What is the Revolutionary Front?
The Revolutionary Front is an international anti-capitalist organisation, adhering to the Platformist tendency of Anarchist-Communism, first pioneered by Nestor Makhno in 1918.
Founded in early 2016, we hold the true freedom of the working class to be our highest objective, rather than the bastardised buzzword that the capitalist system within which we live has reduced it to.
We seek the liberation of our class from this system that has reduced us to mere commodities, dulled our emotions, hardened our hearts, and plunged us into despair time and time again.
What is Anarchist-Communism?
Anarchist-Communism is, to put it bluntly, human nature. It is freedom; the freedom from oppression, from being forced to work at a job that pushes you further into a dark hole just to make ends meet until the day you die. The freedom from hunger and from despair, and the freedom to truly live your own life.
It is also the acknowledgement that humanity has been modified to suit the capitalist system. Under capitalism, we are conditioned to be selfish. To undercut our fellow worker to climb further up the pecking order. To not care about the fact that our psyches are being shattered in monotonous jobs where we are not even entitled to the full value of our labour. And to embrace that slow decay of our minds and bodies with a nonchalant attitude until the day we leave this world.
We want to usher in a new age of human evolution – the anarchist society.
Under such a society, decisions would be made at the local level, with communities each deciding what would be best for their own communities, rather than being held for ransom by ignorant centralised governments. Workers would control their workplaces and would earn the full pay that they are deserved, rather than having the true profit of their labour stolen by capitalist vulture bosses. The hundreds of thousands of empty buildings in a nation would be opened for the homeless, who are currently freezing to death in their hundreds during the winter months while governments and landlords look on without a care in the world. There would be no man, woman nor child that would go hungry, cold, thirsty, homeless or unfree under anarchism.
These are just some of the things an anarchist society could accomplish. For more information on Anarchist-Communism, we recommend the following:
- “The Conquest of Bread” by Peter Kropotkin; http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/petr-kropotkin-the-conquest-of-bread
- “Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution” by Peter Kropotkin; http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/petr-kropotkin-mutual-aid-a-factor-of-evolution
- “Anarchist Communism: Its Basis and Principles” by Peter Kropotkin; http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/petr-kropotkin-anarchist-communism-its-basis-and-principles
- “The Struggle Against the State and Other Essays” by Nestor Makhno; http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/nestor-makhno-the-struggle-against-the-state-and-other-essays
We also recommend reading into the tremendous accomplishments of the Rojava Revolution, that have been taking place over the last 5 years. We see Rojava as a roadmap towards achieving anarchism – the mass empowerment of women, the abolition of centralised government, a zero tolerance approach towards fascism, and an emphasis on strong local governance.
Can an anarchist society actually exist? Has it existed before?
Yes, to both questions. An anarchist society can most certainly exist. However, it cannot exist at the same time as capitalism, so as capitalism begins to decay and collapse around the world, as it is doing now, our opportunity to create such a society will draw nearer and nearer, and it is imperative that we grab that opportunity with both hands.
As for past and present societies that can be considered anarchist, or have anarchist characteristics, here are just a few:
- The Paris Commune (1871)
- The Free Territory of Ukraine (1918-1922)
- Korean People’s Association in Manchuria (1929-1931)
- Regional Defence Council of Aragon (1936-1937)
- Revolutionary Catalonia (1936-1939)
- Rebel Zapatista Autonomous Municipalities (1994 – Present Day)
- Rojava/Democratic Federation of Northern Syria (2014 – Present Day)
What is your stance on people like Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn?
We view people like Sanders and Corbyn as being reformists at best, and downright opportunists at worst. Either way, no individual who campaigns on a reformist platform has our support. We are revolutionaries who want to change society and system in their entirety, not those who want to tweak certain aspects of them to cool off the pressure and buy the upper class more time to rule.
Reformism will never work – it merely pushes back the collapse of capitalism by years and decades. The only thing that will work, the only salvation of our class, will be the abolition of state and capitalism in their entirety. Nothing more, and nothing less.
What about your stance on fellow revolutionaries, such as Leninists and Maoists?
Ultimately, our stance on these groups is one of championing a united front against capitalism. We are happy to work with our Leninist and Maoist comrades, in fighting this system all over the world. However, the question, more often than not, is not whether we will work with them – it is whether they will work with us.
In the US and in Britain, Leninist movements have championed a reformist approach, contesting elections, and have often times looked down on anarchists as being little more than trouble makers who are “unworthy” to carry the title of “revolutionary”. However, RF has formed important links and bonds with Maoist and Leninist comrades all over the world, and we are very happy to call these organisations our comrades in the struggle against capitalism.
We will have ideological differences, of course. But we feel it is best to put these to one side and debate them after capitalism has been overthrown.
March separately – strike together!