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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #257 (Jan) - Debate: A social project to defend in the current struggles (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Fri, 19 Feb 2016 09:11:08 +0200

"The climate does capitalism survive? "This was the question posed by a panel discussion at the Global Village alternatives. Stressing the need for an alternative based on socialization, self-management, communism, libertarians have set foot in the dish. ---- Alternative Libertaire held a stand at the edge, and called to participate in a panel discussion organized by the collective Montreuil-Climate, involving among other people of AL, NPA Set and Attac. The theme: "The climate does capitalism survive? Is decay the solution? ". ---- Result: 120-150 people in a movie theater, on stage with Geneviève Azam (Attac), Christine Poilly (decreasing Initiatives climate) and Guillaume Davranche (for the collective Montreuil-Climate). Purring away, the debate turned to the controversy between Azam and Poilly one side Davranche other. Not for the right reasons in our opinion.

Change civilization

In his speech, Azam said many excellent things, but paying little to the discussion - "we must speak of disaster and not of ecological crisis", "you have to change civilization", "we must renounce omnipotence" , etc. Only his claim that the contradiction productivism / ecology now outclassed the contradiction capital / work could be truly debate.

Poilly explained the concept of decline to go to a sober society, friendly, decentralized solidarity. She also emphasized the struggles against large unnecessary projects (Notre-Dame-des-Landes, Sivens, Gonesse ...).

Davranche focused his intervention on the need to give content to the slogan "Let's change the system, not the climate": socialization of the means of production and exchange, self-management, abolition of the capitalist market, only ways to make the company control his destiny ... The ecological disaster has upset the "socialist equation" of yesterday. Now she will have to reconcile three terms: production, people's needs and capacities of the planet, the latter being non-negotiable.

The change, we see the embryo in the individual and collective practices - refusal of consumerism, sobriety desire, struggle against unnecessary large projects. There is a real underlying trend, although still a minority. The challenge is that it supplants capitalism. To achieve this, you must pass a junction with a workers' and trade union movement which, in parallel, attitudes are changing in the right direction.

The debate that ensued was polluted by a somewhat incongruous controversy which gave the qu'Azam Poilly printing and refused any debate on the alternative of society, on the pretext that it would exercise "Marxism", d '"avant-garde" and should "let the ideologies at the door". This reluctance is outdated, and does not in fact reflect the existing Attac and reflections within the JI, as it is obvious that there will be no decrease or change in civilization without a revolutionary out of capitalism.

AL comrades present debate

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