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(en) [Spain] October 17 in Madrid | "Collapse and alternatives: anticapitalism and self-management" By ANA (pt) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 22 Oct 2019 09:22:30 +0300

On Thursday, October 17, 2019, at 7 pm, will take place at the Anselmo Lorenzo Libertarian Studies Foundation (c / Peñuelas, nº 41, Embajadores subway) the presentation of the act "Collapse and alternatives: anti-capitalism and self-management" with Carlos Taibo, Barbaria Collective, Cul de Sac Collective, Miquel Amorós and Pedro Prieto. ---- The situation on our planet had never been so alarming. 60% of reduced vertebrate species since 1970; 13 million hectares deforested in the last 10 years; 30% melting only during the twentieth century and an increase in the planet's average temperature since 2015 from 1 ° C (and will continue to rise by 0'2 ° C per year). In 2018 carbon dioxide emissions, far from reducing, grew by 2.7%. While 92% of the world's population breathes unhealthy air, accounting for 8.8 million deaths worldwide (10,000 in Spain). Hot flashes aggravate the infirmities of the weaker by increasing mortality, to the extent that 2003 caused 70,000 deaths across Europe (6,000 in Spain). All this data is an undeniable reality, and it seems that they could get worse due to the acceleration of the thaw of the arctic pergellisol.

The dilemma, which has arisen with remarkable media success, between rebellion and extinction["Extinction Rebellion" movement]It is well formulated. Another different thing is the way to face it. We will not avoid "extinction" by preserving this economic and social model. Nor does it "humanize" the free market by talking about making the system of production and consumption "sustainable" when it has to break with the culture of growth and "development" and end the economic structure that imposes it: capitalism. Nor is "rebellion" possible from hierarchical institutions and ballot boxes. Not since legislative decrees that try to make planetary deterioration "acceptable" and "regulate" the deadlines for the collapse of the environment. Neither from municipalities that declare themselves incompetent or from states that serve as a stronghold to the interests of the economic structure, nor from governmental organizations that definitely

The ecological crisis, which threatens to destroy life on the planet in a relatively short historical period, is based on a suicidal productive economic model and on a vertical and delegationist political management. A model that needs to stimulate disproportionate and unsustainable consumerism and a political management that regulates it. There are no effective formulas within capitalism, no matter how much its "tamers" believe it to be domesticated. There are no decisive solutions within the state, no matter how much their new visible faces drink craft beer and participate in some CSOA assemblies. Our way of life can only continue for a few years, at the expense of increasing depredation of populations and the resources of the "poor countries" and the peripheries of the "central countries."

It is necessary to make an ecological, anti-capitalist and anti-statist discourse that confronts the situation ahead and not to be distracted by false hopes. That breaks the hegemony in the account of those who promise us a "covenant ecological outlet" between multinationals and governments, hiding causes and culprits of the crisis. And that can only numb any advance, if not, directly, disarticulate the grassroots ecological struggle for decades to come. It is essential to articulate our various local sectoral struggles with the ability to establish strategies of massive resistance that allow us to respond collectively to a global problem.

The existential threat of the planet itself and millions of lives, requires not to disdain any kind of struggle, whenever they come from horizontal structures, from the bottom up. And to question those who will compulsively offer us through the great means of misinformation the same ones that generated the problem. The dilemma is: save capitalism, or the planet and living beings.

For all these reasons, we call on alternative unions, collectives, platforms, spaces, counter-informative media and interested individuals to support and collaborate on an independent initiative that, by combining different sensibilities, we are undertaking - from alternative thinking and activism - to give an anti-capitalist and anti-government response that is up to the circumstances.

On Thursday, October 17, 2019, at 7 pm, will take place in Madrid at the Anselmo Lorenzo Foundation for Libertarian Studies (c / Peñuelas, No. 41, Embajadores subway) the presentation of an act. In it we will try to put the cements that allow us to develop this collective response. We will count on the participation of several partners and collectives specialized in developing theories and practices that promote the fight against the myths of development and growth, the defense of the territory and the revolutionary ecologism. Speakers: Carlos Taibo, Barbaria Collective, Cul de Sac Collective, Miquel Amorós and Pedro Prieto.


Translation> Sol de Abril
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