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(en) [Uruguay] 7th Anarchist Book Fair of Montevideo, September 21 to 23 By ANA (pt)

Date Sat, 25 Aug 2018 11:13:38 +0300

Event takes place between 21 and 23 September at the Cordon Nordon Social Center, J. Requena 1758, Daniel Munoz corner, Montevideo. ---- The machine of capitalism continues its colonization in every sphere of our lives, marketizing relations and ravaging the ecosystem. Civilization remains framed in its productivist and consumerist routine, while development is refining the devices of surveillance and repression, which keeps the eye on all those who break with the imposed codes and alter normality. ---- We live in times of excessive information, where the mass media are increasingly efficient in the task of forming absolute truths, constructed through reports that provide fear and submission that play the state domain. It increases the blindness mounted by the show's media, generating a focus of attention manipulated and clipped to the taste of the powerful. This further assures dependency and worship of punitive and repressive institutions, as well as favoring the old military-type mechanisms and the "hard hand", which are another symptom of social decomposition.

The planet is in the stage of environmental collapse, fruit of capitalist productive methods that dominate the environment, causing in it a systematic decay that, as a consequence, results in a murder and impoverishment of life.

While democracy offers a reassuring policy based on dialogue and mediation, right-wing or left-wing governments offer a variety of ways to manage the same misery, leaving macro-enterprises and multinational exploiters free rein. Reformist solutions emanate on all sides as numbing tablets, propitiating the rearrangement of a system that perpetuates its hegemony and tries to achieve a more benevolent and acceptable appearance.

As anarchists and anti-authoritarians our position must be firm and sustained. If we wish to be protagonists of social change and move towards a world of reciprocal solidarity, where each individuality lives with others in total freedom, we must fight against the capitalist monster in all its facets and variants. Confrontation is inevitable as long as we maintain the conviction of transformation intact, but we must think strategically. Tracing a revolutionary practical imaginary in the present is a necessary and vital challenge, because taking responsibility for a world that is dismantled into pieces requires an incorruptible commitment, in which the means do not work. That's why we called the Seventh Anarchist Book Fair, to carry out instances of reflection and dialogue that nourish our capacity for insertion in the present, since now it is more necessary that we exercise ourselves to develop a creative force that opens the way to another way of life.

We have to rethink dynamic ways of defending ourselves against the powerful and their puppets, those responsible for the devastation. It is high time to expand and propagate the transformative practice as a power of a life in freedom, opposed to the interests of politicians and businessmen who seek our conformist approval. It is necessary to replace the installed passivity with a lively and rebellious attitude, which infects the desire for change, which encourages us to reaffirm ourselves on the basis of horizontal self-organization as a generalizable model. We still have much to think and project in this direction, because lowering our guard and resigning ourselves is not an option for lovers of freedom.

Organizing Group of the Seventh Anarchist Book Fair of Montevideo


Translation> Sol de Abril
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