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(en) Ireland, WSM, What's wrong with the EU - The libertarian alternative to the bosses Europe

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Sun, 9 May 2004 07:46:52 +0200 (CEST)


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EUROPE: A LIE?
Since the beginning of the "building of Europe", politicians, of all
countries and of all tendencies, have lied to us about their real
plans and the true consequences of their acts and decisions.
Their real objective, is to be a political institution at the service of
capitalism, and to give capitalism all it needs to compete in the
global market, against the interests of the social majority. They
try to convince us that this is what is best and, therefore, we
should give up our rights as, according to them, it is the only
possible solution. We reject all of these lies.

EUROPE: MORE FREEDOM?

More freedom for financial transactions, including the
whitewashing of money, for capital, for goods irrationally
produced further and further away from where they will be used.
Transport by lorries implies more pollution, causing conflict
amongst workers, and putting them into competition against one
another. It always ends up in less freedom for people, social
groups and the oppressed. It always means fewer rights and
democratic spaces in which we can organise ourselves and to
carry out our social struggle.

European policies are characterised by an increasingly more
important deregulation of working conditions. This can be seen in
the increase of insecurity and misery, the disappearance of social
rights and a privatisation of anything that can produce benefits:
health, education, transport, ... Deregulation has nothing to do
with freedom. Freedom, in the eyes of the European Union, is
that of a fox in a henhouse.

This privatisation of public institutions is accompanied by a new
policy that affects the impoverished. To this end, the
management of misery calls on more and more prisons. Social
apartheid is the culmination of this evolution of capitalism. One
of the objectives of European policies (an objective which is not
exclusively European, and is shared by all the major powers), is
that of controlling the poor wherever they are. This is converting
Europe into a real and true Fortress.

The poor are being confined in ghettos in the outskirts of the
cities. Misery in these neighbourhoods is on the rise. Likewise,
the people who face misery find it harder and harder to live where
they wish. More often than not, when a victim of poverty tries to
move to a new region, they are told to return to where they came
from.

A larger police force is needed to manage this misery.
Governments, both right and left, are aware that it is impossible
to control such a numerous population just by using the police.
Therefore, they want to turn each and every citizen into a
plainclothes cop, in charge of policing and denouncing any
uncivil or strange behaviour. No wonder the harangue about zero
tolerance is so popular.

The building of Europe, in the point of view of capitalists, means
taking apart the welfare state, and substituting the "soft" face of
the State for its most "hard" face, strengthening authoritarian
policies and security. In this context, the events of September
11th was an unexpected gift for politicians in power: with the
excuse of fighting terrorism, it puts into effect a whole judicial
arsenal to reprise those who live in the ghettos and those militants
who are fighting against globalisation and/or capitalism.

We propose:

* The abolition of freedom-destroying laws and states of siege.
* The abolition of two-tiered justice: the end of impunity for
politicians and the police, the end of assaults on the poor and
those who fight for freedom, justice and liberty.

EUROPE: FREE CIRCULATION?

Immigration policies are becoming more and more coercive. But
their goal is not that of expulsing all illegal immigrants from
Europe. This is impossible due to three reasons:

* A lack of means: how many aeroplanes or boats would be
needed to expel all the illegal immigrants?
* A political problem: if the State wanted to expel all the illegal
immigrants, it would have to organise raids on a major scale. The
European States cannot risk the enormous protests that this
action would cause.
* Problems of the economy: illegal workers are a workforce
that can be easily controlled and which, against their will, can put
pressure on fellow insecure workers.

The goal is have at hand a workforce that will accept the most
insecure working conditions together with the worst salaries and
conditions. Entire sections of the economy base their profits on
the exploitation of these people: building companies, restaurants,
textiles, agriculture, etc.

Immigrants are those who most suffer the freedom-killings
measures taken to build the EU. All over Europe we are
experiencing a flood of undocumented "sans papiers," and forced
expulsions, which, at best, return the immigrants to oppression,
misery or death. These measures affect all those who live in
Europe. Restrictions on public and individual freedom are the
norm. The global war declared against terrorism as a result of the
11th September is used as a pretext to continually reinforce
emergency policies, under the plan of truly increasing the power
of capital and of the State over society.

To this respect we demand:

* An ample development of public liberties and elementary
rights. In first place the freedom of movement and of residence
for all, without taking nationality into account.
* The abolition of all racist and xenophobic European laws.
* International solidarity to those countries where the
immigrants in Europe originally came from.

EUROPE: MORE PROSPEROUS?

Europe has tens of millions of ever more controlled, exploited,
dominated and insecure workers. Millions of workers are driven
to poverty due to meagre salaries. There are millions of
unemployed, homeless or in shantytowns, sick people without
medical attention or proper schooling.

Prosperity is reserved for a tiny fraction of the population, the
industrial or financial capitalists and their watchmen formed by
politicians, technocrats and experts, together with stock
investors, those who create stock market layoffs, relocate
companies and stuff themselves with subsidies and of fiscal
grants.

For our part, we adamantly reject the capitalist accumulation of
wealth in the hands of a small minority.

* We fight, in line with other struggles, to impose a real
redistribution of wealth and advance towards achieving the
principle of "to each according to his/her needs, from each
according to his/her means".
* This redistribution is meant to end up in the
self-management of all means of production and exchange.
* Starting now, we will fight to gain the strength and the
capacity to be an alternative against Capital and State
mechanisms. We follow the struggle to extend and spread the
rights of workers and the repressed to expropriate the bosses and
shareholders, destroying their control over society.

EUROPE: PEACE?

The European Union countries are part of NATO, the major
cause of world-wide conflict. These countries have actively
participated in the wars in Iraq, in ex-Yugoslavia, and in
Afghanistan. Europe sells her weapons to and trains the soldiers
and policemen of the world's worst dictatorships.

Europe is carrying out political, economical and cultural policies
of imperialism, which are capable of provoking violent opposition
and resistance and the arising of national identities. This
imperialism is the cause of the current barbarity suffered by the
majority of the planet.

To this end we demand the immediate:

* Converting of military industries to civil and social uses.
* Dismantling of armies.
* Asylum for deserters throughout the world, to force the
authorities to take specific measures to help freedom struggles
around the world, especially, at this moment in time, those
undertaken by revolutionary and democratic women in
Afghanistan.

EUROPE: SECURITY?

It's security is for speculators, for bosses who sack workers and
for corrupt politicians.

At the same time, it is police insecurity. The cops have all the
rights, they carry out more and more identity checks and other
types of oppression, without depriving themselves of controls
"just-because-they-want-to", with the support of racist laws.
Europe equals police shooting real bullets and the assassinations
of protestors in Gotenburg and Genoa.

Finally, Europe is social insecurity, institutionalising
unemployment and insecure employment as a norm, using
misery and fear to break any vague desires for struggle or fight.

To get rid of this daily insecurity, we must:

* Impose a right for all producers, users, and consumers to
control their products and their social usefulness.
* Build through our struggles an equality that is not just a
catch-phrase, but rather an economical and social reality.

EUROPE: RESPECT FOR NATURE?

The capitalist plans to increase production are driving us straight
into a brick wall. We are clearly reaching the ecological limits of
our planet: weather changes, global warming, nuclear danger,
toxic food, genetic manipulations and so on... Economic powers
and their political partners have pledge for increasing productivity
in order to improve profits. These are the true criminals against
nature, who are making our planet impossible to live in.

Europe is above all ecological and health insecurity: oil-spills,
industrial catastrophes, mad cows, hoof and mouth disease, and
GMO's (Genetically Modified Organisms.)

To this end we must:

* Make a radical break from capitalist productivism.
* Question any production that is not socially useful,
redirecting it to in lines that are respectful with Nature.

EUROPE, DEMOCRACY?

The Europe of bureaucrats finds no objections to the presence of
governments including Fascist ministers in Austria and Italy. It
does not take into account the referendums held in Denmark, and
more recently in Ireland, against building a Europe designed to
favour the bosses. It simply ignores or repeats them until the
result suits the interests of the technocrats in Brussels. The way
Europe works is antidemocratic, and is the result of a gang of
technocrats at exclusive service the bourgeoisie and multinational
companies.

Western societies, in Europe especially, cannot eternally avoid
their responsibility with respect to the policies adopted by their
respective governments. In effect, the capitalist barbarity that is
carried out under their name. Democracy is the government of
the people by the people. The so-called democratic governments
are elected on the basis of programmes proposed to their voters,
without any sort of controlled mandate. Reality shows that voters
do not have any control or sway over the policies taken by their
governments.

In this way, in Genoa, the people in charge of the G8 ignored the
calls of the 200,000 demonstrators, and decided to resort to force,
murdering one of our fellow demonstrators. On the other hand,
the European commission voluntarily submits itself to the
pressures of the multinational lobbies located in a nearby
building. Put another way, 200,000 protestors are not "hearable,"
while the politicians and bureaucrats carefully listen to capitalist
lobbies. Where is the democracy here? We reject this empty
concept of market democracy, cut off from the people.

We want:

* Direct democracy and self-management.
* An open and sincere debate on all that affects our lives.
* A truly federalist organisation based on direct action,
egalitarian in both access to and use of power,anti-hierarchical
and anti-bureaucratic.

SOCIAL RESISTANCE DOES NOT STOP IN THE COUNTER
SUMMITS.

It is necessary to organise against the international summits of
world capitalism, the European Union, the G8, the World Bank,
the International Monetary Fund, etc. But that is not enough to
radically change society.

In order to defeat capitalism, our struggle must be permanent and
daily. It must be in all spheres, be they social, workplace, or
political, carried out by the workers, the precarious workers,
unemployed workers, social collectives, by citizens. Together,
defending our rights, fighting for an improvement in our
conditions of living, for freedom and equality, for a culture and a
society unfettered from commercial tyranny, and following the
principles of direct democracy.

For us, the libertarians, these struggles are not a means to
conquer the power of others. For us, these struggles are a means
to radically change society. Instead of power, we want freedom;
instead of privilege, we want justice.

This text is taken from the Libertarian call to Sevilla 2002 which
was put together by groups involved in International Libertarian
Solidarity for the Seville 2002 EU summit protests. The original
text is online at
http://struggle.ws/global/seville/SILstatement.html.
PARTICIPATING ORGANISATIONS in SIL include: AL
BADIL (Lebanon), ALTERNATIVA LIBERTARIA
(Cataluña), ALTERNATIVE LIBERTAIRE (France), CGT
(Spain), CNT (France), CONSEJO INDIGENA POPULAR
Oaxaca (Mexico), FAG (Brazil), FAU (Uruguay), MARMITAG
(Greece), NO PASARAN (France), ORA-S (Czech Republic),
OSL (Argentina), OSL (Switzerland), SAC (Sweden) &
UNICOBAS (Italy) Support Messages Sent ANACHO
SYNDICO (India), FAF (France), IWW (USA), NEFAC
(North-East Canada-USA), SKT (Siberia), USI-Rome (Italy),
WSM (Ireland), Bikisha Media Collective (South Africa),
Zabalaza Books (South Africa)

SIL website - http://www.ils-sil.org
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copied from http://struggle.ws/wsm/pamphlets/eu/
Part of the pages of the
Workers Solidarity Movement
http://struggle.ws/wsm



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