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(en) France, Manifesto of the Union Communist Libertaire UCL - The inventiveness of the proletariat (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sun, 4 Aug 2019 09:39:11 +0300

Our conception of socialism is not the fruit of an elaboration outside the struggles of the proletariat. On the contrary, we affirm that it is the workers and workers themselves who invented and reinvented the foundations of an alternative society to capitalism, through their struggles and especially during revolutionary periods. ---- A tramway in Barcelona in 1936-1937. ---- During the Spanish Revolution, industries and services came under workers control in Catalonia. ---- At all times and in contemporary times, people have sought ways to achieve social and political equality. Throughout the world, during the Paris Commune in 1871, in Mexico between 1910 and 1917, in Russia and Ukraine from 1917 to 1921, with the Korean commune of Shinmin (1929-1931), in Spain from 1936 to 1937 the bases of another possible socialism developed, finally crushed by the bourgeoisie and / or fascism, or betrayed by the constitution of a new ruling class. Other examples include the revolutionary experiences in Chiapas from 1994 and Rojava from 2012 onwards.

Do not repeat the mistakes of the past
Each revolutionary experience, each high point of the class struggle, has confirmed this aspiration to a society and a recovery at the grassroots level, from collectivized and self-managed enterprises to free communes.

Our libertarian socialism is therefore the heir to the anti-authoritarian tendencies developed since the First International by a part of the workers, peasants and social movements. It is clear that other currents have prevailed for decades: state socialism - Social Democracy, Leninism, Stalinism, Maoism, Trotskyism - which opposed the popular aspirations of self-government and direct democracy and led the popular movements to a stalemate.

Libertarian communism, developed autonomously by the workers, has opened an extraordinary perspective for humanity, outlining through concrete achievements a superior form of democracy.

But historical experiences have also revealed limitations and weaknesses that must be taken into account. It is for this reason that a coherent project carried by a militant organization is today necessary to pose the problems that libertarian communism will face and face.

If the existence of such a project is not an infallible guarantee, it can nevertheless help the masses in struggle to avoid the errors of the past to reach the complete emancipation.

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