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(en) [Spain] Why do we practice self-management? By ANA (pt) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 25 Aug 2018 11:06:57 +0300

"Self-management is the specific revolutionary economic form of anarchism arising out of equality and freedom, not hierarchies and domination. Anarchist self-management, in addition to economic, involving the field of decision and organization, is also political and therefore social. " ---- Because we want to learn to live more freely, and we use self-management as a concept / theory and tool / practice at the same time, truly useful for that purpose. ---- We understand that self-management alone does not guarantee freedom. One example is that there are "self-managed" companies and cooperatives with bosses and salaried or voluntary workers, funded by grants, or only working for public institutions. ---- We are aware that self-management as an isolated idea is easily manipulated, and is currently one of the novelties and varied progressive faces that the new left political parties use.

Facilitating, on the one hand, the imposition of a new "more participatory" social management system; that is, with taxes we pay politicians to manage our needs, and if they do wrong we can hold them accountable. But now, they want us to continue to pay their wages, take credit (by putting the logo or city hallmark) and give us some crumbs of our own taxes (so that more for them), but that we manage our needs , and still, if something goes wrong, it will be our responsibility!

And on the other hand, opening the way for the implementation of the new labor form of Capitalism, in which the worker assumes all costs and risks involved in production: insurance, facilities, machinery, casualties, contributions, potential losses ... with companies acting as intermediaries, placing their mark and taking practically all the benefit. Something like that if we all worked for freelancers, what would be an atrocious competition, with more isolation, total loss of rights and forces when any protest.

Therefore, we argue that real self-management is a part of a whole and therefore must be accompanied by other concepts / tools for the same purpose. Such as: direct action, horizontality, honesty, solidarity, mutual support, respect, free association ... thus achieving self-management is not reduced to a mere economic concept, but becomes a moral concept aimed at freedom, individual and collective well-being and the interest of the people, not the benefit.

We practice self-management because it allows us to take care of our own affairs, that is, to mature and take responsibility; whether they are political (how to organize), economic (obtaining resources and means of production), social (culture, health, learning ...) and / or human (relationships ...). Allowing us to have a more comprehensive, understandable and complete view of our lives, thus regaining control over them.

As living beings we will have basic needs that either we cover or who is responsible for managing them will have the capacity to submit to their interests, will have the strength to enforce their rules (patriarchy, wage-labor, private property, money , etc.). While self-management offers us the possibility of breaking this dependence / obedience we suffer from the State and Capitalism. Because when confronted, we decide to take responsibility directly from our problems and needs in a collective way, we demonstrate that we are capable and that we do not need to live, nor its intermediation (management) or permission (laws), nor its bribes in the form subsidies.

Because in practicing self-management we are learning and experiencing what autonomy means, being independent, enjoying our efforts, not needing anyone to direct us or anyone who obeys us. Creating, thus, freer relations, different from those instilled in the democratic system, based solely on isolation and individual interest and profit at all costs. Creating relationships both social and personal where we change the dependencies, insecurity and property by mutual support, trust and solidarity.

Because you can self-administer what you want, and in fact, you take time practicing it; from basketball and soccer leagues, to libraries, to gymnasiums ... through work cooperatives, cultural associations and social centers rented and squatted, parks, squares and vegetable gardens ... houses, communities, cities ... to self-manage our entire lives.

Self-management is the solution!

Source: jornal Aquí y Ahora # 2, Madrid, 2018.

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