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(en) Czech, afed.cz: A3: Ownership or life? [machine translation]

Date Mon, 4 Feb 2019 10:06:05 +0200


Private property is the sacred cow of neo-liberal ideology. Not ours. Download, print and distribute the February issue of the A3 wall paper! ---- This year, the activity of the Klinika Autonomous Social Center was terminated involuntarily in January, which for four years successfully developed various activities in Prague's Žižkov. At the beginning, there was a group of people who do not have, like most of us, the means to buy some real estate. On the other hand, they had the desire to do something positive, and the others would benefit. And doing it in a way that would allow people around you and everyone else to get involved, come up with their own ideas, realize and develop a community. Of the thousands of empty buildings that have long been dilapidated in Prague, they chose the former pulmonary clinic. She also chose her name.

During their lifetime, countless people have enriched their own activities, organized cultural and educational events, free luncheon and other courses. And whoever wanted, he could just come to the café and give a volunteer post any offer.

The Clinic team has received sympathy for many people, mainly because of their openness, zeal and courage to do things differently. He was admired for going against the normalization stream that made many people adjustable puppets, who can not see where their problems are, and they are satisfied with the vicarious targets of their frustration. It is no wonder, therefore, that he has just taken a wave of hatred at the same time when he started with the help of people who were in a desperate situation to escape from the countries affected by the war. On the one hand, he received the František Kriegla Award from the Charter 77 Foundation for civic bravery for 2016, on the other hand he was addressed with threatening and vulgar reports and the building tried to ignite neo-Nazis.

The clinic has faced a mixed coalition, consisting precisely of neo-Nazis, politicians, especially right-wing parties and top government officials, to otherwise unprivileged supporters of the existing order and neo-liberal ideology. The clinic has therefore become an ideological dispute, where the legitimacy and the inviolability of private property are one, and others argue with legitimacy and respect for the needs of people, communities, cities and society.

As anarchists and anarchists, we stand unambiguously in the second camp. We have no reason to naively say that the capitalist order, to which everything is subject, is something sacred and inviolable. Likewise, we stood against the system of state capitalism that the Bolsheviks had set up.

Neoliberal ideology is bent with freedom. But it is primarily about the freedom of the narrow elite to collect privileges and economic power. This creates, from most of the society, an unprivileged mass, which is also a source of profit, like natural resources. Capitalism is governed by the low cost rule and maximizing profits. It is no wonder he leaves behind a glimpse of climate crisis, wars, working poverty, indebtedness and homelessness. In order to conceal the nature of the problem, ie social injustice and unequal conditions, it hurts people into the heads that their own destiny can only be theirs and that they must do more. As if people going to work and still in brigades to pay for rent and basic needs, they did little. And so far, the top managers have earned the first three days a year what a person with an average pay per year.

It is necessary to distinguish the personal property that a person needs for his / her life and which he uses normally or recreationally, and a private one that does not belong to such a category. Separate chapters are then lean private ownership, such as empty houses. It is quite legitimate to use them for their original purpose, ie housing or community activities. But according to the capitalist order and its laws, it is illegal. In practice, it looks like, even if the houses are empty, homeless people are dead on the street. According to the supporters of lawlessness, it must be so. Recall that the Nuremberg laws gave the legal basis for the genocide of the Jews. Legitimate followers would certainly not attack them.

Similarly, it is with the inviolability of private ownership. Although we find slavery today as barbaric, at that time it was defended on exactly the same principle. And if we want to go all the way, we can see an unfriendly future ahead of us. Imagine that one corporation eventually purchases all houses, land, resources, patents, etc., that is, the entire planet. According to those who claim that everyone can at will to do with their private property what they want, such a corporation can legitimately be allowed to shoot in space.

Neoliberal ideology is of benefit to those who hold economic power. We oppose solidarity with our socialism. Against the whims and the benefit of a handful of owners, we build the benefit of every individual and society as a whole.

A3 ( February 201 9 ) downloads HERE http://www.afed.cz/A3/A3-2019-02.pdf

https://www.afed.cz/text/6943/a3-vlastnictvi-nebo-zivot
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