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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #226 - Alternative: Neither protectionism or free trade: productive autonomy (fr) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 16 Apr 2013 18:10:56 +0300


As a revolutionary organization, Alternative libertarian had to offer an alternative to the false debate between protectionism and free trade that drives the political arena at a time when the global crisis deepens. This alternative is called "self-productive." ---- Faced with the crisis, the National Front talks about closing borders, the right and the Government of competitiveness (include lower wages). Montebourg, who advocated deglobalization before the elections has only false solutions to advance against the relocation. Part of the left of the left advocates protectionism. ---- Traditionally, organizations of the extreme left (Marxist or libertarian) remain on the analysis of the nineteenth century, thinking that free trade is better than protectionism because it develop more quickly contradictions of capitalism, leading it to ruin.

Hundred and thirty years after the death of Marx, free trade and capitalism are still alive. Recognizing this, Alternative libertarian think a new path must be traced: the "self-productive."

Food Sovereignty

The concept of autonomy productive relies on the concept of food sovereignty supported by the International Confederation Paysanne and Via Campesina. Their analysis has shown that free trade is protectionism led the Peasants in the wall. Thus, monoculture has led to the famine and ruin soon as commodity prices collapsed.

Similarly, protectionist measures, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in Europe and the farm bill in the United States have contributed to flooding in the South of imported products while practicing agriculture polluting and harmful to the farmers of the country North. The idea of ââfood sovereignty is that every region of the world must be able to feed itself without placing itself under the control of multinational agribusiness and develop local production, under the control of farmers and peasant population.

Productive autonomy against capitalism

By introducing the idea of ââautonomy for industrial productive we are in the continuity of the analysis of food sovereignty. Due to the triple disaster social, ecological and democratic which leads free trade, we say that social movements in the West, in Asia or Africa can now converge in the productive logic of autonomy of each region . Relocation of production is a necessity. This does not mean spooky "autarky", but short circuits of exchange, and limiting long exchanges that can not be produced locally. Productive autonomy involves reducing production to the needs of the people and to break with productivism, resulting in the decrease of working time and out of the logic of profit. This is why the autonomy of each productive region of the world hinders the interests of capitalists. It can only come against them, under the pressure of the people and under the control of Workers.

Lulu (AL Nantes)
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