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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #290 - Editorial: The RIC, yes but ... (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Thu, 3 Jan 2019 06:12:19 +0200

In a few days, the citizens' initiative referendum (RIC) seems to have become the solution to everything. The idea would be to be able to propose or repeal laws, to dismiss political representatives or to amend the Constitution by referendum, if 700,000 petitioners request it. ---- At first glance, it starts with a good feeling: the rejection of bourgeois politicians. It's undeniably healthier than wanting to bring a providential man to power ! ---- The RIC would be a democratic progress ... but, problem: in a context where the dice are piped ! There is no authentic democracy possible in the capitalist system, because the general interest is subordinated to the particular interests of the most influential fractions of capital.

During a referendum campaign, the debate is inevitably distorted by lobbies ready to spend tens of millions on TV spots, on advertising, on " experts " hired to get citizens the " right vote ". Admittedly, it does not prevent, on the occasion, to still put a nice slap to the powerful - remember the referendum of 2005. But as long as the power is in their hands, they will apply only what they will want !

So the RIC, why not ... But make no mistake: the power to the people is impossible without the socialization and self-management of the economy and the elimination of capitalists !

Libertarian Alternative, December 20, 2018

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