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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire UCL - UCL press release, Abstain from municipal elections: elected officials only represent themselves (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Thu, 9 Jul 2020 08:50:26 +0300

The municipal authorities once again demonstrated the impasse of the electoralism. Nearly 60 % of voters did not show up at the polls, a record under the Fifth Republic. This does not prevent elected officials from continuing to claim to be legitimate. If we are delighted to see certain cities, strongholds of the conservative and reactionary right, switch to alternation, we have no illusions about the policies that will be carried out there. The cosmetic and discount ecology announced by the various programs is far too far below the changes necessary to cope with the coming disaster. And the masquerade that these elections represent will not be able to withstand long the economic crisis which has only just begun.
We cannot take any more of this electoral system
One of the lessons to be learned from this election is the exhaustion of representative democracy. No election happens without breaking a new abstention record. If the result of the first round of municipal elections could be explained in part by the legitimate fear of an acceleration of the SARS-COV2 pandemic, the government's posturing was not enough to reassure the voters for the second tower.

The pandemic is clearly not the only culprit in this lack of interest in a system which consists only in dispossessing people of their capacity to decide by and for themselves. The ruling class shows us their dramatic ignorance and unbearable corruption and provokes the disgust of at least 60 % of the voters. The message is clear: the long-standing aspirations of direct democracy and social justice brought to the fore by the Yellow Vests movement and more recently by the movement against police violence and state racism are not and will not be absolutely not satisfied by the electoral system. Social conquests are achieved through struggle and not through the ballot box.

Green capitalism remains capitalism
The pseudo-victory of Europe Écologie Les Verts and of the Socialist Party at the municipal level will not be up to the ecological and social catastrophes that lie ahead. The experience of Grenoble, won by EELV in 2014, is not very encouraging for the working classes. City policy has mainly focused on the wealthy middle classes and the bourgeoisie, leaving the most oppressed. Budget cuts have continued and, despite some cosmetic measures to please downtown residents, no concrete measures have really come to the aid of those who need them most.

Without a radical change of system, where the people concerned are directly involved in decision-making, the planning of capitalism to make it eco-compatible will be on the back of the "first eras of drudgery" and will only serve those and those who are already taking advantage of it.

Let's change society not its leaders
For ecological and social issues to be really taken into account, especially in this period of great instability, the first and first concerned must be able to decide.

The organization of popular decision-making assemblies at the scale of a district or a municipality would make it possible to directly involve the inhabitants in their daily life. On a larger, inter-municipal or city scale, the decisions taken by these assemblies could be debated by councils of persons mandated by them. These mandates would only have the role of transmitting these decisions.

At the level of a region or a department, coordination could be put in place to ensure the means of subsistence necessary for all the inhabitants: enough to find accommodation by requisitioning empty accommodation, enough to feed by producing only what is necessary, etc.

And at the level of a country, a federation of autonomous regions could ensure these means of subsistence by sharing and transporting the wealth produced from one end of the territory to the other towards those who need it.

At each of these scales, the people responsible for making decisions would have a mandate revocable at any time by the popular assemblies that mandate them, preventing attempts at corruption or grabbing of power.

This is what libertarian communism offers, a revolutionary project where those who make the decisions are directly concerned with them and where each and everyone would get involved according to their means and will receive their share according to their needs.

Against electoralism and leaders who serve only themselves, social and libertarian revolution

Libertarian Communist Union, July 4, 2020

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