On January 26, about 15 people participated in the Red Aids’ fundraising activity, held at the Mille et Une Nuits restaurant, to commemorate the first year of the Tunisian revolution. Around a traditional couscous meal, the discussion started with a question: how an “awakening of history” is being expressed here in occidental countries through what is happening in Arabic society. This expression, “awakening of history” comes from the French philosopher Alain Badiou who was inspired by Maos’ thesis: “The people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world history.” This thesis goes back to Marx and Engels’ Communist Manifesto in which they affirm that history is a series of class struggles between exploited classes and exploiting ones.
After that introduction, the discussion moved on with a political point of view illustrating the historical link between class struggle and international solidarity: to organize struggle here, it is our duty to support men and women from around the world who dare fight for peoples’ power against capitalism.
From that statement, each person attending, in their own way, shared with others their experiences: promoting artistic political engagement, supporting the ongoing Occupy movement in Québec City, helping out the peoples’ movement in Chile, building a communist revolutionary organization right here in Canada. These different projects and viewpoints were questioned, challenged and debated throughout the evening. One person pointed out the difficulty, in our democratic bourgeois society, to succeed in widely rallying people around a common objective, to make unity, and to never give up. This is clearly a beautiful challenge!