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(en) Portugal: Thinking today about 25th April 1974 [pt]

Date Fri, 14 Apr 2006 17:37:03 +0300

We need to have done with parliamentary illusions Parliamentary democracy does
not exist. The only democracy is one which actually allows you to make decisions
that concern your life yourself. This is called direct democracy, invented long ago
by the workers' movement, but which has so far not been experienced for any
great length of time or over a large area, as no libertarian social revolution
has ever triumphed in a stable way.
However, this true democracy, direct democracy, allied to federalism, is
regularly practised by thousands of anarchist, anarcho-syndicalist, libertarian
communist and libertarian socialist collectives worldwide. It is not, then, a
utopia. It only needs to be put into practice on the larger scale of a whole society.

One of the most serious mistakes "politicians" make is to attribute any kind of
legitimacy to the regime currently in power. This regime does not have the
slightest legitimacy. Those in power are there as a result of trickery, fraud
and lies. Nor can they be said to be representatives of the feelings of one or
other sector of the population! The great majority of people who voted in the
last elections did so with a genuine feeling for socialism (in the broad sense
of the term) - they did not do so in order to give carte blanche to the
leadership of the Socialist Party made up of neo-liberalist lackeys, a
leadership that knew well in advance what the government's real programme would
be and kept it hidden, the only way it could ensure it kept its hands on the

The 25th April is not coming back - what we need is a new revolutionary wind,
one that features questions of present importance dealing with:
* job precarity
* power within the workplace and within society
* self-organization
* horizontality
* the extinction of capitalism
* safeguards to the ecosystem
* an end to discrimination; etc.

The 25th April was about the end of the colonial wars, the end of a Fascist
dictatorship, the need for free expression, the rupture with capitalist
protectionism, the end of political and diplomatic isolation, etc.

The "socialist" element was only window-dressing, necessary if the people were
to support this essentially bourgeois "revolution", the last bourgeois
revolution to take place in Europe before the collapse of the USSR and the
Eastern-European totalitarian regimes in the late '80s and early '90s.

Let no-one be tricked (or trick themselves)!

The path of revolution in this country is not the continuation of the bourgeois
"revolution" of 25th April 1974!!!

Manuel Baptista
Colectivo "Luta Social"

Translation by www.anarkismo.net

From the forthcoming edition of "Luta Social", journal of the "Colectivo
Anti-Autoritário de Luta de Classes"

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