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(en) France, Manifesto of the Union Communist Libertaire UCL - Against all imperialisms (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]
Sun, 11 Aug 2019 10:27:00 +0300
We place ourselves resolutely on the side of the peoples, against all the imperialisms,
whether world or regional. We are campaigning for the abolition of the commercial plunder
that is ruining the countries of the South, and for the freedom of movement and settlement
of the workers. ---- Kurdish Militian YPJ, Syria, in 2012. ---- cc YPJ-YPG ---- The
division of land space into nation-states is a construction linked to the historical
development of capitalism and states. It is on the ideological base of "the nation" that
the political domination of the State and the ruling classes of which it is the instrument
is forged. ---- National ideology rests on the ultimate denial of all the differences, of
all the antagonisms on a given territory: negation of the plurality of cultures and
languages, negation of the class struggle, negation of the relations of domination and
We therefore reject the nationalist political logics that actually build a myth based on
purity and "cultural autarky" in order to oppose the exploited between them and them, and
to justify their submission.
Libertarian federalism seems to allow the coexistence of multiple cultures and their
mixing, without a single being imposed on individuals by a political power.
The rise of capitalism, the XIX th and XX thcenturies, has been done without the
systematic pillaging of the South of resources. The consequences are disastrous: wars and
massacres, destruction of ecological balances, food crops, local production, for the
benefit of wealth export sectors to colonial empires. Local economies have found
themselves incomplete, dependent, unable to respond to the needs of the population
resulting in rising inequality, misery, hunger, exile.
We oppose colonial and neocolonial imperialism, which legitimizes racist speeches,
military operations, the organized plundering of natural resources by the alliance between
the Western bourgeoisies and their relays at the head of the "old" colonies.
The independence struggles of the XX thcentury led to a redeployment of imperialism.
Formal independence has resulted in a shift from direct domination to indirect dominance,
based on support for now national ruling classes, but exercising power in the interests of
the former. colonial power. In many former colonies, it retains a dominant military and
economic presence, and ensures that governments in power are compatible with its
interests. These relations of domination were then accentuated with capitalist
globalization, through indebtedness, monetary control mechanisms and unfair commercial
The end of the Cold War and the beginning of the XXI thcentury saw new powers emerge at
the regional, continental or even global. They compete with the former imperialist powers,
challenge their monopoly of neocolonial economic predation and their political influence
on the local ruling classes. If the latter can sometimes take advantage of this situation
to make their private interests bear fruit, it is only a question of the perpetuation of
an external domination for the populations of the former colonies. A new imperialism is
replacing or superimposed on another, the competition between the two may even degenerate
into a proxy conflict of which the local populations are always the victims.
Resolute opponents of French imperialism, we demand the lifting of the supervision of the
French State over the overseas departments, the eradication of Françafrique networks and
the end of foreign military interventionism.
The support we bring to the struggles of peoples against imperialism is at the same time
lucid and critical. Historically, anticolonialist struggles, always legitimate in their
refusal of domination, and in this a priori always to support, have often given birth to
bureaucratic regimes militarized, even involved in forms of neocolonialism. So our
solidarity goes to the forces that, in their struggle against colonial domination,
associate a project of social emancipation, democratic, even anticapitalist and
federalist, relying on the proletariat and the peasantry.
In doing so, we place ourselves resolutely on the side of the peoples, against all the
imperialisms, whether global or regional. We reject the "campist" reading grid which
consists of supporting or despising the popular struggles according to the imperialist
camp that they hinder.
Strike for the regularization of the undocumented workers of Man-BTP, in 2008.
cc Sébastien / UCL Paris Northeast
Class solidarity without borders
Capitalism has been built on a global scale. A class strategy would be unthinkable if it
were limited to one country. The stakes are international, and the social movements have
an important delay to fill. A fight for an internationalist orientation is necessary,
which will have to pass on the body of many "sovereignist" and localist resistances .
We are strongly in favor of freedom of movement and installation. The most powerful states
orchestrate the free movement of capital and goods, while erecting boundaries and walls
between the exploited. These borders do not prevent migration: they kill thousands of
migrants. On the other hand, they make it possible to create a category of illegal and
private workers in the North. We are campaigning for their regularization, and for the
abolition of the commercial plunder that is ruining their countries and throwing them on
the roads of exile. There is no possible fight against North-South inequalities without
struggle for freedom of movement and settlement.
We advocate international solidarity among workers from all countries, between peoples,
feminist and LGBTI solidarity, environmentalists, against states and all imperialisms.
International unity remains to be built, particularly through concrete, coordinated
actions to confront long-standing multinational powers.
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