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xxi wrote (edited )

TL;DR version: a sole individual can't change the world because left-wing politics require collective action and solidarity is vital in order to sustain any positive change. Don't feel bad.

Well... The line between good and bad behavior with regard to political work is blurry. On one hand, you can't save the world by yourself. On the other, the first can be used to rationalize stuff you probably could do but just choose not to do.

With that said, this is how I think when I feel like you: most left-leaning ideology, doesn't matter if you're into social democracy or anarchism, is based upon some form of principle of collective action. It's one of many things that separates leftists from neoliberals and conservatives.

The conclusion as I see is that ideally when someone drops out for any reason, there's got to be enough structure to make such unfortunate events relatively trivial, even if more hands are better than none. That's not entirely different from what McQueen seem to be asking.

So if you're sick, or something akin to that, you're in a similar situation as her. I couldn't know what she's thinking, nor do I claim to know how she reason and feel, but something tells me that she could relate to others with similar problems.

So sure, collective action requires individuals, but it also requires solidarity with the ones who have to take a step back or people who can contribute but only to extent they're allowed to by their limitations.

The myth of the "sole leftist savior" is just that, a myth. As is the thought that someone single-handedly brought about positive societal change. I'm not American and I have nothing against him, but Martin Luther King often seem to get painted in this light.

If you deem that you're unable to do more than you do now, you're most likely right. So don't feel bad.


xxi wrote

Even if McQueen's situation is something no one should have to experience.