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(en) Anarkismo.net: Mexico, Oaxaca, Turn the Corner by Kiado Cruz - OaxacaLibre.org*

Date Fri, 05 Sep 2008 07:39:25 +0300



At this moment, the Oaxacan social movement appears to be fragmented and pulled
in many different directions. It's necessary to turn the corner in order to
visualize the profound change that we all long for and need in Oaxaca. -- Oaxaca
Repression ---- At this moment, the Oaxacan social movement appears to be
fragmented and pulled in many different directions, some seeking an
uncomfortable relationship with the regime, others hoping the worst has passed,
and still others moving in new directions. There seems to be a general
paralysis, expressed in the common belief that only a divine intervention
(without a doubt well-deserved) can actually put an end to this regime. We know
that none of those options seem likely.

It's necessary to turn the corner in order to visualize the profound change that
we all long for and need in Oaxaca. It seems most realistic and with the
greatest probability of success, to continue with the regeneration of an
opposition movement, based in actual Oaxacan reality, starting with the fact
that nobody likes URO (the fraudulently elected governor of Oaxaca, Ulises Ruiz
Ortiz) nor his people. There are difficult elements that can also serve to bind
us together in order to create the broadest and most united movement - because
the pressures that the neighborhoods and communities are suffering are very
acute and the demands of everyday life are very intense and diverse. It can
frequently be observed that the mobilizations organized to present demands to
the authorities don't in reality correspond to the priorities or authentic needs
of the people, but to circumstantial factors that receive the most urgent
attention and while neglecting the most important issues.

Reviewing the situation we come across many elements to help regain the
initiative - not with barricades but with an effort for the construction of
alternatives - we need concrete actions in which the people, fed up with
everything, can participate. Perhaps we can learn from the foolishness of URO,
when in September 2006, everything was against him. He took a gamble, didn't
yield, and was able to change his luck and reestablish himself. We can do the
same with much greater legitimacy.

For a long time, we've become accustomed to believing that power comes only from
legislative assemblies. I've considered this belief a grave error caused by
inertia and a kind of hypnotism. A superficial study of history has made us
think that all power is handed to the people by parliaments. The radical thing
is that the power is actually in the people and is only momentarily entrusted to
those whom the people choose to elect as their own representatives.

Parliaments don't have power and couldn't even exist independent of the people.
To convince people of this simple reality is sometimes difficult, but I believe
that civil disobedience is the root of power. Neither Gandhi nor the indigenous
peoples accept that democracy is the provenance of government, not even a
government "of the people, by the people, for the people". They don't see
democracy as a system of governance, although as "double speak" the Zapatistas
refer to this concept, as Gandhi did. So that the political parties and others
of that mindset may understand, we can describe this to them in terms they
recognize, as means for the perfecting of formal democracy. But for us it's
something else, substantially different. The formal system of government, with
elections and so on, can be used as a type of political umbrella that permits
the creation of other spaces to recreate this something else, and this something
else is really "communalocracy", something essentially different from formal
democracy.

It is important to reflect on our actions if our movement is really to be beyond
ideologies or if we are really to be a movement that has a face and a heart that
we intuitively know is based in the depths of our way of thinking, feeling and
acting that we inherited from our ancestors and that in recent decades has been
called communalism, understood as the common good for those that are the
community. With this intuition we can be sure that amongst ourselves we can
define the constructive means of action and can learn from the revolutionary
past, which in order to gain power surrendered to bourgeois reformism as a
result of it lacking a clear project for the country, state, neighborhood, or
community. That is to say, they didn't take the time to consider proposals that
attacked the root issues in order to go beyond not just the established order,
but also to go beyond the chaos generated as a result of not having a
constructive program.

Meanwhile, repression continues under the rubric of security, the police
presence increases and with it common crime, as well as violent assaults and
kidnappings. Intimidation against the opposition continues and the political
prisoners remain as hostages of the system. But no manner of police or military
coercion can bend the will of the people, because the people understand the
connection between the presence of police and the presence of crime, from the
stories and personal experiences they've lived through. For the times that are
coming, we must be sure of something. Because they will be times of struggle. We
are learning what that means. In the meantime, in order to defeat the rationale
of our adversaries we must be doubly sure of our own. And this is more difficult
that it appears. Human reason is not the child, as some believe, of the disputes
between men, but of the loving dialogue that searches for coexistence
independent of, but inseparable from, personal complexities.

Kiado Cruz is editor of OaxacaLibre.org.

Translated from the Spanish by Scott Campbell:
http://angrywhitekid.blogs.com/weblog/

Spanish original:
http://oaxacalibre.org/oaxlibre/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2082&Itemid=29
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* An antiauthoritarian anticapitalist
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