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(en) France, UCL AL #330 - Culture, Read: Roumier "Self-management and revolution. Charles Piaget, speeches 1974» (ca, de, it, fr, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Thu, 22 Sep 2022 08:10:11 +0300


Almost fifty years of being involved and writing about LIP! Another book... Yes, that of our comrade Théo Roumier. This time, even if it is sketched in the introduction, the central issue is not to tell the strike, its origins, its contradictions, its self-management character, the disobedience to the established order and sometimes also to the trade union confederations and political parties... It recalls and analyzes the context. ---- " Control today to decide tomorrow ", such was the title of the manifesto adopted by the United Socialist Party (PSU) during its congress in December 1972 ; that sets the scene. It will also be the framework for intense debates within the labor movement of the time: the CFDT is then fully self-managing. But the PSU will not manage to attract him to the Liaison Committee for Socialist Self-management (CLAS), in which the revolutionary Marxists of the Marxist Revolutionary Alliance (AMR) or the Communist Initiative Centers (CIC) will take a strong interest. ), but also members of the Anarchist Revolutionary Organization (ORA), CERES within the PS, ... and CFDT activists.

One of the reasons for the failure of the CLAS is that, at the same time, currents of the Socialist Party and the CFDT confederal leadership were organizing the so-called "Assises du socialisme" operation, with the main focus... the legislative elections of March 1973 and April 1974 presidential elections. Charles Piaget, the majority of the PSU and other political forces refused to bind themselves to the electoral objectives of the Socialist Party. Self-management deserves and requires better!

The work transmitted here was carried out for the Institut Tribune sociale; it therefore revolves around the action of the Unified Socialist Party (PSSU in this period): excerpts from interviews and speeches by Charles Piaget in support. Piaget, the PSU, two essential elements when talking about LIP; the two are linked, but neither can be limited to the other. Allow me here to offer a complement to the production of Théo Roumier: the latest book by Charles Piaget, We manufacture, we sell, we pay ourselves. Lip, 1973 (Syllepsis, 2021). In a format close to the book reviewed here, it is an excellent manual for the revolutionary syndicalist, even if Charles Piaget does not refer to this term.

You will find in the bibliography material to reflect on all these subjects and many others; starting, if possible, with the writings and words of the first and foremost concerned, the strikers of those years.

Théo Roumier extends this moment of social history, with a few reflections that are not unrelated to the subject of a recent issue of the journal Les Utopiques[1]. Without revealing the whole, because you have to buy and read Theo's book, let's say that three elements are very rightly put forward: the difference between reformist strategy and revolutionary strategy, between socialism " from above " and dynamics at the base ; the indispensable autonomous action of the working class; priority to militant practices, to collective direct actions, and not to speeches, to doctrinaire contests. All very current...

Christian (UCL South East Suburb)

Théo Roumier, Self-management and revolution. Charles Piaget, interventions 1974, Les Cahiers de l'ITS, editions of Croquant, 2022, 120 pages, 10 euros.

To validate

[1]" Power, politics, social movement ", Les Utopiques n°19, Syllepse, spring 2022.


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