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(en) Brazil, Collective Breaking Walls: Out with the reforms! - Brief analysis of the national context from a libertarian perspective (pt)

Date Sun, 4 Jun 2017 11:22:11 +0300

OR VOTE WITH FROM THE UP OR FIGHT WITH FROM THE DOWN! ---- The dynamics of national politics are shaped by the financing of corporations and their Companies to large or all political parties of the order and their favorite candidates in the electoral disputes. Whether through "legal" funding of campaigns, or corruption, the goal is that, when elected, these politicians make decisions and act to promote corporate interests. Politicians place the demands of corporations ahead of the demands of the population; Proposals that should meet popular needs are eliminated or diluted by corporate interests; Companies by means of bills minimize the cost of their production and their services to maximize profit: low remuneration for long hours of work, pollution and aggressive exploitation of the environment, loosening safety conditions at work, failure to comply with Among other measures that show how these groups use the state for their own benefit.

The population, especially the poorest, suffers even more from these measures that cause dissatisfaction - which, at various times, are accentuated by reports of corruption. In this scenario, the media has the fundamental role of articulation and manipulation: to make the population better accept these unpopular measures and selectively denounce the scandals involving politicians who will be discarded, taking the focus of the political problem as a whole and who they are The real corruptors: to a large extent entrepreneurs and bankers.

Politicians who do not sufficiently meet the expectations of big business owners are deposed, in addition there are internal disputes between economic and political elites for their projects - characterized, to a greater or lesser extent, by attacks on the working class.

Recently, in addition to the numerous cases of corruption exposed by Operation Lava Jato, the Federal Supreme Court (STF) announced, on May 18, audios delivered by businessman Joesley Batista of JBS [the world's largest animal protein corporation] in his whistleblowing deal. The dialogue between Temer and Joesley was recorded in the president's residence, without Temer knowing that it was being recorded. The audiences had comments from the businessman about the tip that former president [of Chamber of Deputies] Eduardo Cunha received to keep quiet while in custody - comments followed by words of approval of the president, agreeing and endorsing this payment. Disclosed first hand by Rede Globo, an emitter of enormous influence, Temer audios circulated rapidly throughout Brazil, leading to a political scandal. Temer already had a very low approval rate - 4% in April 2017 - and, not denying his involvement in paying a bribe, the president was at the center of an uproar that deepened the political crisis in the country.

In turn, the syndical centrals and countless social movements and political organizations, even before the audiences scandal, had already been calling for national stoppages setting the "Fora Temer" [Out Temer], decided in their closed summit meetings and displaced from their bases. The audio leakage only heated up and served as the final piece to legitimize calls for the alleged General Strike Action and the "Fora Temer", "Diretas Já" [Direct Election Now], “Eleições Gerais” [General Elections] among other flags allied to the maintenance of the democratic farce.

Faced with successive attacks on the working class and corruption scandals, the main response given by some syndical centrals is the electoral route, through direct or general elections. However, we understand that this instrument of representativeness is nothing more than a "dance of the chairs" of the economic elite, which puts in power those who are better able to implement their political projects of advancing privatization, scrapping public services and attacks on labor rights . We do not believe that this is the answer, much less the solution to our problems, since historically we have seen that no government was truly on the side of the workers and that support for governments and the construction of candidatures are not enough to guarantee the maintenance and conquest of our rights.
In our understanding, only the struggle with the base, within our workplace, study and home, may be the way to prevent draft laws that affect us in a negative way are approved. This is because, no matter who is the president or the political figure in charge, we have a National Congress and a Senate that stand in favor of these unpopular measures and it will not be through the vote that people will be placed with the necessary conditions to block the political reforms and economic conditions that are so damaging to us. In this way, we can see that none of the answers presented by representative democracy is sufficient to get out of the economic crisis: impeachment processes and elections are part of the political project that the elites want to put into practice.

We do not believe that merely those called to National Marches in Brasilia will solve the existing problems, since we will be going without social bases to a place that brings the idea of centrality of power. The popular power is not in Brasilia, the power is where the workers and students, organized or not, concentrate! The articulation at the national level is important and should not be denied, but if this articulation is made in cabinet conversations and without popular participation, it does not interest us. We must press for the overthrow and dissolution of economic and political power, but with the popular participation and the uprisings of the students and workers organized in their localities. Only then will we respond and solve the crises that we face within this political structure that fails and does not serve the interests of the population at large.

Lock and barricade carried out by metallurgical workers of Paraná

Prioritizing mobilizations in Brasília, rather than on the bases, and guiding solutions as " Direct Election Now", imply abandoning the means of struggle constructed by the working class over the years (strikes action, occupations, blockades, etc.) and the reproduction of a project considered as "democratic and popular", largely defended by the Workers' Party (PT) and which has barely favored the population for more than a decade in power compared to the benefits offered to the most diverse business sectors.

Another important issue to be addressed is the recent calls to the "General Strikes Action", to which we disagree with their content: we believe and defend the construction of a General Strike Action as a way to stop these measures, but we believe that it should be built in the localities, in the syndicates and the organization of workers so that they understand that their workforce is what keeps the employer's profit and consequently the basis of national policy. It is important to understand that a General Strike Action should not be a decree of syndical centrals marking for certain dates one or two day standstills. If they have start and end times, we must understand them as paralyzes that do not carry the same force as a General Strike Action. And at the moment, it would be to fuel illusions to say that one-offs will suffice to stop so many attacks.
We should be guided by the construction of a General Strike Action in a revolutionary way, so that the worker is emancipated and fully aware of his political power and the need to be organized in his place, building his syndicalist movement and breaking with the old unions and “pelegas” and bureaucratic centrals that in its board the boss or the party is the one who commands. Construction that we, as workers and workers in formation, must endorse within the Student Movement and its base instances and call on all to participate actively in this fight against the attacks that also directly affect them.
It is necessary that we organize and support the workers, it is necessary that the production and the services are interrupted, it is necessary to amplify the radicalization in the streets through the blockades with barricades, it is necessary to raise us in our localities against the measures of the Federal Government and to construct another form of power in a horizontal way, promoting direct action and dissociating itself from the electoral projects that certain syndical centrals and movements promote in the marches and paralyzes.


Por Coletivo Quebrando Muros
By Collective Breaking Walls

Source: https://quebrandomuros.wordpress.com/2017/06/02/fora-com-as-reformas-breve-analise-da-conjuntura-nacional-sob-uma-perspectiva-libertaria/
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