I'm very willing to change my opinion on Rojava/PKK and would love to be convinced otherwise.
- I Support the fight against ISIS. However I am unsure about the PKK's other aims. They absolutely cannot be called anarchist or even libertarian socialist.I despair at thoughtless western leftists and anarchists being sucked in by comparisons to Spain and by exoticism in the same way people glorify Maoism or Cuba or the Vietcong etc.
- I have read articles and seen videos of the PKK where they treat Ocalan with a cult of personality type reverence. Pictures of him hang everywhere.
- PKK members do not seem to know much about Bookchin despite the fact they are require to read Ecology of Freedom.
- The Language of the PKK I have witnessed in videos is about patriots, kurdish nation, kurds etc. It's not one speaking against hierarchy, oppression or in favour of revolution,class struggle etc. Not even close.
- PKK seems nationalist but not in the sense of a nation but more in the sense of a region.
- I am very skeptical the PKK are no longer stalinist.
- They have a centralised organisation.
- They collect a tax
- they use child soldiers and conscripts at times.
- They work at least tactically with Islamists ,the assad regime and pro-western forces.
- They are not so radically feminist as it would seem.
Variations obviously exist within their groups and it can change over time. Written statements may quickly become outdated.
" Indeed, while some compare the “Rojava Revolution” to Spain 1936 perhaps a better analogy would be the Bolsheviks in 1917 which many anarchists, both internationally and inside Russia, mistakenly supported initially as a truly revolutionary force."
"It’s amazing to see once again that many of those who claim to be partisans of the destruction of the State and who focus their critique and analysis on that, fall again into the trap. Many of the critiques against the State that they consider to be the central problem of capitalist society don’t grasp its nature and end up defending it under a new shape.