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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #281 - Congress of the NPA: The game of the seven tendencies (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 3 Apr 2018 08:48:12 +0300

Despite the success of Philippe Poutou in the presidential election, the crisis of the New Anti-Capitalist Party continues and worsens. At its IV th Congress, no less than seven trends are expressed, and none has received an absolute majority. ---- Nearly 200 délégué.es representing about 1300 and adherent members have réuni.es for the IV th congress of the NPA, the 2.3 and 4 February at the labor exchange in Saint-Denis (93). Libertarian Alternative and some other organizations were invited to attend some of the debates. It was a question of drawing up balance sheets, mobilisations against the labor laws, presidential election, international politics, but also of making construction choices: which direction for the NPA ? What modalities of action in the struggles ?

It has been six years since the NPA crisis, which began in 2012 when a large part of the LCR's historical leadership joined the Left Front (and, today, insubordinate France). This collective departure could have homogenized the party. This was not the case since the NPA was divided into seven trends at this congress. It is not always easy to understand the ins and outs, especially as each trend seems more concerned with marking one's territory than looking for convergences on the merits. None had the majority of votes, not even the current leadership which, however, already had different sensitivities. No general policy motion, however minimal, could be adopted.

What was unanimous: Philippe Poutou's presidential campaign in 2017 (in spite of some criticisms about the control of the door parolat) and the importance of the freedom of speech around #MeToo and the need to build a movement of women on these bases. This has exacerbated disagreements: the analysis of the reasons and the extent of social setbacks in the last two years.

Apples of discord

The critical support of the NPA at the beginning of the Syriza government in Greece has been sharply attacked. The attitude towards the former Left Front, France's rebelliousness today, was also much discussed. The question of the NPA's participation in the Social Front collective revealed a contradiction: if the Congress' preparatory GAs voted for the majority, the delegates in the session finally voted against.

The majority trend was only a relative majority, with 48% of the vote. But as the six minority tendencies have refused to coalesce to form an alternative leadership, despite sometimes close speeches, the previous majority will continue to lead the party, building compromises on a case-by-case basis with each other.

In this context, Alternative libertaire sent an " address to the congressists " exposing some analyzes: on unionism, on feminism, and on youth movements. Our comrades of the NPA, alongside whom we find ourselves in the struggles, will have recognized our attachment to the construction of union organizations of struggle and social movement broad and self-management.

Adèle (AL Montreuil)

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