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(en) France, Coordination des Groupes Anarchistes - The circus near you (fr, pt)[machine translation]

Date Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:15:02 +0200

It will not have escaped anyone, municipal elections are back. They will take place in late March 2014 and as an electoral misfortune never comes alone, elections to the European Parliament will be held in late May of the same year. The case is heard: we will suffer permanent campaign until next summer, it promises. In fact, it does you will not escape, the campaign has started for a long time, teams up going there all of their balance sheets ... obviously positive. Politicians and parties of all stripes think only this: be re-elected, do not lose an inch of ground, making councils, make a better score than the time before ... Speeches, projects are suspended in the forthcoming elections. It is urgent to do nothing if we do not begin and end if we do that too dragged.

The system is such that just completed an election game, another looms on the horizon, plunging the citizens in a permanent circus where looking for seats or folding seats leads to all the antics and all imaginable meanness.

Campaign, deception ensured

For those who have the stakes are enormous. Maintain power or reclaimed is for parties that alternate in command of the country a major challenge. The alternation is said Democratic is the result of failure or success of the strategic campaign staffs. For others it is to be placed in a position to make a day of the first part of the game or acquire a reputation that gives the feeling of existence and counting.

To achieve their purposes, and some others sell their soup. Rhetoric, slogans thundering, smoking out, demagogy, everything is good to curry favor with an electorate that revels in the total delegation of political action. Those who outsource the management of public affairs (Res Publica) have for their involvement. No clear mandate, so no control, all the conditions are met for getting scammed: this is the deception provided.

Elections, damper social movement

When the Fillon government has introduced its latest pension reform, millions of employee  e  s expressed their overwhelming rejection of this major social decline which has not finished the consequences. Everyone rejected a profoundly unjust and antisocial reform. The government is refusing to yield to popular pressure, it was entitled to expect that the movement hardens. Following quickly showed he would not.

A large majority of those who have a stake in what is called the social movement, has chosen once again to rely on the next election. It was "clear Sarkozy," they would see what they would see in the presidential elections. This movement there was therefore stopped waiting for the next President. The rest is history, a new reform endorsed earlier, employers received gifts as he had not had since the previous passages of the left in power. The social movement did not flinch as stifled by electoral promises he had made himself.

Electioneering coffin democratic illusions

The representative system is presented by its proponents as the finished form of democracy. Generations of Social Democrats took turns hammering incessantly the same dogma: there is no progress possible without recourse to parliamentary representation. For over a century the Communist and Socialist parties of all countries have led the labor movement in the impasse of parliamentarism. The result, it is known: delusions, depression, resignation, despair, rise of the extreme right and religious fundamentalism. The tragic authoritarian communist experiments have made the bed of triumphant capitalism. The pitiful balance sheets of the former USSR and Mao's China are there: the very idea of ââsocial revolution has been discredited for a long time. Exit the communists, we have left parties which have buried all hopes of radical social transformation: the strategy of conquest of power by the elections implies indeed renounce everything that might annoy or frighten the electorate. The alternation creates a complicity that definitely bury any possibility of change in depth. Electioneering is truly the coffin of democratic illusions ...

Act instead elect

For us, anarchists, it is clear that as the social movement will continue to rely on the electoral system, the door to the construction of another future will remain closed. Provided there is good reason to hope for better days. Face of adversity, in the face of austerity, many are those who organize other than submitting to the law of the market.
More than ever the need for social revolution remains valid to end capitalist barbarism, the state and its servants can not and do not want to be the instruments of individual and social emancipation.

Everywhere struggles emerge and develop for housing, feeding, dressing, moving, defending individual and collective freedoms, to grow, to love freely ... It is the basis on which can be developed and popular struggles self against the power of the host State, the servant of a wealthy minority that we wool fleece on the back.

These are the daily struggles that can help to build strong and lasting resistance against domination limitless exploiters of all kinds and of all nationalities.
To meet the needs of the population and meet the economic and social crisis, we propose a classless and stateless society, putting an end to the private ownership of the means of production and exchange, to get rid of inequalities and operations. We offer a social organization based on the self-management of society and libertarian federalism to meet the political and ecological crises.

It is thus guarantee effective equality policy and put a definitive end to economic and social as well as all systems of domination inequalities.

JV, Albert Camus group, Toulouse November 2013
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