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(en) Freedom 6322 Nov 16th 2002 - Against bosses of the world

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Thu, 28 Nov 2002 04:44:52 -0500 (EST)

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A response from the International of Anarchist Federations to the
European Social Forum
The 'long-lasting and permanent' climate of war we have known
since September 11th has become a constant part of our daily
lives, with grave implications for the manipulation of information,
propaganda, and repression. At every level, the peddlers of war are
working to restrict political freedom and the freedom of workers
organisations everywhere. The 'war against terrorism' has become
the pretext to launch a determined attack against all areas of
resistance, and against any obstacles standing in the way of the
US-led international power system.
The threat of a war of aggression against Iraq, the endless
massacres in the Middle East, the increasing military presence in
Columbia (the third largest recipient of US military aid after
Turkey and Israel) and the Afghan war remain the centre of
attention while other possible theatres of conflict are opening up.
In the wake of the current recession, the bold euphoria among
neo-liberals at the progressive fortunes of economic globalisation
is increasingly deflated. This recession has seen a reduction in
commerce, dwindling financial transactions and a highly cautious
attitude towards any new developments, that have forced the
ruling classes to rethink state intervention, the prosecution of war
and their processes of restructuring.
The process of economic globalisation being pursued by the
multinationals and their associated organisations (the WTO, IMF,
etc.) is slowing down. At the same time, there has been a strong
upsurge of national and macro-regional politics in the handling of
the war in Afghanistan, the process of European expansion, the
reorganisation of the role of NATO, and France and Germany
pulling out of the Iraq crisis. Discussion of matters such as public
spending has really meant talking about the politics of profit. All
this results in a strengthening of the role of nation states, and a
new phase in the globalisation process centred on a political
imperialism which forces all other states into a subordinate
relationship to US military might. Practises of integration and
competition coexist in a scenario which sees war as the inevitable
outcome of a crisis in international relations.
Bush's rallying cry ("You're either with us or against us") testifies
to the US desire to impose itself wherever and however it sees fit,
in a context further complicated by the processes of economic
globalisation. In the recent past, these processes have provided the
rationale for such impositions, but after the attack on the Twin
Towers they no longer seem relevant. If economic globalisation
had become a giant curtain concealing the continual redefinition
of the powers and their hierarchy, September 11th cut it to shreds
and revealed the desire for global totalitarian control by the ruling
US groups. In this they are wholly unaccountable, as is
demonstrated by the US stance both towards the United Nations
International War Crimes Tribunal and the United Nations as a
In this situation, the present movement against economic
globalisation, multinationals and their organisations, is forced to
redefine its practices and objectives. In a context of war, we
cannot confine ourselves to challenging these economic organs
without confronting what and who supports them and the politics
that drives them. A leap must be made, so as to give political and
social consistency to our own proposals and our anger.
Revolutionary proposals for the demolition of political and
economic power and for the establishment of generalised
self-management must be brought up to date. In this climate of
'civil war', we need to see ourselves clearly. We need to recognise
the dangers and traps before us. One such danger is the tendency
to enclose oneself in a regional, national, ethnic or religious
enclave, thus breathing life back into the logic of nationalism.
Instead, it is necessary to breathe life back into the
internationalism which has animated this period of struggles. Such
internationalism, in its most radical and libertarian social
components, has had the clearest and most determined spirit.
In order to oppose the barbarities of war and the system it
generates, it is essential to coordinate movements wherever they
may be, to have dialogue between the various political and
ideological cultures which animate these movements, and to make
comparisons in all areas. For this to succeed, it must not fall into
the usual reformist trap - generally Social Democratic - which
celebrated its last rites in Porto Alegre.
Internationalism only has meaning if it has a very solid base, built
on a commitment to struggle against 'one's own' state, 'one's
own' power system. It is only in this way that the effectiveness of
social transformation, animating the different spirits of the
movement, can be measured. The current climate is characterised
by fragmentation and the demise of social 'guarantees'. The
development and direction of the movement, therefore, will
depend on the intelligence and energy we bring to bear on
formulating proposals. It must be a movement which has the
ability to by-pass the formal established opposition, in order to
bring into the movement those people who are no longer willing to
submit to the daily violence of the power system, and who
genuinely believe that another world is not only possible but
All over the world, anarchists are making practical, incisive and
active contributions towards these aims. The effects of the
mobilisations in Seattle, that saw a determined and effective
anarchist presence and were a sign of libertarian renewal in the
USA, are still being felt. In Russia, crime and repression have not
curtailed committed anarchist opposition to the openly fascist
regime. Latin America has seen a continued growth of groups,
newspapers and mobilisations, especially in Argentina, Chile,
Venezuela, Uruguay and Brazil, grappling with the problem of
coordinating the ever increasing number of initiatives on a national
scale. In Europe, even in the complexity of the anarchist and
anarcho-syndicalist movement, there have been instances of high
visibility of the movement - in Lyon, Amsterdam, Genoa, Rome,
Paris, London, Prague, Athens and Seville. Further signals are
also coming from Turkey, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa,
Lebanon and Australia.
It is essential that we do not delay in promoting an internationalist
dimension in local practices. The International of Anarchist
Federations is aiming to promote a strengthening of ties between
its affiliated organisations and urges a united initiative with the
whole of the anarchist movement, taking into account the richness
and diversity of all involved, both recognising and working on
common routes and purposes.
Massimo Varengo
Secretariat of the International of
Anarchist Federations

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