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Ishkah wrote

I knew a lot of this already, but I'm always glad to read evidence of wrongdoing to get a fuller picture on the region. I'm particularly interested in the exporting of the process of 'Tekmil' back into anarchist spaces in the UK:

Tekmil is an instrument of collective reflection. The historical root of what we know as tekmil can be traced to authoritarian communist traditions, such as Stalinism. Although, Mao was the first one among these traditions to put so much emphasis and importance to the methods of criticisms and self-criticism.

- Tekmil: A Tool For Collective Reflection

I would love to do a long-term psychological study on people who went through this, what their thoughts were on their experiences 1 year later, 5 years later and 10 years later. It doesn't half sound culty, but I'm open to the possibility it incidentally had a positive impact on most peoples lives due to there having not been any real culture of criticism in their lives at all before hand, healthy or not.

I wanted to go out there when the Syrian Civil War first started, I know people have gone over to work as doctors, farmers, architects and soldiers. I still think it would be immensely valuable for people with a strong headspace to go, come back and spread their first hand experience of the war Turkey is waging now, and any potential progress towards an anarchist society.

Here's one piece of counter evidence about the potential increase in women's autonomy anyways:

How our feminist ideals incorporated into their praxis because I know there's a strong focus on feminism when anyone talks about Rojava or the Kurds?

Yes so there's obviously the Yekîneyên Parastina Jin which is the YPJ, the women's protection units, so that's a big part of it, they set up a lot of women's houses which are, it's hard to describe, I've been to a couple for a short amount of time, but they're essentially some sort of mix between family planning advice Center, domestic violence shelter and a barracks, in some cases.

Because it's a very violently patriarchal society in many ways and so you kind of have this sort of thing where a woman will escape a forced marriage or a violent home and come to the woman's house and the father, the brothers, the husband and his father and brothers and everything will come along to try and get them back and when a woman with a machine gun pops up on the roof, they generally reconsider.

In that sense they're taking a very direct woman controlled approach to facing these things head-on, it's one thing that they don't compromise with, on economics that's one thing, but they do not compromise on the women's rights, and that sometimes bring them into opposition with the more you know conservative and patriarchal elements of society, but the kind of benefits are there that generally all you gas out of it is just you know the old husband's complaining that they can't tell their wives or daughters anything anymore.

Yeah so there’s that and in the actual councils there's a 40% gender quota so essentially if there's you know 60% women on a council on the larger councils there aren't allowed to be any more there's forty percent men as the rest the council and likewise if there's sixty percent men then there has to be 40% women and this they will do things like you know they will delay the council meeting until all these men who have come and said oh well my wife couldn't come because she's busy they tell the man to go home do whatever work the woman was supposed to be doing and sent the woman to the council otherwise they won't help them sort of thing so yeah it's very important part of the practice and is the thing that they're most successful at. …

There's also things like one of my best came out in fact most of my best commanders well those out there were women very varying different levels so this is another thing at all levels of the hierarchy sort of thing there are a man and a woman with a kind of equal position but the the woman can give orders to men so you know low like my equivalent of a captain I suppose could order around the you know platoons of male soldiers in the YPG but a man cannot do the same to the woman they can suggest to the ypj that they should do something and you know often there in the interests of fighting the same war or whatever so they'll do it but they can't command them they can't order them if if a if a male YPG member commits a offense against a ypj it's the ypj and their command structure that deal with it and there's nothing we can do about it so say this is very unlike to happen but you know men being men say a man was sexually assault a member of the ypj then the ypj could come along with their rifles and everything drag him off and punish him in whatever the way they saw fit and we won't be allowed to raise a finger or protest you know it's deal with not for us. …

People often joke that if you assault a ypj they could just drag you off and shoot you, and that's not quite true but they're a lot more likely to say platform a man where essentially they have to stand in front of like all the ypj in the region while each one lays out exactly why what they did was wrong at great length and like kind of shame of them in front of everyone that's quite a common punishment for sort of intermediate kind of crimes or offenses or whatever crimes isn't quite the right word for some things that you would get that kind of treatment for, but yeah.

- On the Rojavan Revolution with Josh Walker, YPG Veteran


commanderbookchin wrote

Why do white boys get so excited at the thought of a brown girl having a seat on a council or training to use a gun or some other bullshit? Holy shit.

As for Commander Josh Walker, YPG Veteran and White Savior of Brown Women the World Over - these boys spend a lot of money going to Rojava. They need a story to tell when they come home, and 'err, I mostly just sat in an apartment in the city sending tweets' isn't gonna win them any clout at their local social center.

Abdullah Öcalan played y'all.


Ishkah wrote (edited )

I don't really care to get into a debate with a pseudo-post-identity-politics-anarchist who is so deeply immersed in idpol that you see spooky performative idpol arguments everywhere, even when all I was doing is just positing evidence of a position along a reformist spectrum.


scarredd wrote

Something else to consider:

When the well-meaning euros/yankees come home after a 'tour' or whatever, notice that the cops in their home states never bother them. Surely if they were all battle hardened anti-authoritarians the security forces would be all over them? The CIA etc know exactly what's going on over there, and they know it's no threat to them. A young Muslim man coming home from Iran, on the other hand...


RanDomino wrote

(forced demographic change)

The fact that you're still peddling this bullshit (your link doesn't even explain what the specific accusation is) is enough to dismiss everything you're saying.


TheNerdyAnarchist wrote

Hey, comrade - I noticed you got really quiet on Reddit after your "they didn't raise Assad's flags" lie was shown to be...well, a lie.

What happened there?


RanDomino wrote


TheNerdyAnarchist wrote

I responded to that several times.

The "nuh-uh!" argument is...less than convincing.


RanDomino wrote

You said I "got really quiet" after that "lie". But actually I pointed out that it was the other person who was lying. They said it was a picture of a SDF soldier replacing a YPG flag with a regime flag. I pointed out that it was an SAA soldier putting a regime flag next to a YPG flag. I directly refuted what they said.