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(en) Morocco: Project for the creation of a Libertarian Studies & Research Centre - an appeal for international collaboration and support [ca]

Date Sun, 21 Aug 2005 14:04:26 +0300

WHO WE ARE --- We are autonomous people who think that anarchism (and libertarian thought in
general) should occupy a place among the thought that circulates in society. It
is clear to us that anarchist thought is marginalized and that there is a high
degree of ignorance about it among people in Morocco. Nevertheless, in the
recent past, Moroccan society has on occasions used libertarian practices in
its daily life. It is in the community life where mutual aid, autonomy and
collective ownership have always been present; this daily social practice is
not very well-known, irrespective of its ideological qualification. It was a
path, in which one can see a strong relationship with what is called the libertarian
project. In this society, actions are more important than any ideological qualification.


To study society, to understand it better, it is necessary to go about it from
a libertarian point of view, at least in order to present a different vision
from the one which currently circulates. Up to now, anarchist theory has never
considered Moroccan society. In spite of the marginalización, there do exist
vestiges of self-management, of autonomy and of mutual aid that have always
been present, in spite of the resolute enemy offensive to put an end to any
aspect of collective, anti-capitalist life.


Our intention is to form a rich library of anarchist literature in all its
diversity, that contains a memory of anarchism as a weapon of defence.

We also intend to organize conferences on theoretical topics, that illustrate
the anarchist heritage that exists in the world. To provide information on
experiences in other countries, towns and various communities, both in the past
and present, in order to show our people that capitalism is not humanity's
final aim, and that the current victory of imperialism is simply because the
struggle against it is weak, dispersed and disorganized.


The main objective of the C.L.E.R. (Centre Libertaire d’Études et Recherches -
Libertarian Studies and Research Centre) is to gather, classify and archive
everything related to anarchism: books, writings, works, magazines and
philosophical and sociological periodicals. In our opinion, both philosophy and
human sciences are fundamental pillars of a critical spirit that is conscious
of the need for plurality, diversity and differences, and of the impossibility
of setting out a pre-determined model of society in advance. Spontaneity and
freedom of action and of thought are indispensable for the construction of a
society that respects human dignity. For that reason, we will give the
necessary priority to the human sciences and not to ideologies; to the action
of people and free, autonomous groups, and not to "sacred" texts, to propaganda
or to slogans.

We will form a rich library (books, magazines, newspapers, posters, pamphlets,
videos, documents, university theses and research... in various languages.
Translation into Arabic will be one of the concerns of the centre, as well as
the organization of debates, seminars, exhibitions... and other activities to
facilitate encounters with militants and libertarian writers from all over the

We are fully aware of the difficulties we face; that our task is enormous.
However, with the participation and cooperation of other similar centres, we
know we can do it.

We call on all anarchist studies and research centres and on all anarchist and
libertarian militants to help us fulfil this dream. At present we are working
on the publication of a magazine called "Here & Now".

With libertarian greetings

Brahim Fillali <tafokt2001 -A- yahoo.fr>

[from www.rojoynegro.info - translated by a-infos]
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