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(en) SA, Zabalaza #5 - Phansi Nohulumeni, Phansi or Down with Government!

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Date Fri, 4 Jun 2004 08:31:56 +0200 (CEST)


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For any person who has hung around
anarchists long enough, you must of heard
us ranting on about how "parliament is not
a means of stuggle" because "people who
get their asses into parliament and all the
money and power start to only worry about
getting more money and power" or "socie-
ty is run from the board rooms of the giant
companies who control the economy and
NOT by a bunch of liars sitting comfortably
in Parliament" etc. etc. These people feed
us a whole bunch of lies to get themselves
elected and then for the next couple of
years sit comfortably and do nothing about
anything of relevance to us (except maybe
how to get more money or labour out of
us). Emma Goldman speaking about her
time in Russia during the revolution had
this to say about the "revolutionary gov-
ernment" of the Bolsheviks: "Government,
whatever its form or pretences, is a dead
weight that paralyses the free spirit and
activities of the masses."
Well, being the highly skilled investiga-
tive reporters that we are, we came across
this delightful little quote from the mayor of
Msunduzi (Pietermaritzburg) Local
Council R.F. Haswell when he was
installed as mayor on the 23 February
1995. It goes some way in proving our
point. Speaking about two of his newly-
elected partners in crime, he said:
"The irony that a trade unionist,
who was so effective against the
municipality in the past, now occu-
pies the position of Chairperson of
the Human Resources Committee,
cannot go unnoticed. Likewise,
that we have, as one of the two
alternating co-chairpersons of the
Executive Committee, a Councillor
who previously exposed some of
the iniquities of our rates system,
also represents a remarkable turn-
around. Thus, in commending and
welcoming Councillors Frans
Ntshangase and Omar Latiff, I look
forward to seeing them deal with
strikes, and setting the rates,
respectively."
So these scabs have gone from being
fighters of and for our class to fighting
strikes and screwing us out of the small
amount of money we may be lucky
enough to have. In other words they have
become defenders of those with the
money, privilege and power. Even sitting
on the government council at a local level
puts a person on the other side of the line
between oppressed and oppressor /
exploiter and exploited and that is why we
say that it is only when we fully control our
communities and workplaces ourselves
will we be able to provide decent food,
clothing and housing for ourselves and our
families; good education that is not brain-
washing; free health care, water and elec-
tricity for all; transportation etc. - govern-
ment can play no role in this. So, our
struggle should not just be outside of the
political parties but against the parties - it
should an ANTI-political struggle. We
should seek to replace all government with
freely-elected councils in our workplaces
and communities which are elected by
those who work in the workplace or live in
the community; councils that are instantly
recallable; which work to strict mandates
and who's members are rotated on a reg-
ular basis to stop bureaucracy catching
up. As the saying goes:
Name one thing government
does that we, the people, can-
not do ourselves!


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