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(en) Italy: FdCA Council of Delegates Statement on the forthcoming Italian elections [it]

Date Wed, 22 Mar 2006 19:29:00 +0200

On 9th April 2006, bourgeois representative democracy will once more be
celebrating its traditional rite of the General Election. Both camps are in
search of legitimacy and votes. The right needs them, aware as it is that its
5-year spell in office spelled ruin in every area that it was involved in; the
centre-left needs them, aware as it is that it of its inability to offer an
alternative to the right and to pressure from Italian capital. A great deal of
hope is being placed in the 9th April, that it signal the long-awaited "kicking
out" of Berlusconi and the demolition of his "House of Liberty" coalition. We
have no interest in denigrating or denying anyone the individual freedom to
exercise their right to vote. Neither do we necessarily consider indifferent or
revolutionary those who decide not to vote be it out of a desire to express
radical criticism of the parliamentary system or simply because the two
coalitions are practically identical.

What interests us is that the 9th April must not be allowed to signal the end
of the various movements that have coloured the Italian political scene since
2001; the many movements born from the grassroots and which in many cases (be
it thanks to their capacity for self-organization and self-management or not)
have remained as grassroots movements, in areas such as anti-capitalist
struggles, workers' and union struggles, ecological and environmental
struggles, pacifist and anti-militarist struggles, the struggles of migrants,
against State repression, feminist struggles and the secularist and
anti-clericalist struggles of recent times.

They have been tough, difficult struggles, on two levels. On the one hand to
unmask the mis-values of the right mixed with the mis-values of neo-liberalism
(individualism, competition, arrogance, corruption, ignorance, injustice,
de-regulation of civilized life, increased precariousness of individual
lives...). On the other hand, to renew and practise the value of freedom
through solidarity, through the defence and use of self-organization, through
the demand for and protection of the individual and collective rights of
people, workers, migrants. But do these movements and these struggles have a
future? We are certain they do, as long as they do not fall prey to the
illusion that elections are the only possibility to carry out any sort of
structural change. We are certain they do, if we have been successful in making
people aware that the capitalist neo-liberalism of our day can always count on
the State and the government. And that is our option: to work towards the
political capacity to express self-organization and conflict by all those with
an interest in carrying out a radical change within society towards
self-management and equality.

On 10th April, someone will be declared as the elected winner. If the right
loses, we will have cause to be happy (and why not?!). If the centre-left wins,
as good materialists we will have cause to be worried. We have not forgotten
the centre-left governments of the period from 1996 to 2001, which laid the
basis for the iniquities of their successors in the centre-right government.
But this time, perhaps, there will be no carte blanche mandate: from precarious
labour to the Schools Reform, from the TAV (High-Speed Train Link) to nuclear
energy, from the attack on abortion legislation to that on IVF technology, from
troops in Afghanistan to thos in Iraq, from the Bossi-Fini immigration law to
the CPTs (immigrant detention centres), these are all open wounds which are
still visible on the rights, feelings and values of Italian and migrant
workers, and this time round (perhaps) there will be no party, trade-union or
church drive belt strong enough, no social peace or partnership to "keep the
people in line". And we, with our characteristic way of doing politics, from
below and collectively, through assemblies and self-management, communist and
anarchist, we will continue our commitment both before and after the 9th April,
to do our best to ensure that a huge, moving social opposition can live,
organize and struggle for an alternative that is both communist and

Council of Delegates
Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici
Cremona, 15th January 2006


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