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(en) France, Alternative libertaire #221 - Dico antisécuritaire: What is social democracy? (fr) [machine translation]

Date Sun, 02 Dec 2012 18:13:50 +0200

Each month, a word or phrase under scrutiny ---- "Species of Soce-Dem". Sometimes there adds "dirty" sometimes insult is sufficient to itself. In the small revolutionary milieu, there is little that "social-traitor" who has more bad press. But, what exactly is a "Soce-Dem", whose mere mention makes the hair ruffle any self-respecting revolutionary? -- When you insult someone or dealing with the "Soce-Dem", it means he or she would indicate a social democrat. But what's so horrible to be assimilated to a militant or activist political trend today represented by the Socialist Party? ---- To understand why and how, we must make a brief history of this political trend. In the beginning, there was Marxism. Following the split of the current anti-authoritarian Bakunin 1, Marxists are divided between revolutionaries and reformists in the Second International (Socialist).

The First World War and especially the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 put an end to the International and the reformist and rightist revolutionaries find themselves in the Socialist Workers' International (SFIO which is part French). The arrival on the scene in front of the various communist parties, supported by the USSR, requires different parties claiming socialism to assert their differences, especially on the issue of violence, revolution, how to come to power. The terms "social" (for socialist) and "democratic" (as opposed to communism), began to be put together, especially in the Scandinavian countries. The Second World War put an end to Stalinism Marxist references among Social Democrats (Cold War forces). It is from there that reformism and social democracy will confuse: the objective is no longer to overcome capitalism and install a new society, but to "correct" the errors of social reform.

Since the main left parties in Europe and around the world have converted to this more electorally carrier that revolutionary break against capitalism. According to the Social Democratic dogma, which we usually stood at every strike or every reform challenged, it is better to negotiate than to fight, 'save' pensions by working more workers instead of spitting capitalists and above all, inspire the Scandinavian countries. Once the argument out, has no further voice.

In France, there is not, strictly speaking, the Social Democratic Party and the PS fills this role very well. For the record, there existed a French Social Democratic Party, the result of division of the PS in the 1970s. It was chaired by the former Minister Sarkozy and avid cigar, André Santini. Further evidence that social democracy has nothing much attractive for an activist or an activist who would do even a minimum, improve the condition of workers'. Can be understood as a revolutionary, to be called "Soce-Dem" may slightly annoyed.
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