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(en) Czech, afed: A3: Winning February? -- "Socialism" is not like socialism. That state is just another form of oppression. [machine translation]

Date Tue, 6 Mar 2018 09:17:46 +0200

This year we are reminded of several so-called eight-year anniversaries. The first one refers to a 70-year-old event, when the Communist Party won the elections and subsequently seized nearly 40 years of unlimited power. February 1948 was victorious in Czechoslovakia perhaps as the victory of a party reporting to the ideas of socialism and communism, but it was the beginning of the end of these thoughts - thoughts that floated in the hearts of unprivileged layers since the beginning of the so-called workers' movement. Against this background, we now have a good opportunity to look at the fate of these ideas. ---- Dying of feudal order, the emergence of a new rising layer - the bourgeoisie, the industrial revolution. And, on the other hand, the growing number of industrial proletariat looming on the edge of the social divide, creating its own vision and gradually realizing its common strength. From this awareness, the first workers' organizations are born and their interconnection is also international. There are strikes against bad pay, working and living conditions. Similarly, their cruel repression and repression.

On the theoretical level, different directions of socialism are born which, unlike the capitalism of the struggle against all and the maintenance of social inequalities, promotes social equality, ie the elimination of class divisions. Socialism promotes a system that takes into account the needs of all people instead of defending the interests of a narrow, privileged group. On this basis, two basic groups of supporters of socialist ideas are formed, which we can simply designate as authoritarian socialists and anti-authoritarians.

The first group was formed by social democrats whose leaders exchanged revolutionary incendiary for warm chairs in the parliaments, and cared for the workers to not get too badly into the capitalist regime they were interested in maintaining. Besides them, the authoritarian socialist camp has begun the parties with a more revolutionary rhetoric, but they adhere to the fact that only their leaders know best what is best for the working people, and they must unconditionally submit their command. These authoritarians subsequently came to power in Russia and after World War II in many other countries, including Czechoslovakia.

The anti-authoritarian wing of socialism was mainly anarchists who rejected the idea that it is imperative to grasp the state power. It was this acquisition of power that led exactly to what they had predicted from the very beginning, namely to create new forms of oppression, division of society and social inequalities. And it was just the anarchists who destroyed the Bolsheviks among the first, whether during the Russian Revolution, in the case of the Spanish Civil War or later in the coup in Cuba. In Czechoslovakia, the anarchist did not meet such a fate for one simple reason - at that time no anarchist movement existed.

Those who try to maintain the current unjust order have used the anniversary of the "victorious February" to further the toothless scare of the communist to hide the fact that we are living in the totality of another kind, in the totality determined by the unreachable "market." While Communists in parliament together with modern fascists support the oligarchy of Babis and his business project ANO.

The fact that the previous regime was repressive, authoritarian, and often stupid, does not mean that we will ignore the nature of the present system. A system that is based on generating profits for corporations, owners and managers regardless of the needs of people or the environment. The anniversary of "victorious February" is an eternal remark to us that socialism should never look like, reminding us that the state is oppression in itself, regardless of who is holding his reins. This anniversary is a reminder to us that frustration, the atrocities to the present state, and the pursuit of dignity can easily lead to the blind streets. And how to avoid it? It is necessary to have a vision of a free society that does not function on the principles of hierarchy, artificial authority and profitability, but on the contrary on the principles of solidarity, equality and mutual assistance. It is necessary to go for this vision and try to fulfill it in partial ways now and now. And above all, to be critical and not to believe too much to those who promise glowing tomorrow in return for giving them power.

A3 ( February 2018) HERE to download. http://www.afed.cz/A3/A3-2018-02.pdf

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