A passage from Tipu’s Tiger, a writing collective*:
“The concept of allyship has been instrumental in imposing more moderate power brokers and elite protest managers on decentralized movements in an attempt to rein in disruptive protest. Any social movement in recent memory that has attempted to break the mold of permitted rallies and marches, and raiie the economic cost of doing business as usual, has had to face a social justice industry deigned to channel social unrest into electoral politics, elite representation, and fantasies of political reform without mass popular resistance.”
This blog is about writing less, and listening more. I am seeking responses and reactions (post them in comments) to the quote above as it relates to possible questions to consider:
What is the difference between solidarity and selling out when it comes to allyship in the resistance against corporate colonization of public education?
How far is too far in our push against the powerful elite?
How can a radical resistance movement influence the shape and substance of future public education… (after it hits the inevitable final tipping point of elimination at the hands of neoliberalism)?
*From C. Milsten (ed) Taking Sides: Revolutionary Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism (2015).