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(en) Italy: Alternativa Libertaria Nov. 04 - On war, anti-militarism, peace and exploitation (it)

From Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici <internazionale@fdca.it>
Date Sat, 20 Nov 2004 15:34:29 +0100 (CET)

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Faced with the growing military occupation of civilian society (both physically
and media-based) and with the spread of an aberrant conviction of a "state of
necessity" for a military presence in every corner of the world in order to
guarantee security (sic!), we must encourage the spread of a vigorous
anti-militarist consciousness. Faced with the growth and the globalization of
military alliances, we must seek to ensure the growth and continued political
activity of an equally global movement, which is strongly anti-militarist and
anti-war. This movement must unmask and denounce the firm link between
militarism and capitalism. The FdCA therefore bases and develops its tactics on
the following strategic lines:

* Wars always break out as a result of a clash between huge economic interests
and geopolitical power. Any reasons which may be given for war (anti-terrorism,
humanitarian, nationalist, ethnic, religious, tribal, etc.) only serve to hide
the true stakes and sow the seeds of hatred with the aim of setting the weaker,
poorer classes against each other.

* Nationalism and ethnic or religious affiliation are the ideologies used ever
more frequently by national States (often developing countries or "high poor"
countries) and by economic-military power castes in order to obtain consensus
for their protectionist economic policies. These policies are designed to
protect niche markets or the control of resources and strategic corridors as an
integral part of the globalization process, paid for at great cost by the
working classes. Accordingly, fighting nationalism means fighting capitalism;

* Militarism and the militarization of society are forms of social control
which go hand in hand with nationalist ideologies. They constitute the global
market for the arms trade. They open the way for imperialist interests.
Fighting against militarism means fighting against capitalism.

* Anti-terrorist or "humanitarian" military interventions against various
dictators and castes, or in support of warring national interests, do not lead
to liberation or democracy but to a state of endemic war. Armies and military
bases are semi-permanently based in war zones and in nearby countries, in order
to protect the economic interests of international capitalism. Alongside this
we see the growth of the hypocritical market in "humanitarian aid" and
"reconstruction" with all the speculation, money-laundering and abuse of
civilians that this entails. Fighting against military intervention means
fighting against capitalism.

The anti-militarist struggle is part and parcel of the general anti-capitalist
struggle. Accordingly, in its mobilizations against war, the FdCA places the
strongest possible emphasis on the struggle against the dominant classes of any
country; we do not place one people over another, neither do we promote the
emancipation and liberation of any one people (taken to include all its
classes) if this serves to perpetuate the class domination of a new national
bourgeoisie over the usual exploited masses.


Alternativa Libertaria - November 2004
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