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Free Kurdistan!

12 July 2009 by Mike Gogulski
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I received a wonderful gift from a new friend I met at the Liberty Camp a couple weeks ago in Martin, Slovakia.

It is a necklace with a pendant in the shape of Kurdistan, bearing the Kurdish national emblem and colors.

Free Kurdistan!

Free Kurdistan!

Stateless anarchist Gogulski posting a nationalist statist symbol! Way off, you say?

Free Kurdistan is an idea. It is a dream shared by millions inside and outside the territory. First and foremost, it is an idea about community, identity and self-determination. A dream and an idea to celebrate.

Secondarily, Free Kurdistan is an idea that must touch the ground someplace. Within the generally-accepted context of things on this planet, that means that Free Kurdistan should become a state.

‘Round these parts, we hold that states are illegitimate, unnecessary and undesirable. However, I support the idea of Kurdistan becoming a state, both because that’s what a lot of Kurds want for themselves, and because I hold that so long as we are to have states, we should have as many as possible, and that they should be as small as possible.

Free Kurdistan!


  1. 20 Responses to “Free Kurdistan!”

  2. By Stephanie on 12 July 2009

    “…I hold that so long as we are to have states, we should have as many as possible, and that they should be as small as possible.”

    That there pretty much sums up a good part of my political beliefs. Key words being ‘as long as we have…’.

  3. By Mike Gogulski on 12 July 2009

    Thanks, Stefka!

  4. By Harivan Rojvan on 12 July 2009

    There is a saying among the Kurds: “No friends but the mountains.” For, indeed, the world has scarcely noticed when century after century, conqueror after conqueror has driven these once nomadic tribes deep within their beloved mountains to preserve their culture, their language and their lives….but now im happy to see that we have friends as you..

    thank you Mike for your nice feeling towards stateless nation as Kurds.

  5. By MerryMonk on 14 July 2009

    Re: “…I hold that so long as we are to have states, we should have as many as possible, and that they should be as small as possible.”

    I agree: I think that about 6,925,734,126 billion independent superpower states on this planet is about the right number at this moment. One in every boy and girl.

    Harivan Rojvan: I can only imagine your frustration. But don’t despair, friends of freedom are growing more numerous (and boisterous) than you might think. I am a friend of anyone that chooses to be free of coercion and hate. May orgasmic joy come to you! (or at least a smile)

  6. By David Gendron on 15 July 2009

    Brilliant!

    In Québec, almost all libertarians and anarchists are against Québec separation, and that sucks!

  7. By Mike Gogulski on 16 July 2009

    @David: Bizarre!

  8. By David Gendron on 17 July 2009

    Bizarre but true.

  9. By buddhadada on 22 July 2009

    Sorry for the late comment. I’m in the middle of writing a story to compete in a literary contest, so I only just checked nostate today.

    I have the same feelings about the Roma. While I don’t support the state, nor nationalism really, I have a lot of doubts about Romani people ever getting accepted in wonderful democratic enlightened Europe. Just look at what’s been happening in Italy. Did you catch this last year, by the way?

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/the-picture-that-shames-italy-873743.html

    Anyway, it kinda implies to me that the Roma are better off with some kind of territory. They already have agoric inter-Romani trade and the like.

    I think we’re living in a period of reaction, in many ways a return to fascism. People like us have to carve out what daily anarchy we can. And if we see a cop beating down a Jew, a Gypsy, a Kurd, we know whose side we’re on.

  10. By yochanan on 7 August 2009

    Hello all.
    there are big kurdis community in Turkey, Iraq, Iran. But these countries never recognized Kurdistan as free and independant state. On the other hand, Turkey recognize as independant state Republic of Kosovo. It is very strange for me. Why they only want to hurt kurdis?
    Kurdish people want only live in peace in their own land. Same as they (turkey, iraq, iran, syria) live in their.
    I hope that will be time and all kurdish people will be united in own state.
    I belive that there are more people in the world, who will support kurdish plans.
    If there will be bigger discussion around whole world about kurdistan, then will be better chance and oportunity to revive “forgotten” KURDISTAN.

  11. By Sirwan Dabagh on 23 December 2009

    Thanks Mike for sharing your opinion!

    I am a Kurd myself and would like to share our Free Kurdistan group and page on Facebook with you guys. I hope you will find it interesting and join resp. become fan!
    In addition, do visit our website: http://www.freekurdistan.st

    Group:
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=6174895977

    Page:
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Free-Kurdistan/306472095074

  12. By Mike Gogulski on 25 December 2009

    You’re welcome, Sirwan, and thank you, too, for doing what you do. I’m on the Facebook pages already, and look forward to the website being expanded.

    Best,
    Mike

  13. By Junha on 5 April 2010

    Do you know where I can buy this necklace?

  14. By Mike Gogulski on 5 April 2010

    Sorry, I don’t.

  15. By dldar on 21 April 2010

    I adore kurdistan long live kurdistan

  16. By kulka on 22 September 2010

    In march i get exactly the same thing from my dear friend and brother who is working with me – kak Jalal. since that time i wear it. Its great country!
    Biji Kurdistan!

  17. By pkk freedom fighter for free kurdistan on 4 December 2010

    hi thx for this page

    we kurds are in northern iraq free ,there is autonomous kurdistan hope other parts kurdistan will be free too.

    greets

  18. By aso on 5 February 2011

    chonit

  19. By wajahat on 23 January 2012

    i support free Kurdistan 100%

  20. By Shirin on 10 September 2012

    I am a Kurd and i want to thank you! You are one of the people who shows love to all nations.

  21. By ruzgar on 17 November 2012

    ciao,

    i think i should mention loudly that PKK doesnt want any state for a long time.. and they are fighting for Democratic Confederalism which is very close to a kind of anarchy.. so Kurdistan and the kurdish freedom fight something for the anarchists to pay attention i think.. in the anarchists meeting in St.imier there was even a presentation from the militants of PKK about this..
    Democratic Confederalism is mostly influeced by the ideas of Bookchin and transformed into middle east’s conditions..

    ciao.


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