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(en) Pakistan, Workers Solidarity Initiative WSI: Lifeboats, Kropotkin and Mutual Aid

Date Sun, 8 Aug 2021 09:58:38 +0300


[In Britain the government venerates Winston Churchill, a man who starved over 4 million to death in India dividing it's people's, facilitated the destruction of the Middle East, ordered a massacre of anti-Nazi protesters in Greece, conceived the Black & Tans to terrorise Ireland. ---- Is it any surprise that to this day the British wreak havoc upon the world and then absolve themselves of any responsibility for the very places and people they are destroying. ---- Today the British government condemns the rescue refugees stranded at sea seeking asylum after fleeing countries they are responsible for destabilising and invading.
This is a statement by our comrades in Leeds Solidarity Federation who can tell us more about the matter - Workers Solidarity Initiative]

Leeds SolFed: The recent declarations by Nigel Farage and the Daily Mail criticising the humanitarian work of the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboats Institution) are nothing less than disgraceful. One thing is to have an opinion on immigration, another is to excoriate the selfless work of an organization whose volunteers have put their own lives at risk to save others, whatever race or nationality, in distress on the high seas.
More than a century ago, the anarchist philosopher and theorist of evolution, the Russian Peter Kropotkin, in his exploration of the bonds that unite humanity through what he termed "mutual aid", outlined why helping others regardless of their origin not only made sense in terms of human progress, but also was a hallmark of what being human is. Kropotkin, in his book on Mutual Aid, detailed how assistance for others was at the heart of the activity of the RNLI:
"The crews consist... of volunteers, whose readiness to sacrifice their lives for the rescue of absolute strangers to them is put every year to a severe test".
On talking to the lifeboat operators, Kropotkin found that even they were not quite sure why they went out night after night, but they knew they should and did it for no material reward. In contrast to the heartlessness, callousness and vicious lack of solidarity of people such as Farage, who has spoken at rallies by Trump and the neo-Nazi party, the AfD in Germany, and the Daily Mail, which has reached new levels of vileness, anarchosyndicalists stand for the free movement of people, we welcome immigrants and refugees, and we support movements that are as generous as they are representative of a society based on equality and anti-discrimination.
No to Farage! Yes to saving lives at sea!
Build a decent and fair society for all by joining our Union."

https://leedssolfed.wordpress.com/category/solidarity-action/
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