What about Classism? recognizes classism as a systemic problem. A problem that is rooted in rigged economics. At the same time What about Classism? doesn't immediately seek a revolution to solve the root cause of the problem and replace the system overnight.
As an organisation that is part of a long history of progressive and radical causes WAC? is what can be considered a radical realist organization. It is an organisation that fights for a restructured society across political, economic, kinship and community spheres. But at the same time it acknowledges the realities of our existing predicament, both regarding our socio-economic context and the state of our movements. We are aware that a revolution in developed countries is far away but that building toward it is crucial.
WAC? Doesn't position itself as a 'revolutionary organisation' (whatever that may mean). Instead it hopes to be a stepping stone to a better future.
How does it hope to achieve this?
- WAC? Hopes to attract the attention of people who are made increasingly aware that inequality is a social phenomenon, not a product of someone's individual circumstances or choices. It hopes to engage this audience with a rich understanding of class and classism that not only helps them critically reflect on their own experiences but allows them to see the interactive processes between classes (capitalists, coordinators, workers) as social forces.
- WAC? Seeks to make non-reformist reforms that can enrich the prospects of future movements by keeping forms of oppression on par within state institutions and simultaneously demonstrating the limits of reforms themselves.
For those who cannot fully understand the systemic nature of the problem they see a solution in reforms. They have a belief that the system as a whole is in good shape but tweaks need to be made. Once enough tweaks are made we should be fine, they say. But tweaks are not going to be enough. Much deeper, more radical changes are needed. However, many skeptics of this radical perspective will only be convinced once they see that reforms – to whatever extent they work and relieve some of the oppression caused by this system – are not going to be enough.
In addition, in keeping forms of oppression on par within state institutions would mean that forms of oppression are not competing against one another and that wedges will not divide us. We hear about sexism and racism and these are problems much more systemic than are often discussed. They too need to be tackled through radical change. But we should make sure that racism, sexism AND classism get addressed equally so those who benefit from these oppressive systems cannot divide us. While we call on others to address the racism, sexism, and/or classism in their organizations we know that groups may need to prioritize one struggle over another for the sake of resources and efficiency. We seek to help equalize the discussion by addressing classism as another form of oppression that we usually do not think of in terms of discrimination.