to support all communities that are fighting for their autonomy. We would like to enter into all matches that we consider important. And that there are. We would like to inform you all about it. We would like to express our solidarity, belonging and love to all the fighting people down there in all corners of the world. We would like to help all those who suffer and feed all the hungry.

There are not thousands of us, but we do what we can. We do not intend to confess to anyone that we do not pay attention to this and that we do not inform about this or that problem. We do what we can. And we will not sacrifice our lives in a naive effort to save the world. We don't want to save anyone. We don't want to solve his problems for anyone. We don't want to tell anyone what or how to do it. We don't want to appropriate foreign battles. We do not want to promote ourselves. We don't want to lead anyone, just as we don't want to be led. We get inspired and we want to be our own inspiration on how to live a freer life.

We have our personal and collective desires. We have our lives. We are bound by friendship, we feel like comrades to each other, despite the way this concept has been discredited by the previous regime and the fact that we do not usually use it in our public speeches. There are things we want to do with others. We realize that as individuals we are not as strong as when we act together.

Organization gives us opportunities that we do not have as a lone individual. Capitalism wants us to be atomized. Our answer is a collectivity that respects a free individual. For us, the organization is a tool for the development of ourselves, our local groups and projects that go across regions and teams. Organization for us is not closing ourselves to a bubble and playing on our own sand, it is an opportunity for us to be open, to participate in activities going across different groups and individuals.

We do what we can, and in doing so we always keep in mind the basic anarchist principles of equality, freedom and mutual assistance. We don't care if we are not enough anarchists for some or dangerous others for others. We are happy to hear criticism and comments, but we will always form our policies and specific activities and alliances according to our own, if possible on the basis of consensus within our individual groups, or the federation as a whole.

It would be very nice to be part of a mass revolutionary organization. If there were conditions for its origin and existence, it would undoubtedly already exist. We do not drown in revolutionary ideas and skepticism of unfulfilled wishes. Fight is the way. Now we are following it in the number of several dozen people. Someone joins, someone disconnects and goes their own way. Maybe that journey will connect us with millions of other unprivileged people one day. Maybe not. We will not collapse from this possibility. We will continue on the path of anarchy and do what we can.

If you want to go on this journey with us, organize, for example, within the Anarchist Federation.

If you want to learn more about anarchism, read the brochure Anarchism for Beginners , which has just been published by our publishing house.

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