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(en) [Spain] The worst virus, capitalism, the vaccine: ORGANIZATION AND FIGHT -- CNT-AIT statement before the 1st of May By ANA[machine translation]

Date Mon, 4 May 2020 08:30:09 +0300

"The State protects us", "businessmen are the ones who create wealth", "we protect the State from well-being", "we have to row in the same direction". ---- From the means of propaganda of the Power and the economic and political powers, we hear slogans like these at one time or another, encouraging an interclassist unity of the whole society, seeking a citizen consensus that legitimizes its system and its crises. However, the cyclical crises of the capitalist system in general, and the crisis of COVID-19 in particular, demonstrate that the working class is the one that drives society forward - health services, transport, care, food production and distribution... -, and that is what creates wealth with both physical and intellectual effort, and that despite that, the means of production and consumer goods are not at the service of humanity, but are used by the bourgeoisie to enrich, in a miserable and selfish way , protected and legitimized by the State.

Capitalism is for workers and the planet what a virus is for the organism, a system based on the exploitation of one social class over the other, on the sexual division of labor and the - still - invisible care. It is a virus that generates violence, inequality, wars, migration and natural disasters. A virus that, when it doesn't kill us, weakens us and pushes us to a precarious and miserable life. It is evident that we cannot expect anything from the political class, since its function is to sell us false solutions and serve the ruling class, thus legitimizing social inequalities.

The health crisis that we are experiencing worldwide will lead to an economic crisis of enormous magnitude and the consequences of which will fall once again, and as it cannot be otherwise, in the working class: job insecurity, displacement, millions of unemployed people , women accumulating unpaid domestic work with precarious work ... In addition, the State of Alert will give way to a more controlled normality and to an authoritarian rearmament of the State, which it will take advantage of to cut rights and freedoms. It reminds us of something, right? Unemployment, repression, displacement, torture, prison, social control, etc.

But all is not lost, in view of the State-Capital axis, we have the only possible vaccine: organization and struggle.

In a moment of absolute demobilization and generalized disorganization, it is necessary that we become aware of the capacity and strength we have to transform society, seeking a model where social justice, cooperative work and the distribution of well-being and wealth triumph before competitiveness, individualism and oppression fostered by the capitalist bourgeoisie. It is necessary to truly organize, without any means, and as was said before, go for everything. From below, without concessions and articulating strong organizations, that do not stay in ambiguous movements and are easily manipulated by power. Anarcho-syndicalism must be a retaining wall before which we go, but we must go further, we cannot and must not remain in containing the contradictions, let us not be the social services of the system. We must build a real alternative that can mobilize on the street and that seeks collective fronts of struggle. Anarcho-syndicalism should definitely be a revolutionary alternative.

Let us remember how comrades and comrades fought in the past and how the great achievements of the working class were historically achieved through organization and forcefulness, let us leave the accommodation of believing ourselves to be middle class and fight to get out of this reality that alienates us, we become aware that it is since collective, anti-authoritarian and class thinking and action, from where we need to radically change our reality.

For all these reasons, this 1st of May we call on the working class to leave this ideological and cultural confinement in which it is submerged, and become aware that only an organized and conscious working class can face tyranny.

We either kill capitalism or it kills humanity.

We will return to the streets.



Translation> Sol de Abril

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