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(en) Czech, AFED: Drapes against the logic of money [machine translation]

Date Sun, 29 Mar 2020 09:21:06 +0300

Solidarity, mutual assistance and self-organization as a denial of the ruling ideology on the example of a plain veil ---- It is tragicomic to see how any right-winger takes the word solidarity these days, which these people have always put in a dictionary of dirty and taboo words. Thirty years of ideological massage, building on the worst of economism reducing society to a mere set of competing individuals, left hardly erasable traces on society, but despite every effort it did not destroy it to fulfill the sacred Thatcher slogan that nothing like society exists. ---- But crises of various kinds show that neoliberal ideological lessons simply do not apply. They show that many people still do not want to see each other as a competitor and therefore an enemy. They show that things do not necessarily follow the logic of money. They show that profit is not everything. John Holloway to do this in his book In Capitalism. Against capitalism. Beyond capitalism (we will bring the review in the coming days), he says: "Our creative ability is not lost in the capitalist system, we overflow it. We cross it, exist beyond its borders, and that is exactly what we are trying to do here: we are trying to create something that does not follow the logic of capital. "

For decades, neoliberalism has been trying to keep the state from its punishing hand, which would control the population and, in case of dissatisfaction, take care of its pacification and, above all, the protection of private property, which has accumulated in an incredible way . In a crisis, the state is often caught up in a helpless and incapable of effective aid. Unless it is about helping those above to protect their investment and well-being. And it does not matter whether we are talking about the economic crisis in 2008, the hurricane Sandy ravaging the US east coast in October 2012, or the refugee crisis in the Balkans in 2015. In all these situations, the most affected state did not help. On the contrary, there has always been a wave of solidarity and bottom-up mutual assistance.

And it is no different today. The state finds, even if its representatives hypocritically beating their breasts, that they care about their citizens, that they do not have the means to protect them. But at the same time, day in and day out, something for the capitalist system is totally heretical. People are starting to help each other. Whether it is volunteers to help seniors or something as ordinary as sewing masks. People are able to agree among themselves on what they can produce, where to deliver substances and other materials, and how to distribute the resulting products. They exchange know-how and sew selflessly for their neighbors, for colleagues at work, for seniors in the neighborhood, for healthcare facilities, for shop assistants. People are able to provide what their employers are unable to provide to protect the life and health of their human resources. Instead, they are trying to get the most out of them. That's why there are sources in capitalism.

This solidarity of self-organization is completely beyond the logic of money. It goes completely beyond the capitalism in which we are otherwise forced to live. This non-capitalist "robe economy" is attended by individuals and groups who do not care for their own benefit, but find it normal to do something freely for their surroundings, for a society in which, through solidarity, endangered groups of people pushed by capitalism are marginalized. such as seniors or homeless people.

One of the chapters of Holloway's book is entitled "We are a crisis of capital and we are proud of it". Yes, as a society we have again shown that even though capitalism subdues us at various levels, we can overflow it and become a crisis. Let us not forget the ties we have created, let us not forget a single stitch on the veil, let us not forget the feeling we have experienced by engaging in solidarity assistance, let us not forget the joy of giving and receiving beyond the logic of money. Let us not forget all this when politicians boast about how heroically they have managed and hunt for political points when they are repulsing their neoliberal innovations about the nature of social inequalities and the benefits of dripping wealth from top to bottom.

While veils will not protect anyone from infection 100%, nor will they lay down capital, which will surely find a way to heal the ordinary people. But looking at the veil, let us remember that we are a crisis of capitalism, and let us be proud of it.

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