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(en) For the class struggle, against the patriotic struggle by CNT Catalonia (ca, fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 14 Oct 2017 09:23:22 +0300


Before the bewilderment of some llibertarixs to see how the patriotic fervor has taken to the street to some cenetistas to go elbow to elbow and flag with nationalistic protestors together, we have to go to the step to remember that no country, nation or State will make us free, quite the opposite. In this sense, it is worth rescuing part of the communiqué "CNT before nationalisms", launched years ago and that for us is fully valid. "The concept 'nation' has served as soon as to encompass or to become independent, 'nation' or 'fatherland' are ideas-force that can be used in very opposite, overwhelming or emancipatory senses, which for some is gallant patriotism, for others it is coactive centralist imperialism, what some consider antipatriotic separatism others have as the maximum affirmation of national identity. The CNT is inimical to the concept of 'country' except when given the meaning that Malatesta gave him 'my homeland is the world'. "

For us, an example of the contradiction of mixing the class struggle with patriotic aspirations is evident in the last months we are living in Catalonia. We are witnessing that in their pretension to "make country" the usual bourgeois right and the so-called Catalanist left - even the one that claims to be "anti-system" - are giving their hand to build a new state, Catalan, giving it at the same time the back to who prefers to follow in what already exists, the Spanish. Following with this communiqué, it was emphasized that the nationalist argument is "poor and obsessed: in the end they dream of establishing another State, with their army, their police and their chiefs, but with a different flag and name." At this point, it is necessary to ask, where has the class struggle remained if not wrapped in patriotic rags?

It should be clarified that the fact that as anarcho-syndicalists we oppose any new state does not suppose, as we are maliciously attributed, that we defend the existing one. Those who use this fallacy should remind them that during the proclamation of the Catalan Republic of 1934 it was the militancy of the CNT that had to pick up the arms that the Catalanist patriots threw when the army entered Barcelona without almost difficulty. And how good they came after us to assault the barracks and shake one another by demonstrating the viability of self-management and libertarian communism! Unfortunately, this revolutionary example was appeased by a Generalitat that saw with horror how the treballadorxs controlled the production and by some communists who were allowed to do what they wanted, for their counterrevolutionary role as a party of order and in exchange for the Republic achieve Soviet support. Several decades later, it seems untrue that we are in a similar situation, though not quite. Before, the anarcho-syndicalists were clear that we would never become free without having control of production. Now, some of those who are self-proclaimed, have forgotten it, encourage the working class to languish adopting the same approach of the institutionalized unions and jointly with a large sector of citizenship is allowed to drag by what dictates the various "means of intoxication "according to their interests. And when patriotic parachutes are called for by the administration and the merchants, when the popular struggle is resumed until it is appeased in Parliament via ballot boxes or when they want you to choose between different patriotic cloths, something is wrong.

Nor are we convinced by the arguments of certain anarchists that we can not remain outside the current social and political process, because in our view this means an uncritical adherence to approaches that have nothing to do with the emancipation of treballadorxs by the simple thoughtless will to "do something". It should be assessed and weighed in which specific initiatives are involved and why, without falling into the "movement for the movement".

CNT Catalonia, despite everything, we continue to have it clear. We will always be for the class struggle, never with the struggle between treballadorxs for patriotic reasons that only benefit the governors eager to cover their tufts and to continue with their privileges.

Health and Social Revolution

CNT Catalonia October 2017
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