Winning things


It is often forgotten that we need to be out to win things, not just to suffer. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will, says Frederick Douglass. What do we need to do to hurt what the bankers and neoliberals hold dear? What do we have to do to make the racists frightened again? What are our demands and what form should they take? We can not fight without an alternative, otherwise we are fighting to stay the same.

Protest is a tactic. This is a time for strategy. Freedom is the ability to set the terms of how you want to live. We have a history of winning things that grew out of small ordinary acts of ordinary people, that slowly but surely built our socialism, the direction we wanted to live. The Trumps of the world go out of their way and spend millions on hoping they can make us forget this fact. Because what neoliberals fear most is self determined communities. They know, more than us, once folk start to win things, no matter how small, they do not give them up easily.

We need to set out to win things and use our wins to build strategy, solidarity and forward thinking. Starting with the local