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(en) Venezuela: El Libertario, #38 - In these times of scoundrels

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Date Tue, 17 Aug 2004 06:23:39 +0200 (CEST)

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* Facing the situation created by the referendum of 8/15/2004 to
recall the president, the Comision de Relaciones Anarquistas and
its newspaper El Libertario call for a radical rupture with those
candidates for authoritarian power, presenting to the Venezuelan
people ways out of the actual crisis based on mutual aid, direct
action and self-management.
As has been the norm in recent Venezuelan history, the summits of
power promote, again, the alleged importance of the noisy cat fights
they show their bedazzled spectators. Using verbosity as
grandiloquent as worn out by overuse during these 5 years, both
struggling political gangs proclaim that the next presidential recall
referendum will be the mother of all fights, since both sides swear
that now they have the opponent on the ropes, ready for the
decisive punch that will determine their overwhelming defeat.

We have insisted plenty on the emptiness and dishonesty of this
debate, but it is essential to continue expressing our criticism of the
arguments that those competing for power can only justify with
endless repetition. Thus, they insist that we must trust the electoral
process and its delegation of power upon elected representatives as
the only rational and realistic solution to the collective problems,
asking that we Venezuelans forget the sad results brought to us by
that fallacious illusion during the IV as well as the V Republic.
They repeat to exhaustion that participating in the elections is an
expression of the decision-making power in our hands, denying the
overwhelming evidence of our exclusion from the real decisions
that affect our lives day to day, omitting that this fictitious amount
of electoral power is exercised only under conditions strictly
regulated by the ruling elites. This way, even the reduced space in
which to question the state's power presented by a recall
referendum is diluted when such act is framed within a carefully
institutionalized process within the norms set by authoritarian
power for its greatest benefit. Besides that, we have witnessed, in
relation to these norms during the most recent rounds of this
struggle for power, how both have not spared the ways to cheat
each other and us, to the extreme that the president of the National
Electoral Council accurately described when he said that this was a
process characterized more by its deceptions ("tramparencia") than
by its transparency ("transparencia").

The repeated abatement of all participation and all collective action
regarding the elections reveals that deep down both Chavistas and
the Coordinadora Democratica share a deep seated disdain for the
people's ability to confront and solve their problems. In spite of
traversing a socio-economic situation that screams for organized
popular mobilization to face the multiple calamities we suffer
(unemployment, poverty, malnutrition, delinquency, crisis in public
services, etc) both sides limit their efforts to the electoral scene,
appeasing their followers with ethereal promises to be delivered
after their election or ratification. The success they have enjoyed
putting social struggles to sleep with the electoral opium has been
the greatest victory for this system of domination and repression we
suffer, since after all, if people would understand that direct action
and self-management could solve their problems without the need
of a State nor of rulers supposedly indispensable, both gangs would
be shown up in their shameful vulgar identity of authoritarian

Neither "revolutionaries" nor "democratic" ...liars!
The above idea is linked to the widespread and false dilemma of
determining the supposedly "lesser evil" character that some of the
electoral contenders might have. Those who attribute said condition
to Coordinadora Democratica seem to ignore lots of evidence that
render untenable any illusions of their use of power in a different
manner than Chavez, except for the fact that they would abandon
the pseudo-revolutionary rhetoric in fashion. Equal or worse is the
case of those who assume that the current government is the
guardian of social rights and achievements, attributing to the
Commandant's and his minions' heroic testicles a decisive role in
achievements that are not dependent on the cowardly spirit of those
who hold power, since in the end it is organized popular action
the only solid and steadfast guarantor of any advance or betterment
of the common good. The most regrettable outcome of having
allowed this cheating logic to carry the day is the cost incurred in
dismantling previous efforts of independent social organization,
since all exits lead to the messianic helmsmen who -now or in the
future - would run the State. In addition, in contrast to the effort,
time and dedication required to build free and conscientious grass
roots structures, both factions promote crony submission to
authoritarian power as the easy and quick way out, when the truth
is that this leads to the blind alley of demobilization and impotence.

Let it be clear: all the proposals being presented by those who wield
or aspire to wield state power are deeply damaging to the enezuelan
people because - with different shades of demagogic pyrotechnics -
they all seek to reinforce authority, to amputate any possibility of
developing autonomous social movements and to impede the
empowerment of people's rights. Whoever prevails, the processes
currently at work, of militarization, repression of dissent and
enlargement of authoritarian socio-cultural controls will continue
their dark escalation which we have been suffering.

In this picture, we the anarchists reaffirm the proposals we have
been insisting upon that are winning acceptance among
Venezuelans already sick and tired of the cheating games of such
scoundrels. To that 45% of voters depolarized and "neither-nor"
("ni-ni") - but also to those doubters who continue to believe
that the way to go is the ballot - we say that the crisis will not be
resolved at the hand of actors that only aspire to power because of
its advantages, be they Hugo Chavez or any other clownish
anti-Chavez, as real changes for the better will only come from
below and with the conscious effort of all. Many fear such change
due to the panic that has always been sown by the system of
domination, but to those who think so we say that - even scarier
than what we build with everybody's passion and reason - is to
continue expecting solutions from a power structure that has only
deceived and fleeced us. We don't sell a miraculous formula, nor do
we proclaim that under our blessed guidance the people "will cease
to suffer", but we will always insist that the road to a better future
will come from collective efforts and consciousness, with no need
for fraudulent luminaries nor authoritarian institutions.

Don't let authoritarian power deceive you nor encourage you ...
read, think, act for yourself!

Against blackmail and manipulation: direct action and

Let's build the authentic social power of decision-making through
mutual aid and collective direct action!

Self-management is the real participation!

There's no way out with the State nor with any authoritarian power!

[Translation: Luís]

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