Is the NSDF an anarchist society or a coalition of ethnic militias?
Idk. Anarchists seem to like it, at least.
Anarchists are not exactly immune to nationalism and mainstream geopolitics. Even back in the early 20th century as famous a thinker as Kropotkin supported the Allies in WWI (which put him to the right
of the Bolsheviks on this issue, who had their later right deviations that we're all aware of), and of course in the '60s and '70s you had the intersection of Maoism and anarchism in things like Mao-Spontex.
I'm not going to rag on the leftists who actually went there and learned things and participated in infrastructure projects and social work and so on. But from what I've seen from their testimonies, even from the ones that are rather positive in their description of what's going on there, they all seem to admit that the political revolution is rather limited, that in practice it's the same PKK old guard with the guns that are calling the shots. I'm not going to reflexively dismiss every reform they've made but I'm very skeptical of the idea of people becoming anarchists because their jailed leader (that they have a personality cult for...) told them to; libertarianism is more of an ethos than a specific programme that can be passed down like that.
In any case I don't think it's the job of leftists to appeal to nation-states and their militaries to engage in 'humanitarian intervention', regardless of the sympathy we could have for the political programmes of individual militias. They're the root of the problem in the first place and it's not like the left actually has the power, consciousness or level of organisation to affect this in any real material
way, it's the equivalent of writing a petition to Turkey to stop invading Syria.
TLDR: leftists begging the US to stay in Syria is useless in terms of actual material support and it's a net negative because it promotes confusion as to the nature of these conflicts.
Yasna wrote:One partial explanation seems to be a knee-jerk negative reaction to everything Trump does.
That may be the case of some liberals but I don't think that's what motivates people like Noam Chomsky or Debbie Bookchin.