(Eng)FRANCIA (Cast)

Luis Prat (prat@chem.ucsb.edu)
Fri, 2 Feb 1996 15:25:58 -0800


The political discourse has minted or dusted, to define in one phrase the
contents of the "Juppe Plan", the concept of 'unique thinking', as the only
way out of the political and economic impasse of the capitalist
"democracies" which implies a drastic cutback to the social rights obtained
through epic struggles for over a century by the Worker's Movement.

"This strike movement prepares the terrain for the ultra-right", it's said
in government circles. This is pure demagogue's talk. Le Pen and its
"National Front" are already in power, reincarnated in a Chirac desguised as
a liberal, who continues with the project of perfecting atomic weapons and
now promotes the antisocial "Juppe's Plan" as the only policy capable of
meeting the conditions demanded by the "Maastricht Treaty".

criticized, not in itself, but simply because of the way the government
plans to impose it, without a previous "social summit" with the
participation of the various social entities. What most of the institutional
political spectrum, french or european, tries to hide is that the
"Maastricht Treaty" is a consequence of the pressure and the directives
imposed by neo-liberalism's "world circles", to which the principal
political currents of the European Community's countries are subject.


Due to the interposition of the elements involved in the conflict, deep at
the bottom of "Juppe's Plan" and its response -the strike - we find united
all the political, social, structural and conceptual elements of two
antagonistic discourses that overrun any boundaries or speculative limits.
That is to say, a conflict in which antagonistic ways of conceiving social
relations and the very philosophy of existance face each other.

In other words, the confrontation, on the one hand, of the contents and
demands of the "Maastricht Treaty" previously profiled and agreed upon
within the high spheres of worldwide neoliberalism (that the spanish
political spectrum accepted almost unanimously) whose inevitable antisocial
effects are present in "Juppe's Plan"; on the other, a social explosion
which joins concrete demands of a syndicalist character and various
political and social criteria, and a strong rejection and solid resistance
to a certain idea of Europe, that of Capital.

That is to say, the world's high finance is behind "Juppe's Plan", and
beyond France's social explosion there is the defense of the interests and
social rights of the popular and worker's sectors of the whole continent.

In the face of a confrontation of this nature we may ask what mysterious
reasons prevent the expansion of France's social explosion to the whole
continental area.

It's certainly a paradox, because whereas it has been possible that in
France a social agent such as the unions has been able to act as catalyst to
generalized popular rejection, rooted in wide sectors outside the unions,
that has allowed for such an explosion, it's logical to ask why this
phenomenon has not happened in other western european countries, where the
acquired social rights are also endangered by the demands of the "Maastricht
Treaty" and where the structural and social elements, in unions and outside
of unions, also exist. We can't understand why the catalyst influence of the
unions has not been put in motion to promote the spread of the social
explosion in defense of identical interests.

In effect, the historical phenomenon that's happening in France is creating
a political and social situation whose consolidation, by its expansion, is
required by the most elemental logic.

If this doesn't happen in Spain is because something is failing, either the
unions are devoid of enough sensibility to lend their catalyst influence to
the social dynamics outside the unions, or else the healthy pressure that
these currents should exercise over the syndicalist organizations is
failing. One thing is obvious, the deep and irreversible deterioration of
Spain's political institutions promotes the conditions and the legitimate
motivations for such a generalized social explosion to occur.


One of the facts that has made the french social explosion evident is the
incompetence of the EU's politicians, with the recent Euromediterranean
Conference in Barcelona, dedicated to the prevention of a predicted
demographic explosion in waves of inmigrants to western european countries
from the southern mediterranean basin, their own incompetence prevents them
from seeing that in reality the social explosion detonator is cooking in its

If we add, to the weakness of english influence whether in its monarchic
institutions or its colonial policies, the spectacular sinking of french
socialism, the disintegration of the parties that have been playing politics
in Italy since 1945, the run-away deterioration of Spain's political
institutions that touches the very head of the Borbones, it's fitting to
ask, after the failed attempt to achieve the goals demanded by the
"Maastricht Treaty", whether the project of a European Union is blocked,
creating a situation, less than ten years after the fall of the Berlin wall,
conducive to a "second political sinking" of the european continent, from
the Urals to the Atlantic.

This is one of the lessons offered by the social explosion, in whose midst
France's Libertarian Movement is active.

Meanwhile, the CNT "amuses itself" in a rejected Congress, whose convocation
has no other end except for cosmetic reasons, avoiding tackling the serious
internal problems which, without their solution, put it at the threshold of
its own disintegration.


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