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(en) Turkey, Anarchist Communist Initiative, Paris riots, the welfare state and the racism of neoliberalism by Ender Yilmaz

Date Mon, 14 Nov 2005 14:28:44 +0200


The flame which spread from Paris to the whole France is not new.
The flame of the immigrants and laborers of oppressed nations who
became the scapegoats of the social and economic destruction of
neoliberalism burned Lyon suburbs in France on October 1990, Bristol in
the UK on July 1992 and Los Angeles in the US on February 1992. This flame
showed to the whole world the economic and social attack of neoliberalism
and the racism covered by discourses on integration and citizenship.
> Let Paris Burn!
After the two world wars and the great economic depression the imperialist
Western countries transformed themselves in the 1950’s to so-called “welfare
states”. These states presented themselves as ideal and egalitarian democracies
in contrast to the bureaucratic dictatorships in the East and this illusion was
not totally destroyed either by their openly imperialist interventions or by
the opposition movements emerged in them in the 1960’s. On the
contrary these movements became a mask which strengthened this
illusion when they integrated more and more into the system.

“The welfare states” were founded with the profits coming
from Asia, Africa and Latin America and form the working class
which grows with the immigrants coming from those continents. In
the 1970’s “the welfare states” become unsustainable for
the hegemony of the bosses and neoliberal screams aiming to steal
even the last cent from the pockets of the laborers echoed on the
whole world, because the labor movements are defeated and the USSR
proved to be not a real hope. Neoliberalism came to power with
Thatcher in England, Reagan in the US and Özal in Turkey.

Neoliberal attacks gave the working class nothing more than
unemployment, casualisation and social misery. Furthermore the
hypocrisy of the West is revealed which shows its respect only
according to the skin color and mother languages of the people. In the
first flush of victory created by the collapse of the USSR and the
hegemony of capitalism on the whole world American and European
countries believed that they can deal with this misery growing next to
them.

The flame which spread from Paris to the whole France is not new.
The flame of the immigrants and laborers of oppressed nations who
became the scapegoats of the social and economic destruction of
neoliberalism burned Lyon suburbs in France on October 1990, Bristol
in the UK on July 1992 and Los Angeles in the US on February 1992.
This flame showed to the whole world the economic and social attack
of neoliberalism and the racism covered by discourses on integration
and citizenship. This flame became a light of hope for the laborers of
the Europe and for the millions who are oppressed in the capitalist
system of exploitation and sentenced to hunger, poverty and wars.
This hypocrisy and economic misery which today became apparent
after the death of two kids in French, the Katrina Hurricane in the US
and the events in ?emdinli in Northern Kurdistan* can only be stopped
by the united attack of the laborers and the oppressed.

They won’t be able to sit comfortably in their plazas, villas,
luxurious clubs, and sterile streets. They cannot stop the rage of
Seattle, Genova and Thessalonica with oppression or fear from
“terror”. We know that they are the source of terror, violence,
deaths and hunger and we, the laborers of the earth, can only attain
our freedom by uniting and struggling against them. One day the
flame of freedom and equality will spread form the suburbs of Paris
and streets of ?emdinli to the whole world and at that day they
won’t have any place to hide and any lie to mask themselves.

Paris was founded by the products of artisan who was driven to
misery, by the hard work of the new workers who were banished from
their villages, by the bloody gold coins coming from Algeria and by the
knowledge of the engineer who lost his dignity. If burning Paris will let
the founders of Paris to breathe freely, if it can make them free even
for a while, then we are shouting from here: Let Paris burn! Let the
world of the oppressors burn! We can build a new Paris; we can build
a new world. That world is growing this minute in our heaths!

Anarchist Communist Initiative

http://www.anarsistkomunizm.org/AKi/portal/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=74&Itemid=2

munistic form of society established in the
USSR and elsewhere."
<p>If that was correct then this would be a very short article.
However,
as so often, the Concise Oxford is wrong again. In fact the terms
socialism
and communism appear in England around the 1820s as terms
adopted by members
of the cooperative movement who were sick of hearing their politics
referred
to as "Owenism". Originally the two terms were undifferentiated but
by
the 1840s communism was used by revolutionaries to differentiate
themselves
from reformists such as J.S.Mill who had adopted socialism to cover
an
indigestible mess of reformisms.
<p>By the 1870s the terms had moved from differentiating means to
distinguishing
ends. The proper Oxford English Dictionary notes in its sources:
<p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; "Forster Diary 11 May in T. W. Reid Life
(1888) ....
I learn that the great distinction between communism and socialism is
that
the latter believes in payment according to work done and the former
does
not".
<p>It is this meaning of communism as opposed to socialism that
evolved
in the late nineteenth century that this article discusses. Of course its
not that important to get hung up on a name, for many people the
Concise
definition of communism being something to do with Marx and the
USSR is
the one they know. For us the name of the post-capitalist society we
aim
to help construct is a detail, what matters is the content of the ideas.
Nonetheless for the purposes of this article we need to choose a name
so
we stick with the historical one.
<p>You can download, print out and distibute this essay as a PDF file
<br>What is communism
<p>Beginnings
<p>As long as society has been divided into the privileged and the
exploited
there has been resistance and that resistance has found voice and
expression
in the language of the oppressed seeking to define the road to their
freedom.
Communism, however is the product of the rise of capitalist society
and
the new conditions of oppression and new possibilities for freedom it
brought.
The introduction of capitalism involved the struggle for power of a
new
class excluded from the governance of pre-capitalist agrarian based
society
and the voice they found to express and direct that struggle was
political
economy. Communism then begins as the other new class, the
proletariat
or working class, seeks to find its voice and finding itself in contest
with the emerging capitalist class is forced to take on confront and
subvert
the voice of their opponent. Thus communism as a discourse begins
as a
response to political economy.
<br>Political Economy
<p>Political economy begins with the work of Adam Smith in the late
17th
century. Smith's "Wealth of Nations" was a project of leaving behind
the
religious discourse of the previous century's Civil War where political
tendencies couched their class aspirations and ambitions in the
language
of theology. To do so he followed the enlightenment push to create a
secular,
rational and "scientific" discourse which attempted to avoid the
murderous
and indeterminable controversies of religion by reference to "facts".
The
aim was to determine the best course of government action or policy
directed
to the end of increasing overall wealth. In order to do this the
challenge
was to define a reliable measure of wealth or "value". Given the history
of inflation, currency alone was clearly not viable as a direct measure.
In the end Smith settled for a theory of value based on the amount of
labour
embodied in goods produced.
<p>This was the basis of what was to be further developed by
subsequent
political ec Paris riots, the welfare state and the racism of
neoliberalism
by Ender Yilmaz - Anarchist Communist Initiative Sunday, Nov 13
2005, 9:55pm
france / belgium / luxemburg / anarchist movement / opinion/analysis

Anarchists in Turkey on the French riots.

The flame which spread from Paris to the whole France is not new.
The flame of the immigrants and laborers of oppressed nations who
became the scapegoats of the social and economic destruction of
neoliberalism burned Lyon suburbs in France on October 1990, Bristol
in the UK on July 1992 and Los Angeles in the US on February 1992.
This flame showed to the whole world the economic and social attack
of neoliberalism and the racism covered by discourses on integration
and citizenship.

Let Paris Burn!

After the two world wars and the great economic depression the
imperialist Western countries transformed themselves in the
1950’s to so-called “welfare states”. These states
presented themselves as ideal and egalitarian democracies in contrast
to the bureaucratic dictatorships in the East and this illusion was not
totally destroyed either by their openly imperialist interventions or by
the opposition movements emerged in them in the 1960’s. On the
contrary these movements became a mask which strengthened this
illusion when they integrated more and more into the system.

“The welfare states” were founded with the profits coming
from Asia, Africa and Latin America and form the working class
which grows with the immigrants coming from those continents. In
the 1970’s “the welfare states” become unsustainable for
the hegemony of the bosses and neoliberal screams aiming to steal
even the last cent from the pockets of the laborers echoed on the
whole world, because the labor movements are defeated and the USSR
proved to be not a real hope. Neoliberalism came to power with
Thatcher in England, Reagan in the US and Özal in Turkey.

Neoliberal attacks gave the working class nothing more than
unemployment, casualisation and social misery. Furthermore the
hypocrisy of the West is revealed which shows its respect only
according to the skin color and mother languages of the people. In the
first flush of victory created by the collapse of the USSR and the
hegemony of capitalism on the whole world American and European
countries believed that they can deal with this misery growing next to
them.

The flame which spread from Paris to the whole France is not new.
The flame of the immigrants and laborers of oppressed nations who
became the scapegoats of the social and economic destruction of
neoliberalism burned Lyon suburbs in France on October 1990, Bristol
in the UK on July 1992 and Los Angeles in the US on February 1992.
This flame showed to the whole world the economic and social attack
of neoliberalism and the racism covered by discourses on integration
and citizenship. This flame became a light of hope for the laborers of
the Europe and for the millions who are oppressed in the capitalist
system of exploitation and sentenced to hunger, poverty and wars.
This hypocrisy and economic misery which today became apparent
after the death of two kids in French, the Katrina Hurricane in the US
and the events in ?emdinli in Northern Kurdistan* can only be stopped
by the united attack of the laborers and the oppressed.

They won’t be able to sit comfortably in their plazas, villas,
luxurious clubs, and sterile streets. They cannot stop the rage of
Seattle, Genova and Thessalonica with oppression or fear from
“terror”. We know that they are the source of terror, violence,
deaths and hunger and we, the laborers of the earth, can only attain
our freedom by uniting and struggling against them. One day the
flame of freedom and equality will spread form the suburbs of Paris
and streets of ?emdinli to the whole world and at that day they
won’t have any place to hide and any lie to mask themselves.

Paris was founded by the products of artisan who was driven to
misery, by the hard work of the new workers who were banished from
their villages, by the bloody gold coins coming from Algeria and by the
knowledge of the engineer who lost his dignity. If burning Paris will let
the founders of Paris to breathe freely, if it can make them free even
for a while, then we are shouting from here: Let Paris burn! Let the
world of the oppressors burn! We can build a new Paris; we can build
a new world. That world is growing this minute in our heaths!

Anarchist Communist Initiative

http://www.anarsistkomunizm.org/AKi/portal/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=74&Itemid=2
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