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(en) Portugal: "Luta Social", No.14: Editorial [pt]

Date Thu, 27 Apr 2006 15:54:57 +0300

Today we are witness to the fact that Portuguese society is in a phase of weak
Perhaps it is time we asked ourselves about the causes of these highs and lows
in social and political activity: one thing is sure, that electoral cycles are related.
Election campaigns are usually frenetic periods, full of false debates and vain
hopes. And many people exhaust their curiosity in conjectures on who will end
up as the winner of the next elections.
However, in any case, neither the new arrangement of the parties in the
parliament (be it in Portugal or other countries) or the new tenant of the
presidential palace will really change our lives.

The persistent illusion of the political circus keeps the people passive, even
when they feel frustrated, as they substitute genuine civic participation for
an absurd faith in the vote. A more or less "worthy" vote. A more or less
"fervent" faith, without any rational basis.

And as soon as they feel betrayed (and they really do feel it, in most cases),
they repress the sensation, minimizing their own hopes of yesterday, without
ever questioning their support for this absurd "lottery".

So, the political circus permits the alternation, in short cycles, between
periods of glory and hope with periods of indifference and retreat... Such is
the game; this is how the "masses" are kept under control.

But our work is not a short-term task, but a long-term one.

Our goal is to build another way of living, starting with a new way of looking
at things.

We began this adventure of giving and receiving, of sharing and of exchanging
just one year ago... not just between ourselves, here in the "Luta Social"
Collective, but in dialogue with our readers and friends.

And we intend to go on with our task in this way.

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Article from "Luta Social" No.14,
Journal of the "Luta Social" anti-authoritarian class-struggle collective


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