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(en) Argentina, OSL, THE NEED OF OUR OWN PROJECT - On the importance of a program in the libertarian political organization.

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Date Sun, 19 Sep 2004 07:20:10 +0200 (CEST)

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We that believe in the construction of a libertarian
political organization, of an anarchism that as a
revolutionary project have real impact in the class
struggle, see the need of adopting a clear program of
action that is the fruit of collective discussion and
express our principles and revolutionary objectives and that
determine the tasks to be realized in each step taken.
The importance of anarchists having such a program is
expressed by Bakunin when he stated that "one should
never renounce the clear established revolutionary
program, not in what concerns to its form, not in what
concerns its substance"[1]. In our nderstanding, its
fundamental importance comes from the fact that the
said program expresses the ideological, theoretical
and practical unity of the revolutionary organization.

Just like our militant action adjusts itself to the
collectively discussed and agreed upon program, there
are groups, organizations and collectives that reject
both in theory and in practice the necessity of a
program. There are many reasons for that attitude. On
one side, the belief that the creation of a program
would nullify the freedom of action of the militants;
on the other side, the exacerbated search for
the needed unity of anarchists to the point in which
unity is preferred at any cost, in the fear of risking
positions, ideas and proposals sometimes
irreconcilable. The result of these types of union
are libertarian collectives without much more in
common than considering themselves anarchists. About
this, Malatesta stated that: "in every case an
organization lives as long as the reasons of union
are superior to the ones of separation; if that's not
the case it dissolves and it leaves behind more
homogeneous groupings". Later he adds that "we
certainly would feel happy if we could all be in
agreement and unite all forces of anarchism in one
movement. (...) It is better that we are disunited
than badly united".[2]

In accordance with those words we say that the reasons
for union must be formed into a program, or else "the
only cooperation that could happen would be based in
sentimental desires, vague and confused, and
there would be no real unity of perspectives. There
would be then only a marching under the same banner,
with ideas that are not only different but even in
opposition to one another." [3] We say that
because we understand the existence of a program as
the result of the profound discussion of all that
makes the revolutionary objectives, ideas and
practices, leaving behind the " idea of creating a
program of patches, by the collection of small points
of communality" that "think that all points of view
are correct". "It is in this sense that the program is
not the collection of secondary aspects that bring
together (or often, that do not divide) the people
that think similarly, but it is the analysis and
proposals that are only adopted by those that believe
in it and decided to spread this work and make
it a reality".[4]

It most be clear that the correct program, the one
that is able to insert itself successfully into the
revolutionary process, the program that the oppressed
make their own, cannot and should not be the creation
of a group of "intellectuals" that want to spread and
impose their ideas and whims at the world. The program
must come from a rigorous analysis of society and the
correlation of the forces that are part of it, it must
have as foundation the experience of the
struggle of the oppressed and their aspirations, and
from those elements it must set the goals and the
tasks to be followed by the revolutionary organization
in order to succeed not only in the final
objective but also in the immediate ones.

We said earlier that the program should express
clearly the ideological principles and revolutionary
objectives of the organization. In the same way there
should be set those objectives that should be won in
the short term in a specific step of the struggle: the
immediate goals. There should be understood that just
like the ideological principles are inalterable and
the revolutionary preposition is irrenunciable, the
short-term goals of the organization will change
according to the changes that come its way, be it that
the goals were fulfilled, be that circumstance
requires new goals to be set.

The militant action around the program of the
organization implies "not just deal with things when
they happen, neither deal with each situation isolated
from the other nor lose enthusiasm because the advance
is not immediately visible. It is about setting goals
and move towards them. It is about choosing actions
and establishing priorities
based in these objectives. This implies, of course,
that there are activities that we will not do, actions
in which we shall not be. They might be important or
even spectacular, however, they do not count if they
do not fit with the purposes of the step of our
program. In other cases, in activities that are in
harmony with our goals, we will be in
the absolute minority or with great complications. To
choose what is more pleasing or with less
complications is not a correct policy."[5]

Spontaneity – that includes no planning, that is a far
cry from acting according to an analysis of the
situation but is acting at whim without taking in
consideration the utility of an act, that makes of
certain actions an end on themselves and do not see
them as means to reach certain goal, that only acts
forced by a situation created by the popular masses
and ceases to act when the said activity decreases
– cannot have a place if the organization base its
activities in a program; nor there is a place for
individualism, "which resists any discipline between
militants, that refuses to 'define itself', or to
'fit itself', (...) direct descendant of bourgeois
liberalism, it only reacts to strong stimulus, joins
the struggle only in its heightened moments, denying
to work continuously, specially in moments of
relative rest between the struggles" [6].

We know that anarchists will participate of a
revolutionary process in which we will not be the only
organized force; that there are and there will be
later in the future, other proposals of social
transformation which we shall face to give social
revolution the desired path. And, in order to insert
ourselves successfully, so the revolution is socialist
and libertarian, we have to systematically
organize ourselves around our proposal expressed in
the program so that we can carry on an effective
revolutionary militancy and in accordance with the
popular needs, that draw from the difficulties and
complications of the struggle itself. Because we
believe, like Bakunin, that "in politics there is no
honest and useful practice without a theory and a
objective clearly defined"[7], we shall build
the libertarian political organization armed with our
ideological conviction and a open political attitude,
non-sectarian, put to the test constantly by the daily
actions. This is possible of being
obtained through a collective action that is based in
the program of the anarchist revolutionary

[1] Mijail Bakunin, Programa revolucionario y programa
liberal, en La
Libertad (Selección de François Muñoz), Editorial
Proyección, Buenos
Aires, 1975.

[2] Ericco Malatesta, La organización, en Malatesta,
Pensamiento y
acción revolucionarios (Selección de Vernon Richards),
Proyección, Buenos Aires, 1974.

[3]George Fontanis, Manifiesto Comunista Libertario,
Ediciones Hombre
y Sociedad, Chile, 1999.

[4] Idem nota 3.

[5] Sobre el concepto de estrategia, XI Congreso de la
Anarquista Uruguaya, 1997.

[6] Organización y método en el trabajo cotidiano,
Recortes, elementos
para la formación y la discusión, Coordinadora Pro

[7] Idem nota 1.
Translated by member of Furious Five Revolutionary Collective
San Jose, CA
The original at it at www.geocities.com/jmheredia.geo .
It is the website of En La Calle, which is part of the
OSL from argentina.

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