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(en) Venezuela, El Libertario, # 38, June-July 2004In these times of scoundrels

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Date Thu, 1 Jul 2004 09:20:53 +0200 (CEST)

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* Facing the situation created by the referendum of 8/15/2004 to recall
the president, the Comision de Relaciones Anarquistas and its newspaper
El Libertario call for a radical rupture with those candidates for
authoritarian power, presenting to the Venezuelan people ways out of
the actual crisis based on mutual aid, direct action and self-management.
As has been the norm in recent Venezuelan history, the summits of power promote,
again, the alleged importance of the noisy cat fights they show their bedazzled
spectators. Using verbosity as grandiloquent as worn out by overuse during these
5 years, both struggling political gangs proclaim that the next
presidential recall referendum will be the mother of all fights,
since both sides swear that now they have the opponent on the
ropes, ready for the decisive punch that will determine their
overwhelming defeat.

We have insisted plenty on the emptiness and dishonesty of this debate, but it
is essential to continue expressing our criticism of the arguments
that those competing for power can only justify with endless repetition.
Thus, they insist that we must trust the electoral process and its
delegation of power upon elected representatives as the only rational and
realistic solution to the collective problems, asking that we
Venezuelans forget the sad results brought to us by that fallacious
illusion during the IV as well as the V Republic. They repeat to
exhaustion that participating in the elections is an expression of
the decision-making power in our hands, denying the
overwhelming evidence of our exclusion from the real decisions
that affect our lives day to day, omitting that this fictitious amount
of electoral power is exercised only under conditions strictly
regulated by the ruling elites. This way, even the reduced space in
which to question the state's power presented by a recall
referendum is diluted when such act is framed within a carefully
institutionalized process within the norms set by authoritarian
power for its greatest benefit. Besides that, we have witnessed,
in relation to these norms during the most recent
rounds of this struggle for power, how both have not spared the
ways to cheat each other and us, to the extreme that the president of the
National Electoral Council accurately described when he said that this was
a process characterized more by its deceptions ("tramparencia") than by its
transparency ("transparencia").

The repeated abatement of all participation and all collective
action regarding the elections reveals that deep down both
Chavistas and the Coordinadora Democratica share a deep seated
disdain for the people's ability to confront and
solve their problems. In spite of traversing a socio-economic
situation that screams for organized popular mobilization to face
the multiple calamities we suffer (unemployment, poverty,
malnutrition, delinquency, crisis in public services, etc) both
sides limit their efforts to the electoral scene, appeasing their
followers with ethereal promises to be delivered after their
election or ratification. The success they have enjoyed putting
social struggles to sleep with the electoral opium has been the
greatest victory for this system of domination and repression we
suffer, since after all, if people would understand that direct
action and self-management could solve their problems without
the need of a State nor of rulers supposedly indispensable, both
gangs would be shown up in their shameful vulgar identity of
authoritarian opportunists.

Neither "revolutionaries" nor "democratic" ...liars!
The above idea is linked to the widespread and false dilemma of
determining the supposedly "lesser evil" character that some of
the electoral contenders might have. Those who attribute said
condition to Coordinadora Democratica seem to
ignore lots of evidence that render untenable any illusions of their use of
power in a different manner than Chavez, except for the fact that they would
abandon the pseudo-revolutionary rhetoric in fashion. Equal or worse is the
case of those who assume that the current government is the guardian of
social rights and achievements, attributing to the Commandant's and his
minions' heroic testicles a decisive role in achievements that are not
dependent on the cowardly spirit of those who hold power, since in the
end it is organized popular action the only solid and steadfast
guarantor of any advance or betterment of the common good. The most
regrettable outcome of having allowed this cheating logic
to carry the day is the cost incurred in dismantling previous
efforts of independent social organization, since all exits lead to
the messianic helmsmen who -now or in the future - would run
the State. In addition, in contrast to the effort, time and dedication
required to build free and conscientious grass roots structures,
both factions promote crony submission to authoritarian power as
the easy and quick way out, when the truth is that this leads to
the blind alley of demobilization and impotence.

Let it be clear: all the proposals being presented by those who wield
or aspire to wield state power are deeply damaging to the Venezuelan
people because - with different shades of demagogic pyrotechnics - they
all seek to reinforce authority, to amputate any possibility of developing
autonomous social movements and to impede the empowerment of people's rights.
Whoever prevails, the processes currently at work, of militarization, repression
of dissent and enlargement of authoritarian socio-cultural controls will continue
their dark escalation which we have been suffering.

In this picture, we the anarchists reaffirm the proposals we have
been insisting upon that are winning acceptance among Venezuelans already
sick and tired of the cheating games of such scoundrels. To that 45% of voters
depolarized and "neither-nor" ("ni-ni") - but also to those doubters who continue
to believe that the way to go is the ballot - we say that the crisis will not be
resolved at the hand of actors that only aspire to power because of its
advantages, be they Hugo Chavez or any other clownish anti-Chavez, as real
changes for the better will only come from below and with the conscious effort of
all. Many fear such change due to the panic that has always been sown by the
system of domination, but to those who think so we say that - even scarier
than what we build with everybody's passion and reason - is to continue
expecting solutions from a power structure that has only deceived and fleeced us.
We don't sell a miraculous formula, nor do we proclaim that under our blessed
guidance the people "will cease to suffer", but we will always insist that the
road to a better future will come from collective efforts and consciousness,
with no need for fraudulent luminaries nor authoritarian institutions.

Don't let authoritarian power deceive you nor encourage you ...
read, think, act for yourself!

Against blackmail and manipulation: direct action and

Let's build the authentic social power of decision-making through
mutual aid and collective direct action!

Self-management is the real participation!

There's no way out with the State nor with any authoritarian
power! GET RID OF
THEM ALL!!!!!!!!!!

[Translation: Luís]

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