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(en) Position of the Anarchist Federation of Catalonia on the referendum on October 1 by FAC (ca, fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 26 Sep 2017 10:32:41 +0300

The mechanisms to participate in the collective decisions of this political system prevent a decisive positioning of the individuals. The delegation of the decisions to representatives has pushed us to the current frustration of seeing us limited to realize symbolic positions. The bodies of the vast majority of public administrations and private companies decide unilaterally, and ignore or even ban popular positioning or queries. We can change these decision mechanisms. We can organize ourselves horizontally and decide everyday things that involve us all. We need a unanimous interest in deciding how we should organize ourselves socially, laborally and politically. Our involvement in decisions or struggles, social, political, ecological, etc. It makes us responsible for our lives.

Referendums are a way to make the direct decision of many people on concrete aspects effective. Social movements have organized popular referendums that the administrations have never given as valid. The call now for a referendum to decide on the continuation or independence of the administrative territory of Catalonia in Spain is causing a conflict between administrations. In addition, it is becoming a strategy that some political parties use to become martyrs of a noble cause and erase or apologize for corruption or all unpopular measures. The discontent with the constitution of the 78th, the repressive course of Catalan culture and the struggle of the movements that defend self-determination is the evidence of the conflict that interests us.

From the Anarchist Federation of Catalonia, we express our support for the referendum on October 1, since the self-determination of peoples is part of self-management and self-organization. Although organized by the administration of Catalonia we understand that it responds to a real need for the interest of many people, as well as allowing for a non-continuing organizational and destitute process.

We criticize the margins imposed in the participation of this referendum. We are opposed to the administrative limits of Catalonia; There are issues in common with other nearby regions due to geographic features or for everyday relationships. People under the age of 18 are also excluded and those who do not have regular roles.

In relation to the proposed question, we believe that independence (social, labor or national) is not dependent on a "State", neither of the financial entities, nor of any private company, it is the decision making from the bottom , apart from the administrative institutions, the political parties or the yellow unions, in order to achieve the management of our work and our lives. We reject the creation of a Catalan State, since we criticize the democratic inefficiency in the organization within a "State", either by the division of the territory without taking into account local realities, such as centralism, whether from Barcelona or from Madrid . We also reject the creation of a republic, despite the advantages in relation to the current situation. We understand that the republic will be a continuist in the economic system. If what is sought with the creation of a new "Republican State" is greater justice and equality, the neoliberal model that defends an important part of the independence movement pours Catalonia in an economic situation similar to the current one. We do not want that. We want a destitutive process of the current power and a process of collective participation that is directed towards the total participation of the population in the optimum decisions to establish forms of social and labor organization that blind horizontal and assembling decision-making bodies.

We understand that it is difficult to understand a social organization that is not armored by a "Republican State", but it is a challenge that we have to face together if we want to be totally free and independent. At present, we find examples of this type of organization, such as libertarian municipalism, free communes or democratic confederalism. Also in the history of Catalonia we find examples of an emancipatory social organization, such as Libertarian Communism during the Social Revolution of 36.

Anarchist Federation of Catalonia
September 2017

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