TOTW: Working together
This week we’re taking at look at collaboration among anarchists. Anarchists working together with other anarchists, along with anarchists working (or not working) alongside non-anarchist groups.
More often than not, anarchists work together on projects and help provide support, solidarity, and mutual aid to their friends - however this is not always the case or as clear cut as it may seem. Why have you or your anarchist project chosen to not collaborate with other anarchists who may have been able to offer support? What were the results? Looking back would you have done things differently? On the opposite end, have you ever been hesitant to work alongside other anarchists, but in the end were pleasantly surprised by the collaboration?
If anarchists can’t work with other anarchists IRL, is there any hope? Or is it as simple as saying, we’re on the same team, but “just want to do our own thing and build two, three or many anarchist projects to flourish throughout the world”? What about anarchists who are openly hostile to other anarchists and their projects? What is the best way to approach a difficult situation like that? Is it important for your anarchist practice that in someway, shape, or form anarchists manage to get along with other anarchists even if they may use a different label? What happens if we don’t?
On the other side are anarchists collaborating with non-anarchist groups, such as the especficismo idea of social insertion. What has your experience been of collaborating as an anarchist with non-anarchist groups? How would you compare the experience of working with more liberal groups to working specifically with anarchists?