An Introduction To Militancy
Despair is tempting, welcoming. The window of political imagination has shifted rightward for the past few decades, some of our supposedly most progressive leaders conservative compared to past politicians. And still, we move ever rightward.
To get beyond despair, we must reclaim an ability to imagine the future, an ability to theorize and organize and work toward a long-term vision. We must learn again to imagine, to think with both the glint of the utopian and the pragmatism of the worker.
The millennial generation is the most collectively equipped to begin this labor. The Cold War has faded in memory and millennials are more open to socialism and against capitalism since any generation in decades. Unfair situations induce radicalism and millennials have lived this: mired in student debt, navigating job precariousness, and trying to involve themselves in a political context that seems absolutely resilient to any sort of demand or mercy.
The labor begins with militancy. Not with armed insurrection or rebellion–but with a politics that is explicitly and knowingly adversarial, a politics that is committed to strategy over reaction, structure over impulse, power over peace. This militancy is nonpartisan–beholden not to any sort of party but instead to the practice of movement-making, to organizing people for power.
Millennials, if they are militant, can be on the forefront of this future.
Militant Millennial is your toolbox: each week, a new concept or framework will be posted, pulling from practical experience and advancing new ways of thinking. The first step is to learn the habits of political thinking, to process personal experience systematically. Together, we can learn new methods for thinking and from there, we can ground the skills for movement-building that will eventually earn us the future we want.