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(en) France, Manifesto of the Union Communist Libertaire UCL - Counter-power, double power and revolutionary break (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Mon, 12 Aug 2019 09:35:09 +0300

The revolution is not due solely to ideological maturation, nor only to "objective" economic conditions . It can occur at the end of a dynamic based on social practices that allow a collective awareness and the emergence of a project of shared society more and more widely. ---- After the popular uprising of 2001, Argentina saw many companies (here, the Zanon factory) spontaneously taken over. ---- cc Sebastian Hacher ---- The libertarian revolution is not the substitution of one leadership team for another: it is a global revolution of the economic, social, political and cultural forms of society. ---- The revolution is not due solely to ideological maturation, nor only to "objective" economic conditions . It can occur at the end of a dynamic based on social practices, the real practices of the masses and individuals, their struggles, which unfold in the material conditions of each era, and which allow a collective awareness and emergence a shared social project more and more widely.

In non-revolutionary period: build counter-powers
Revolutionary awareness is usually based on concrete experimentation through class struggle, emancipatory struggles and their self-organization. Wrestling unions, private employment committees, homeless committees, feminist organizations, anti-racist groups, committees denouncing police violence ... All are part of a logic of counter-power against capitalism and the State.

These counter-powers are potentially the embryos of a political and social alternative, but potentially only. They can become so if they adopt self-management practices and anticapitalist, anti-patriarchal, anti-racist, ecologist, revolutionary perspectives ... The libertarian communist current must contribute actively, and be careful to oppose speeches and dirigiste practices, because freedom is not for us a distant end allowing recourse to any means, but it is the goal and the means.

On the other hand, strengthening the people's power also means strengthening our autonomy from the capitalists and the state. Thus, it is useful to participate in initiatives to reappropriate production, distribution, education, etc., by bringing our analysis and our anticapitalist struggles and by impulse self-directed and emancipatory practices.

During a pre-revolutionary period: push to double power
A pre-revolutionary period begins when the state is overwhelmed by the rise of the class struggle to the point that it begins to disintegrate, and its authority is questioned. If certain places of production are taken over by the workers, the employers themselves see their reason for being directly threatened.

Active counter-powers upstream can then form the backbone of a network of democratic bodies - be they local federations, industry federations, municipalities, councils, neighborhood or factory committees, popular assemblies - who are beginning to take over economic and social activities. The progressive federation of this ensemble draws the contours of a popular power competing with the state power.

By "popular power" we mean not a "labor state" according to the Leninist conception, but a dynamic of direct, federally controlled, grassroots democracy.

During this process - where capitalist power is openly challenged - the libertarian communist current does not seek to form a "staff" aspiring to seize state power. On the contrary, it encourages popular power to become aware of itself, consolidate itself, expand, and consider replacing state power.

The libertarian communist current must help to orient the revolutionary process towards a self-managing solution, avoiding the pitfalls of bureaucratization, without relying completely on spontaneity. It has already shown, in history, its extraordinary creative power, but also its instability.

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