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Solidarity is the movement that turns the direction of history, free Julian Assange now

Solidarity and humanity

“Human solidarity—expresses a sense of connectedness with people who live in distant places and with the unborn that will live in a distant future. It is a manifestation of the capacity of reciprocity and empathy that lies deep in the human spirit and psyche” One of the most charismatic aspects of his writing is the common thread across many of the world’s great religious traditions. As a greedy and materialistic dogma, it is the basis for the democratic ideal and the great social struggles for respect, tolerance, rights and, equality. “With their highly evolved ‘ecological sensibility,’ people today are both mystified and horrified by the feckless indifference of earlier generations to the natural world. Where the right to dominate nature was once sacrosanct, people today hold a deep reverence for the natural world, finding in endless wonder and enjoyment. Love of nature is complemented by a deep sense of humanity’s place in the web of life, and dependence on its bounty” Rankin (Do we have a story crisis? Part 14 The brave new world without monetary measurement by Kenneth Lyngaas).

Humans a part of the ecosystem

Humans are biological and a part of the ecosystem. Julian Assange is not the first or the last who rightfully stand up for others even when he does not need to. The need for seeking the truth in a world of lies and protect sources, who dare tells the secrets makes Julian the journalist, and journalism is. The watchdog is keeping the government from breaking the law, morality and ethics. It hurts the people they serve. Freedom comes not without a fight and disappears if not defended. Julian Assange greatness lies in the ability to write truthfully, the stories of the speechless. The speechless does it because of the ability to protect. If not, no more news. Julian Assange solidarity dares publish their stories and awarded, not punished for it.

Now Julian Assange needs our sympathy

The playwriter Henrik Ibsen wrote with a sharp pen and firstly quoted “the strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone” meaning the individual dare have an opinion despite what others say. Secondly, he wrote “The worst enemy of truth and freedom in our society is the compact majority.” those who dare not have one. The poster below remade by Kenneth L of the Solidarity poster High Noon by Thomasz Sarnecki


What is solidarity?

Solidarity is a term used most often to describe it as an ideology. Compared to its normative use in everyday life, while the social scientific label of solidarity is descriptive and analytical. Solidarity derives from the Latin word “solidare” – to make firm, to combine parts to form a stable whole. Hence the content meaning points out two directions. Firstly, referring to the individual level, and the second one about the collective. The personal solidarity, the sense of identification. A theoretical analysis demonstrates a predisposition within the character of a person, to commit, sacrifice loss on behalf of the group suffers from an adverse condition (source Arnsperger and Varoufakis 2003).

The problem of bureaucracy

Secondly, perceive solidarity as in the classical sociology, the glue that binds togetherness in society. It is the degree of social integration resulting from the ties and used as a synonym of the social cohesion or order.  The sociologist Durkheim discussed solidarity in two ways, a mechanical and organic. The first linked to premodern tribal society, whereas the second type refers to the solidarity in the modern world. The organic solidarity is advanced, work and play are specialised, the societal burden and function differently. In the high-speed society solidarity becomes abstract in the meaning of morality, the complexity of modernism increasingly adds laws and regulations. Therefore, social units growing such as the bureaucracy become a problem, not the solution.

The increase resistance

The confuses people where to and how to get help. The difficulty of finding the right department stresses more than what it takes to get it, and not even find out. The process to access support involves several parameters of control (proves of income, paid rent, bank statements). “Der Process” (The Trial) by Franz Kafka gives deep insight into the mind of an alienated character, who believes somebody accuses him, however unable to know precisely who and where. As issues repeatedly happen across the bureaucracy, people feel ashamed of wrong. Such societies end up with natural resistance and stronger interdependency for the various social units. One instead finds solidarity with others shared situation.

Individualism and globalisation

Individualisation is the freedom to make one’s own choices and has lessened the before constraints of old traditions. And similarity with globalisation vastly interconnectedness of the world assumed to increased possibilities of human cooperation on a broader scale, than before. However, globalisation is considered a possible threat to social cohesion and solidarity. What now observed the reality as Julian Assange incarnated in the UK prison Belmarsh, Chelsea Manning released from prison, while Edward Snowden is on the US government most-wanted list.

The greatness of solidarity

The many great men in history cannot resist helping others, whatever metaphysical condition humans some receive messages in the most mysterious ways, in the human psyche resistance through awareness happens, not because of the blindness. Perceiving the world as it is it, cutting through the clutter like a sharp knife.  The discoverable pattern recognition repeats and the force cannot help doing the right thing, life is not a race to win, but help becomes better.

Mahatma Gandhi
  • Such as one of the greatest Gandhi overthrows of the British rule in India by “force of arms.” The virtues of nonviolent passive resistance or “truth-force” (satyagraha) are the inspiration found in Hindu Veda scriptures. Gandhi was nominated three times to the Nobel Peace Prize in 1937, 1938, 1939, 1947, and, finally, a few days before his assassination in January 1948, but never achieved winning. A huge disappointment and the biggest mistake of the Peace Prize committee (source Mahatma Gandhi, the missing laureate Nobel Peace Prize). After all a political decision; the throne of Norway is a part of the Windsor family. The Danish royal family appointed Prince Carl (Haakon VII) King of Norway in 1886 and married Maud, the princess of Wales 1905, who became the Queen of Norway (source The Royal House of Norway, King Haakon and Queen Maud).

Nelson Mandela
  • Nelson Mandela was an African anti-apartheid revolutionary and political leader, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He served 27 years in prison so that other south Africans could experience the freedom of anti-apartheid (Nelson Mandela Wikipedia). Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize 1993 (Source Nelson Mandela Nobel Peace Prize org).

Malcolm X
  • Malcolm X solidarity, charisma and oratory skills helped him achieve national prominence in the Nation of Islam, a belief system that merged Islam with black nationalism. After Malcolm X assassination in 1965, his ideas written and inspired the Black Power movement. Malcolm X did so in solidarity with black people not having the same rights.  Malcolm X killed on February 21, 1965 (source Malcolm X Wikipedia).

Dr Martin Luther King
  • He was a “Campaigner for civil rights” his non-violence approach drew similarities with the Gandhian view. King worked in in the civil rights movement in various position from equal education and economic disenfranchisement for the more significant part.  In his solidarity for other people: “Dr King’s last campaign was a labour struggle. Many people are aware that King assassinated in Memphis in the spring of 1968. Less well-known is what drew him there: solidarity with city sanitation workers, who, without the benefit of union representation, were rising to protest humiliating pay and deplorable working conditions” writes Tom Perez. Dr King assassinated 1968. Dr Martin Luther King won The Nobel Peace Prize 1964 (source Martin Luther King Nobel Peace Prize ).

Lech Walesa
  • “Founder of Solidarność; campaigner for human rights” Walesa worked at the Gdansk Shipyard as an electrician and more than most a charismatic worker who shared workers concerns. Walesa became the leader of an illegal strike in the 1970s as the government’s decree raising food prices. The raid resulted in the deaths of 30 workers. This incident provoked Walesa’s view on the need for change. In 1976 he lost his job at the Gdansk shipyard and continued as an electrician for various companies; nevertheless, his activism continued. He was laid continuously off, the workplace and family home under surveillance by the secret police who arrested him several times. In 1978 Walesa took the position as the leader of the underground Free Trade Unions of the Coast.  Two years later another rise in food prices led to a strike at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk in 1980.  Walesa was one of the instigators and after climbing the fence, a strike leader. The Strike Coordinating Committee legalised itself as the National Coordinating Committee of the Solidarność (Solidarity) Free Trade Union and chosen Walesa chairman of the Committee. The solidarity union membership rocketed and with 10 million members, one-third of the population. Walesa won the Nobel Peace Prize 1982 (source Lech Walesa Wikipedia).

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