As I noted in the post Thatcherism and Youth Work key to the neo-liberal political strategy is the assault on the very idea of collective solidarity. In the eyes of the ‘free marketeers’ we must become self-sufficient, ‘resilient’ individuals beholden to nobody but ourselves. Of course this is absurd. We are first and foremost social individuals dependent on each other in a myriad of ways. Thus on International Workers Day we need to remember that our social and political gains are a collective legacy and that without solidarity they can and indeed are being taken away from us. We need to renew that understanding of autonomy, which affirms, ‘ I can only be free if you are also free’. As youth workers we need to turn words into action. Our claim in the Framework of Ethics that we are committed to social justice means nothing unless our practice is rooted in a creative and collective struggle against injustice.
May Day Greetings – as the old slogan goes, ‘an injury to one is an injury to all!’ Never mind we’re all in this together………….