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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL Novembre - Anarchism in Belgium (1): The Belgian libertarian movement must rebuild (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 28 Nov 2016 09:51:04 +0200

Belgium is a laboratory of social atomization and "individual fortress", complemented by a political culture of consensus, with no equivalent in France. Our task is unique and that is to share his special experience and the specific challenges it faced the collective Alternative Libertaire Brussels is launching this series of articles this article series for his French comrades. ---- Anarchism, Belgium, is a reflection of the radical and revolutionary circles of the country broke out, geographically and politically, in search of a story that cling and bruised by the absence of mass popular movement. ---- Our French comrades without doubt difficult to imagine the mental state of disrepair of Belgium; bisected by the linguistic border, over which Flemish and Walloon superbly ignorant, divided into many levels of institutional powers that make it incomprehensible to foreign eyes and nourish a cohort of professional politicians, it has nor the cultural unity of France, nor his (very relative) media-editorial variety.

A glaring lack of media activists

This may seem trivial but it is not at all. It does not exist in the French-speaking, so-called left press, let alone revolutionary press. We have a single alternative publishing house, rather communist obedience, and verging on bankruptcy every year. We do not have no more place for exchanges and joint meetings with radical groups.

In fact, every organization has its small media, often a blog or a web-newspaper, which follows a political line too narrow to really talk to non-encarté.es or even allié.es its objectives. Journalism in our country is even more deleterious than in France, the two great generals dailies Le Soir and La Libre Belgique, openly adhere to the "modernization" liberal and became communications agencies serving professionals and policy large companies.

Politically, the space of the "revolt" is occupied by a former Maoist party, the Workers' Party of Belgium (PTB), which for some years has managed a reconversion into social democracy "radical". As time passes and the PTB adheres to the codes of political communication and enters the ordinary parliamentary game; his "radicalism" is ever decreasing. The other parties, small groups or Trotskyist Communist old recipe, are completely crushed and remain in an ambiguous position between submission in elections and calls on the proletarian revolution.

Our Socialist Party (PS) boasts of being one of the "far left" in Europe - which is certainly the case at the programmatic level, but the mode of government of Belgium, where no one can form unitary government, brings the PS to build coalitions with conservative or liberal parties. They can then hide after each privatization or every repressive policy behind the need to "compromise", which are actually only additional compromises.

Since the emergence of the PTB endangers their electoral square near the old dinosaurs of the PS put the bar on the left, promising a work week of four days and a co-decision process in enterprises; measures that will be deleted afterwards course under the double pressure of the "market economic reality" and the need to govern with the right.

Lack of a bilingual organization

The only puffs of air are in some corners of the labor movement.

Youth groups born in the ashes of young Christian workers or among students, practicing self-management and play a central role in organizing street actions, especially in Brussels. These groups, at the crossroads of different radical spheres, see mingle anarchists, radical environmentalists, Trotskyites and a whole bunch of people who do not fit into these boxes.

Despite their "hegemony" on the practice of political radicalism in the public space, these groups are ultraminoritaires and will meet in Brussels, not more than one or two hundred Activist.

The anarchists are deeply divided, first between Walloons and Flemish, but also between urban centers, and there is no national organization (bilingual) or even representative of the Francophonie in its entirety.

The two main French libertarian homes are located in Brussels and Liege. Even within cities, activists anarchists are divided into at least three groups: organized (collective Brussels Alternative Libertaire), those that attach around a location / cultural project as a library (Acrata) or library ( BibLibre), and finally the most autonomous whose collective crystallizes in squats and in lesmanifestations, rallies, fight against prisons, etc.

Weak popular location

Even if people get to know each dint of frequenting the same actions, political ties are non-existent and it would be difficult to talk about "anarchist movement" Belgian or French. The project for a large gathering, a congress of the Belgian anarchist, is regularly raised but remains a arlésienne. It is anyway doubtful that it allows to create intergroup dynamics, given the political and especially strategic disputes between libertarians them.

The main obstacle between anarchists of a real merger with the discontent caused by liberal and authoritarian policies of the government comes from the social composition of our groups. Libertarians will first recruit among white son and middle-class graduates. The contribution of the popular classes and especially the Belgians from immigrant is extremely marginal; it disconnects the daily political action of those who suffer most directly the worst effects of financial capitalism.

The decommissioning process and casualization is well underway in Belgium but poverty is still concentrated in ghettos where common-libertarian groups have not rooting.

The accumulation of these problems - almost total lack of dissemination of anarchist positions, overwhelming media propaganda, division and breakdown, disconnection with the popular classes - questions and forces us to question our thinking and action.

Alternative Libertaire Brussels

Following in Alternative Libertaire in December 2016.

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