"There's No Limit For Improvement And Renewal"
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Irfan Gercek
(Baran Dersim)
Date of Immortality August 28, 2018

After a productive training/discussion about professional revolutionariness, we are requested to prepare a report evaluating our individual levels regarding this context. In that sense, through the topics we have discussed, I'll do my evaluation by asking questions to my own practice. But before, I'd like to begin by with what is to be said at the end: Considering human being as a becoming subject, I'd like to state that it stands indispensable for me to improve myself under each topic of professional revolutionariness and fulfill the necessities of my party and the revolution.
Counting myself as a revolutionary with the claim of being a professional revolutionary, I can say that my previous practice was not on the level that is required for this claim. Especially in terms of having a Marxist formation or analyzing and getting results from the experiences of world revolution, my process before the prison period can be defined much more as a time of narrowed actionism. "Reading and analyzing", as one of the topics we've discussed under the professional revolutionariness, was finding almost no space in the course of my daily practical activity. However, my prison process brought me important contributions. It allowed me to accumulate in some particular respects. But indeed, If I don't add more on what I've accumulated, in other words, if I take shelter in saying "I've already red this much", then I will interrupt the process I've begun. During this training, I at least once again realized that I need to improve myself in this manner.
Considering my experience in the fields that I've been so far, I think I've managed to gain a level in the sense of "organizing 24 hours of a day in a revolutionary manner". I was thinking as so because at least I was fore-planning my day and acting in accordance with that. However, this training process revealed that I actually remained quite superficial in this subject. I've clearly realized that planning only the practical activity and a plan without considering a qualitative improvement would not be sufficient to fulfill the necessities.
I have started to relate myself with the consciousness of women liberation in prison. Through self-readings and discussions with the comrades about my readings, I tried to gain a Marxist perspective on a theoretical basis and get to know my own reality through discussions on "the manhood". For the future, I am clear to provide a continuity in this matter.
About illegality and specializing against the political police... So far, I haven't been in the totally illegal front of our party. All my revolutionary activities have been in our "defacto legitimate front" (the "legal" part). But, since the party activities in that field are also built on the illegal basis, such as organizing meetings and rendezvous with the comrades that are underground and carrying out the militia activity, I have gained a limited experience in the illegal works. This is same about the alertness against the political police. Also, the training about how to control and escape from the surveillance, which I received from the responsible comrade of my previous party organ, brought me important advantages. In general I can say that at least I've always tried to be very careful for all my revolutionary life.
On the topic of discipline: During this training, I've realized that my self-improvement in terms of discipline has been one-sided. I've always been sensitive about following and not loosen the rules. However, this attitude of mine is not valid for my personal theoretical development. I know that there cannot be a productive result unless it is organized with discipline. And this fact must cover the whole part of the life.
I am one of those who often emphasize that criticism & self-critisim is a revolutionary weapon. But, when I question my own practice, I realize that I must reach a higher level in looking through a "critical lens". This is valid both for my own practice and our collective life. I think that I've never been closed for facing/receiving criticisms. I am trying to learn from each of the critics towards me. My basic principle on this issue is that critics should be productive and just. And a practical self-criticism rather than remaining verbal is much more meaningful when one faces with critics.
To live in a guerrilla manner... I can clearly say that when the needs of my party comes to the matter, I have no doubts about acting towards these needs in order to fulfill them by doing my best. I don't have any kind of worries about this. Of course, capabilities and qualitative levels have limits, but I'd like to state that I will consciously spend all my efforts to get over my failures and no matter where I go for revolutionary duty, I will try the best I can.
My level on using different means and forms of struggle is not improved enough. But, in terms of military means, I've learnt a lot especially from the Rojava experience. Although I've continuously been in the militia activity so far, I did not got any training about this field before. Plus, I am quite low in using technological means. But so far, I've not experienced any dilemma while using both the military and non-military means of struggle. I've used both of them as much as I know and capable.
One of the most essential features of a professional revolutionary is his*her level of forming organizations and leading organizational systems. I've been in different organizations of the party so far. But I think that my feature of leading organization systems is quite low.
As I took my first step towards being a revolutionary, I gave my will to the party. Since from that time, in every field I've been, I've tried to represent the party as much as my capabilities allowed me. Indeed, in terms of these topics and also others to be added, I know that continuing on being "a becoming subject" is the indispensable issue for living a revolutionary life. Because there is no limit for improvement and renewal. From this point, I'd like my party to know that I will act much more willingly in terms of improving myself and of responding the needs of the party.
October 2015

 

 

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Irfan Gercek
(Baran Dersim)
Date of Immortality August 28, 2018

After a productive training/discussion about professional revolutionariness, we are requested to prepare a report evaluating our individual levels regarding this context. In that sense, through the topics we have discussed, I'll do my evaluation by asking questions to my own practice. But before, I'd like to begin by with what is to be said at the end: Considering human being as a becoming subject, I'd like to state that it stands indispensable for me to improve myself under each topic of professional revolutionariness and fulfill the necessities of my party and the revolution.
Counting myself as a revolutionary with the claim of being a professional revolutionary, I can say that my previous practice was not on the level that is required for this claim. Especially in terms of having a Marxist formation or analyzing and getting results from the experiences of world revolution, my process before the prison period can be defined much more as a time of narrowed actionism. "Reading and analyzing", as one of the topics we've discussed under the professional revolutionariness, was finding almost no space in the course of my daily practical activity. However, my prison process brought me important contributions. It allowed me to accumulate in some particular respects. But indeed, If I don't add more on what I've accumulated, in other words, if I take shelter in saying "I've already red this much", then I will interrupt the process I've begun. During this training, I at least once again realized that I need to improve myself in this manner.
Considering my experience in the fields that I've been so far, I think I've managed to gain a level in the sense of "organizing 24 hours of a day in a revolutionary manner". I was thinking as so because at least I was fore-planning my day and acting in accordance with that. However, this training process revealed that I actually remained quite superficial in this subject. I've clearly realized that planning only the practical activity and a plan without considering a qualitative improvement would not be sufficient to fulfill the necessities.
I have started to relate myself with the consciousness of women liberation in prison. Through self-readings and discussions with the comrades about my readings, I tried to gain a Marxist perspective on a theoretical basis and get to know my own reality through discussions on "the manhood". For the future, I am clear to provide a continuity in this matter.
About illegality and specializing against the political police... So far, I haven't been in the totally illegal front of our party. All my revolutionary activities have been in our "defacto legitimate front" (the "legal" part). But, since the party activities in that field are also built on the illegal basis, such as organizing meetings and rendezvous with the comrades that are underground and carrying out the militia activity, I have gained a limited experience in the illegal works. This is same about the alertness against the political police. Also, the training about how to control and escape from the surveillance, which I received from the responsible comrade of my previous party organ, brought me important advantages. In general I can say that at least I've always tried to be very careful for all my revolutionary life.
On the topic of discipline: During this training, I've realized that my self-improvement in terms of discipline has been one-sided. I've always been sensitive about following and not loosen the rules. However, this attitude of mine is not valid for my personal theoretical development. I know that there cannot be a productive result unless it is organized with discipline. And this fact must cover the whole part of the life.
I am one of those who often emphasize that criticism & self-critisim is a revolutionary weapon. But, when I question my own practice, I realize that I must reach a higher level in looking through a "critical lens". This is valid both for my own practice and our collective life. I think that I've never been closed for facing/receiving criticisms. I am trying to learn from each of the critics towards me. My basic principle on this issue is that critics should be productive and just. And a practical self-criticism rather than remaining verbal is much more meaningful when one faces with critics.
To live in a guerrilla manner... I can clearly say that when the needs of my party comes to the matter, I have no doubts about acting towards these needs in order to fulfill them by doing my best. I don't have any kind of worries about this. Of course, capabilities and qualitative levels have limits, but I'd like to state that I will consciously spend all my efforts to get over my failures and no matter where I go for revolutionary duty, I will try the best I can.
My level on using different means and forms of struggle is not improved enough. But, in terms of military means, I've learnt a lot especially from the Rojava experience. Although I've continuously been in the militia activity so far, I did not got any training about this field before. Plus, I am quite low in using technological means. But so far, I've not experienced any dilemma while using both the military and non-military means of struggle. I've used both of them as much as I know and capable.
One of the most essential features of a professional revolutionary is his*her level of forming organizations and leading organizational systems. I've been in different organizations of the party so far. But I think that my feature of leading organization systems is quite low.
As I took my first step towards being a revolutionary, I gave my will to the party. Since from that time, in every field I've been, I've tried to represent the party as much as my capabilities allowed me. Indeed, in terms of these topics and also others to be added, I know that continuing on being "a becoming subject" is the indispensable issue for living a revolutionary life. Because there is no limit for improvement and renewal. From this point, I'd like my party to know that I will act much more willingly in terms of improving myself and of responding the needs of the party.
October 2015