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Black Socialists of America
“Reform vs. Revolution” can be a false dichotomy within the context of real Leftist conversation sometimes. We like the concept of “non-reformist reforms” that Kali Akuno of explains in one “Jackson Rising” excerpt, so we’ve decided to share it with quotes below.
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Black Socialists of America May 20
Replying to @BlackSocialists
“None of the system(s) change processes we aim to make can or will be sustained in a non-revolutionary context without structural support and reinforcement from the state.“
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Black Socialists of America May 20
Replying to @BlackSocialists
”The structural support and reinforcement in question entails legal justification, incentives, resource allocation ... monitoring and enforcement from operatives of the state and civil society, meaning civilian institutions that monitor the conduct and performance of government.“
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Black Socialists of America May 20
Replying to @BlackSocialists
“These transformative policy components are fundamentally articulations of ‘non-reformist reforms’. The notion of non-reformist reforms, although conceptually far older than its articulation, was first concretely formulated by Andre Gorz, a French socialist...”
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Black Socialists of America May 20
Replying to @BlackSocialists
“[Gorz] posed the formulation as a means to bridge our short-term engagements for social justice in everyday life to our longer-term vision for an anti-capitalist world.”
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Black Socialists of America May 20
Replying to @BlackSocialists
“The formulation centers on waging struggle for demands and reforms that improve conditions in people’s immediate lives, but which don’t strengthen the capitalist system, but instead subvert its logic, upend its social relations, and dilute its strength.“
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Black Socialists of America May 20
Replying to @BlackSocialists
”These reforms seek to create new logics, new relations, and new imperatives that create a new equilibrium and balance of forces to weaken capitalism and enable the development of an anti-capitalist alternative.”
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Black Socialists of America May 20
Replying to @CooperationJXN
We’ve added a purchase link for “Jackson Rising” featured on the website to the official BSA Resource Guide, as well as more FREE-TO-DOWNLOAD resources! Please feel free to check it all out through the link below:
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Poverty Elemental May 21
"Between social reforms and revolution there exists for the social democracy an indissoluble tie. The struggle for reforms is its means; the social revolution, its aim." -Rosa Luxemburg, Reform or Revolution
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Picture Fishing May 21
Replying to @BlackSocialists
Routinely feel like you all are one of the best reasons to be on Twitter.
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Anarcho-Platonist May 23
Yeah, I've personally never really been very impressed by this dichotomy anyway. The reform vs revolution question seems to me to be a question of strategy, there's nothing intrinsically desirable about either of them. Sometimes reform is an option and is useful, sometimes not.
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All Cops Are Dutton May 24
I don't know whose quote this is but it was said at an anarcho-syndicalist lecture I went to, "revolutionaries make the best reformists".
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Heathen🌻Murphy May 24
Reminds me of the Communalist concept of a minimum program ( Reforms) that is always in the context of a transformative program pointing to our maximal goals. Great thread!
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#August21 anti-repression Jun 2
Yeah the perpetual question is how to avoid recuperation. A core feature of oppressive structures: their ability to make use of almost anything thrown at them. Offer crumbs and tokens to maintain illusion of improvement, while morphing systems to persist fundamentally intact.
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CHANOSAZO Jun 8
Part of the Jackson Kush plan involves a strategic intervention within the democratic party. This should be an interesting thing to discuss in light of this notion of non-reformist reforms.
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BalrogWhisperer Jun 27
Hmmmm... I would double check and verify that statement.
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CHANOSAZO Jun 27
"34-year-old attorney and son of Chokwe Lumumba, the epic Southern radical who served as mayor until his death in 2014, won big—grabbing 55 percent of the vote in a multi-candidate Democratic primary that included the incumbent mayor and other prominent local political figures."
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CHANOSAZO Jun 27
just double checked and verified it.
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