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(en) Anarkismo.net: Colombia, Bogotá, Four thoughts on the class struggle today by Libertarian Way Group* (ca)[machine translation]

Date Tue, 26 Mar 2013 15:19:24 +0200


Social classes are as exploited as Victorinos telenovelas, as measured by state planning agencies as DANE in his scheme of income of the economically active and we see taking us through the city from south to north. Let us give an abstract definition and simple: Social classes are those groups of people who share their financial situation (income, working forms, relating to the means of production) differentiated from other groups, similar social and cultural conditions. This specific relationship where we can identify a class and differentiated from other causes anyone to compare a woman selling gum with a landowner paisa Bogotá, establishing their differences. But not only are the identities of classes, there are also race, sex, gender, creed, region, politics, sometimes more and sometimes less important than the class for people who experience them and to the criticism that the analyzed .


Class struggle is an intersubjective reality we see, eat and hear all the time

Social classes are as exploited as Victorinos telenovelas, as measured by state planning agencies as DANE in his scheme of income of the economically active and we see taking us through the city from south to north. Let us give an abstract definition and simple: Social classes are those groups of people who share their financial situation (income, working forms, relating to the means of production) differentiated from other groups, similar social and cultural conditions. This specific relationship where we can identify a class and differentiated from other causes anyone to compare a woman selling gum with a landowner paisa Bogotá, establishing their differences. But not only are the identities of classes, there are also race, sex, gender, creed, region, politics, sometimes more and sometimes less important than the class for people who experience them and to the criticism that the analyzed .

Social classes enhanced by the development of the capitalist system, in classical terms the bourgeoisie and the proletariat, and so there are promoters assume cultural industries such as book collection with its target audience polls, they organize their banking systems scales loans and when we eat lunch at different restaurants located in the city center where there are places that are technicians, secretaries and messengers, and another where they heads and administrators. Roughly we could say that the bourgeoisie is a social class rich, linked to trade and possessed of the means of production and distribution, and the proletariat is a poor social class, linked to work and deprived of the means of production and distribution, forced to sell their labor to labor on these. This specificity allows us to say that the styling of the rice plantations of the coast is different from the human resources manager of a call center in Bucaramanga. But not only are these classes capitalists, there are other pre-capitalist classes, such as peasant or landowner, other social sectors as intellectuals or students, and other economic levels as that differentiate a construction worker Pacific walking to work in a coal worker power in the south to be in your car.

The antagonism between the different social classes enhanced or not there is also capitalism and traditional folklore takes stories like Prince and the Pauper, the world's police cordon on their poor areas and we hear when we hear a conversation outside bus in an employee complaining about his salary. We could say in very basic lines that antagonism exists as conflict over the control of the labor force and the means of production and distribution, between social classes with different class interests. This antagonism allows us to differentiate between what you do with your time and money for their production of cane cutter with an oilman Valle de los Llanos. But not only the antagonism between social classes such as occurs also between sexes or races, not always is the main motivation of people as could be the case of a farmer who supports Uribe against land reform or a leftist banker defending the rise in wages, not always expressed in the same way tardy differentiating a dump truck driver out of laziness or a shareholders' meeting closed textile of any worker.

Antagonism is continuous struggle becomes. Class struggle there then. It is an intersubjective phenomenon, meaning that different people perceive, and global, as is experienced at different times and regions. We would say that can exist on three levels: 1) most of the time is expressed as an ironic commentary against the working pattern as reluctance on the job, as single verbal fight on the salary, ie as low level voltage underground and wear, 2) at times is expressed as coordination of requests of different actresses, as challenging times and standards as strike-lockout, ie half as open conflict intensity and movement and 3) sometimes presented as trade organization, such as violence and expropriation, and war declared high intensity and positions. That is more a lengthy and ongoing fight a short war and episodic, but sometimes the first takes the form of the second.

Social classes are a magma that allows movement but leaves mark

Bakunin was born in a home to the Tsarist aristocracy with thousands of servants at their disposal, fought most of her adult life as a bohemian revolutionary squandered his wealth in the cause of liberation of the working poor and died surrounded by workers and artisans. Tulio Cuevas was born in Colombia in exchange for a home worker, climb as gangsterism union leader serving class collaboration into a pattern and died among entrepreneurs and other union bureaucrats like him. Obviously the social class to which they belonged to two men change throughout their life in a clear demonstration that the classes are a closed system but not tight and that allow for social mobility. Both believed fiercely in their life plans and changed their materials under the same conditions. However it is important to understand that classes are never alone, and always interact with other identities conflictively as sex, gender, race or nationality.

However it is clear that their class origin was important in projecting a certain activities (going to study philosophy in the case of Bakunin, work in the case of Cuevas) and determines certain aspects of his adult life. This shows that classes can not imprison granite blocks inside but neither crystalline streams which enter and leave at will, but rather a kind of burning magma and shapes our bodies and personal projects. Exploring an everyday example: A university intellectual who comes from a working family starts behaving like a bourgeois and acquires some of their habits can be distinguished from a bourgeois anyone, ranging from distinctive physical features to his speech. However if their habits persist and secured, after some time many of its distinguishing features lose their strength and they can hide, without however disappearing.

In the capitalist classes are open social structure in which we signed before birth, as evidenced by the large uneven nutrition, housing and labor expectant families and even after death, as shown by the prosperous business death and burial for the poor or rich. However certain conditions and with a lot of will, ie life projects, some but not all can make the difference, why not sign up to stop the logic of class structure. A worker who wastes his life accumulating works and achieves social climber or a businesswoman gives dolcevitta and breaks down to the level of the workers, not people for outside or above classes but those that best show their operation polarizing, real situations that should not let us forget that the system works precisely because while working to burst the vast majority of workers do not escape from their condition and never even make the vast majority of bourgeois either.

The class struggle is a dual relationship, polarizing and complex

The specific classes exist only as part of a broader package, which identifies itself when it is able to differentiate itself from the other, and these relationships are marked by differentiation antagonism. So rather than separate islands are strings relational structures. And they only live through concrete individual subject, with many intersections identity using a metaphor that naturalistic painting animals of many colors. So it's working for their youth identities and musical tastes are related and share with bourgeois habits. And for being bourgeois religious seamlessly blend with the workers.

Looking from the set there are multiple classes, with different strata and factions using the above example could be the basis of the primary colors, mix, and interaction which gives life to the secondary colors. In our society we may identify as the impoverished and dominated women farmers, workers and smallholders, and the wealthy ruling to landowners, aristocrats and bourgeois, and a nebulous middle level workers crossing the wealthy , medium and small bourgeois owners. Detailing could point to the existence of different strata within classes that differentiate the bank workers with minimum wage earnings of 3 own their home and car, industrial workers wages gains two leased homes but own their vehicles and workers bearing construction 1 minimum wage with no car and rented homes, or even of bourgeois factions as those with investments primarily in industry ANDI grouped in agriculture unionized in the SAC, in livestock FEDEGAN organized and commercially United FENALCO.

Finally this set could be divided into two great classes-driven capitalist economy, the bourgeoisie possessed of wealth and means of production and distribution that integrate himself to landowners and aristocrats and the proletariat generator of wealth and media activator production and distribution, which would integrate within itself to rural and small owners, in a color spectrum of highs and lows, shot through the middle, in the middle of a dual relationship that separates working capital, and a polarizing relationship the faces. So there are white, black and gray. But the key here is that not only are these three tones, but a variety of colors that prevail in their combinations and interactions. That there is a chromatic scale and organize around it does not negate the rainbow colors. That there are two poles in the class struggle does not deny the existence of many layers and sectors however are organized according to the blocks.

The class struggle can be a liberation struggle

Simplifying we could say that the history of human societies hierarchical, that is not the only nor the most durable type of human societies has been accompanied by the class struggle, which has never been the only one, and sometimes many not the main factor of common life. For this reason the classes have been combined with other types of differentiation, exclusion and social division of labor such as sex, clan, race or estate and have long been marginalized integrated but not necessarily the same . Will modern capitalist society which emphasize the class rule, diluting the weight of the establishment or the clan, and reinforcing the weight of sex or race, sometimes prevail over it, integrate or attach the same. Will the capitalist production relations which diluted the aristocrats and landowners within the bourgeoisie without so remove them, and will do the same with the farmers and smallholders within the proletariat.

Anarchism was born of the class struggle and other social struggles, and they must sense, has set out to destroy the social classes and other hierarchical relationships of oppression. This has no choice but to propose that fight politically oppressed, ie daily and structurally against oppression to which they are subject, in the case of social classes that workers do against the class system. And in these struggles whites in the racial struggles of men in sex, heterosexuals in gender, the inhabitants of rich countries on national and bourgeois in class, can play an important role renouncing press this is giving up the material practices that allow (that his wife do everything in the home or be enriched by the work of others), siding with the oppressed and helping in the effort of these for their emancipation.

The fight with the pole oppressed class struggle, i.e. workers, can be a liberation struggle that the anarchists should look and work together with other social and other struggles against other oppressions, that more often if integrate with each other, as shown in the case of the double exploitation of women workers or double discrimination of the black oppressed. In it the proletarian and peasant, both workers, along with including smallholders, may advance as a strengthening process block oppressed classes, ie strengthening the fight against hegemonic block and antagonistic classes, that can carry contesting control of society to the state and the bourgeoisie in a revolutionary rupture process

http://grupolibertariovialibre.wordpress.com/2013/03/25/cuatro-reflexiones-sobre-la-lucha-de-clases-en-la-actualidad/#more-1134
http://www.anarkismo.net/article/25216

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* Who Are We

The Libertarian Way Group Vía Libre is a political revolutionary libertarian communist tendency which acts in the city of Bogotá, Colombia. The organization, born in June 2010, aims to bring perspective to anarchist communist class struggle and the struggles of other oppressed social sectors in the region and the world.

In that sense, Via Libre both inherited and is part of the tradition of social anarchism and organized globally, and the rich and diverse history of labor struggles and popular in Colombia, Latin America and the World.

For that reason promotes social practices as the horizontal, classism, direct action and grassroots organizing among l @ s oppressed, in order to generate social self-management processes and building workers' power and move towards the Popular Social Revolution sign anticapitalist and in this way to a free and equal society.

The Group operates in sectors such as the worker, the student, the youth and the neighborhood, with an awareness of social and stimulating basic work skills, and the joint development of these sectors and their convergence and unification working class and popular struggle.

By direct action, grassroots organizing and Class Struggle!
For Workers Power and Popular!
By Communism and Freedom!
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