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(en) Anarkismo.net: Notes for a Libertarian Left up to the new political cycle by Sebastian Osorio (ca, pt)[machine translation]

Date Mon, 03 Mar 2014 18:12:40 +0200


From a while now, the 'libertarian' have earned a modest but well-deserved space in the Chilean left hand various struggles which, among other things, the 2014 has led to the presidency of the largest student federation country. ---- However, it should be noted that, if taken at all the organizations that are defined as libertarian, it is a relatively young and in the process of identity construction, good dispersed far - organic and can be recognized without much drama - is not even remotely a force to meet the challenges that any movement of revolutionary intent arises. ---- Position in the balance, this should not discourage anyone. On the contrary, ought to be proud of considering the great strides in a few years, impossible without the dedicated work and most of the times many anonymous militants and activists from their respective trenches have contributed to this story, sometimes without even I know.

The idea of building a "Libertarian Left" is largely inspired by these achievements, but mainly by the need to keep up with the times, in response to strong popular mobilization without totally clear guidance, cynically announced the agony of the model conceived dictatorship and wanted to manage the coalition as he could.

Bachelet 's government, as has been clear in its agenda, seek to implement a series of reforms timid and prudish, more looking to end the cycle of conflict and mass mobilizations and maintain governance requires entrepreneurship, that an honest interest major social changes. The negligence when major reforms that show early this political bloc, only be apparent to significant swaths of our class when the left shows to be a credible alternative, and engage in the hard streets vulgar opportunism and eternal excuses "center-left".

For this scenario to be usable as a fulcrum to consolidate the process of resetting the popular movement, seems to be one of the basic tasks remain open cycle of struggles to sustain the ability to project it into cross terms, ie, beyond their partial guilds content. We are always talking about a realistic goal and when there is at least some degree of tactical unity between existing forces left. This unit can perfectly show higher yields, as the eventual construction of a "shared edge" but it can not be assumed in any way beforehand tending a blank check to peers for declarations of common intentions without having started for a while reasonable one: the only way to verify the true will and willingness to always be certain strategy practice.

In particular, libertarians they bear the duty to manage their achievements and anchored as a leader among the workers and the territorial level, which urges to deepen their work with humility the basic principles and objectives. The Libertarian Left can then play a role as a convergence space as an instrument of joint struggle that bets on a growing sector in terms of mass.

As expected, there are some requirements for a Libertarian Left of these features possible. The political reference must open naturally to a fraternal debate, with clear rules and inclusive of issues and policy options a priori. It is also necessary that the different trends and organizations among libertarians abandon any attempt to use this project as a unique and malleable belt transmission according to its own objectives. In the same vein, the formation and decision making should be subject to the needs and the objective reality of the membership base at the end of the day that is the only true backbone of any political project. At issue is nothing more and nothing less than to honor the tradition of left anarchists totally independent estate Stalinist, authoritarian logic that, on our side of the sidewalk but patent democratic deficits, drag a left whose project seek to overcome.

As inciting debate, which by the way has already started a while ago, seems key to elucidate the possibilities and limits actual generation may have a possible crisis resulting in some kind of break with Pinochet institutions, taking into account the objective of the popular movement power but also to the characteristics of both the power bloc and the bourgeoisie in Chile. It also needs to clearly define the nature and scope of the urgent reforms that the mass movement must win to continue to strengthen, and how to accompany a genuine revolutionary long-term commitment.

The struggles and demands immediate need, how these can be realized as a product of class struggle in the country, and the agencies and mass fronts (existing or to be founded) called to materialize, must be defined in dialogue serene, and weigh the different variables that opens the national stage without arrogant and irresponsible haste we could carry, stupid lack of reflection, a defeat or a setback that we can not afford.

For example, the "thesis" of democratic breakdown (of which I have seen so many definitions that I would not use one in particular) may well have a useful application, but always according to how the scenario and the steps that will unfold the power bloc that counter to what the prophets say the end of neoliberalism, it is quite plausible that yield important structural reforms fees even if he is cornered by a significant level of mobilization. Therefore necessarily must devise a tactical arsenal much larger struggles that fits their defensive or offensive movements, avoiding being surprised by a rigid immobility based on theoretical assumptions, nothing further from the often touted " heterodoxy " of libertarian.

Finally, assuming a responsible and high-mindedness legitimate political differences between different organizations and industry trends (at least those that are not irreconcilable), a space as the Libertarian Left I shall be able to accept the existence of different tactics any, as long as these are complementary and not contradictory.

If we can agree on these simple things, we will be in excellent standing to form regarding age struggle with the rest of the left and social movements that aspire to structural changes in revolutionary perspective, raising an own route to socialism and freedom. Conversely, if the idea of ââa libertarian left I just being a stronghold of sectarian cliques and youthful dreams of mass politics without real social anchor, will never be just a disposable illusion in the dustbin of history.
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