Fraternity was a catchcry of democracy with liberty and equality. Currently, we resign ourselves to “fraternity’s” demise, although we call it community or neighbourhood and avoid the gender specific. Evidence of its demise abounds in modern unionism. If it’s now called solidarity then solidarity, needs tarting up and dressing down.

Collectively, solidarity’s adherents must account for the power of shared thoughts. Such ideology can be a tool to suppress real needs and rights. Yet powerless people need to agree to act as a group. That’s why accountability in solidarity is everything. 

Solidarity then is: a feeling natural and warm, rich and valuable but be aware of its limitations.  Solidarity exists within boundaries and those who invoke it are neither good nor bad. Its advocates must specify a commitment to it – in duration, expectation and coverage. Yet it’s worthwhile allowing and embracing this type of individual and collective, love but one that has multiple facets. It’s a comfortable position for authenticating the human spirit - sometimes too comfortable, sometimes challenging.

Today solidarity is being torn up all around us it is an endangered feeling and thus we argue solidarity needs recreating with its link between feeling, thought and action – in this sense solidarity is embedded in the meaning of CRAFT.  As our modern realities of great differences we suffer another deep deprivation by the ascendency of the market and all persuasive control by government – alone and individually. Related words include: conviviality (community), mutual aid (co-operation) and social capital (structural).