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(en) SA, Zabalaza #5 - After the Elections... the Struggle Remains the Same

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Date Wed, 2 Jun 2004 09:19:24 +0200 (CEST)


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By the time you read this, the elections will be over and Thabo - a friend
of big business is again president. Political analysts will be working overtime
to explain it all, speculating on which votes, if any, tipped the balance. In
any case we will be assured that the People have spoken; that, once again, the
smooth transition of power proves how lucky we are to live in a democracy.
Meanwhile it's back to wage-slavery for us; working at some job that is somewhere
between tolerable and utterly miserable, for a wage that is only a fraction of
the value of what we've produced; produc ing goods and services which we've had
no say in determining and taking orders from some supervisor whom we've also
had no say in hiring. We'll have to watch what we say, and to whom. If we talk
union on the job, or in any other way
express our dissatisfaction with the way
things are, and the boss hears about it, we
could find ourselves out on the street - so
much for "free speech"; so much for
"democracy."
Truth is, when we punch in we leave
democracy at the door. Voting for politi-
cians, who are, after all, only the hirelings
of the Master Class, changes nothing fun-
damentally. The decisions that most
immediately affect our lives - decisions
about our bread - are made by all manner
of bosses, from the shop floor all the way
up to the corporate boardrooms, none of
whom ever come up for democratic selec-
tion.
If we want to control our own lives
we've got to get control over our bread and
the means of producing it. This requires
organisation at the point of production.
This is where we workers have the power.
Our power does not lie in the street or at
the ballot box. (Shouting at buildings and
dropping a piece of paper into a box are
signs of our powerlessness.) Our power
lies where we work. We do all the work
that keeps society going. Our involuntary
participation in the wage system repro-
duces our exploitation on a daily basis.
We have to break the cycle. By organising
into revolutionary industrial organisations
(i.e., unions, councils, direct action com-
mittees, workplace assemblies and resist-
ance groups, etc.) we can develop the
power to take and hold the product of our
toil, our bread, and the means of produc-
tion, without the let or hindrance of parties
and politicians. We can begin to reorgan-
ise society without wages, without
exploitation, with freedom and equality.
No matter who is president, our strug-
gle is the same: to build the new society
within the shell of the old; to abolish the
wage system and its enforcer, the State.
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Based on a text that first appeared in the
Anarcho-Syndicalist Review, No. 30, Winter
2000/2001


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