[Pga_europe_process] Presentaton text for alternatives to capitalism

javier javier at spc.org
Tue Jun 15 15:37:59 CEST 2004


Global movement : Are we a mouvement ? what next ? Going out of the
ghetto ? : skrati[AT]yahoo.com / javier[AT]spc.org 
> 

sorry for delay, i just sent nina a draft, can we give a realistic
deadline in the next few days? we cannot copypaste on our text as we
almost have to list different issues, anything beyond that would be a
bit vanguardist.

ciao, javi

On Tue, 2004-06-15 at 13:56, Andrej Grubacic wrote:
>  
> Nevertheless : the 15th of june was the deadline to send presentation
> texts for the various main political issues of the conference. 
>  
> Gender issues: breakingthesilence[AT]gendertrouble.org 
> Migrations: migrativeart[AT]skynet.be 
> Working conditions, class, workers and non-workers struggles, labor
> society (that's not the final name for this issues but just words to
> define what we want to talk about): migrativeart[AT]skynet.be + Stella
> and Dimitris from eurodusnie but I don't have their email adresses 
> Critics of industrial society, sustainable technologies:
> nicolu[AT]chutelibre.org (but he's going to find another contact
> inside the sans-titre network.) 
> Critics of European integration, Balkan situation, nationalism:
> migrativeart[AT]skynet.be 
> Alternatives to capitalism: zapata[AT]sezampro.yu 
> Militarisation of politics, wars, imperialism and social control:
> bozavine[AT]yahoo.co / javier[AT]spc.org 
> Global movement : Are we a mouvement ? what next ? Going out of the
> ghetto ? : skrati[AT]yahoo.com / javier[AT]spc.org 
> 
> 
>                        Alternatives to capitalism  
> 
> "[Capitalism] is not a success. It is not intelligent, it is not
> beautiful, it is not just, it is not virtuous—and it doesn’t deliver
> the goods. In short, we dislike it, and we are beginning to despise
> it. But when we wonder what to put in its place, we are extremely
> perplexed."  
> John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946)
>  
> The question of alternatives is more than an academic question before
> which we stand 
> "extremely perplexed": it is the question about the kind of world we
> want to live in.
> 
> But what is capitalism? In our view, capitalism is a system which
> employs private ownership and markets. It remunerates property, power,
> and output, and, as a result, has produced some of the widest
> disparities of income and wealth in human history. The division of
> labor within capitalism is hierarchical. At its most oppressive, there
> is the cut-throat capitalism of "robber barons" with gigantic,
> unrestrained corporate power dominating all social choices and
> options. This is neoliberal vision of "total capitalism" we live in
> today. 
>  
> But every form of capitalism has intrinsic tendencies of private
> ownership of means of production, hierarchical corporate divisions of
> labor, and competitive markets, violating solidarity, diversity,
> equity, and self-management.
>  
> Is there any alternative to capitalism? We believe that there are
> many. 
>  
> Anarcho-communism, anarcho-syndicalism, guild socialism, fair trade,
> radical redefinition of work, participatory economics, grassroots
> ecomonics, solidarity economy, living economy,
> cooperatives, LETSystems.... 
>  
>  
> The first cycle of the new global uprising—  ridiculously labeled as
> "the anti-globalization movement"—began with the autonomous
> municipalities of Chiapas and came to a head with the asambleas
> barreales of Buenos Aires, and cities throughout Argentina. Beginning
> with the Zapatistas' rejection of the idea of seizing power and their
> attempt instead to create a model of democratic self-organization to
> inspire the rest of Mexico; their initiation of an international
> network (People's Global Action, or PGA) which then put out the calls
> for days of action against the WTO and IMF ; and finally, the collapse
> of the Argentine economy, and the overwhelming popular uprising which,
> again, rejected the very idea that one could find a solution by
> replacing one set of politicians with another. The slogan of the
> Argentine movement was, from the start, "que se vayan todas". Instead
> of a new government they created a vast network of alternative
> institutions, starting with popular assemblies to govern each urban
> neighborhood (the only limitation on participation is that one cannot
> be employed by a political party), hundreds of occupied,
> worker-managed factories, a complex system of "barter" and newfangled
> alternative currency system to keep them in operation—in short, an
> endless variation on the theme of alternatives to capitalism and
> variation on the theme of direct democracy. This is why all the
> condescending remarks about the movement with no coherent ideology
> completely missed the mark. The diversity was a function of the
> decentralized form of organization, and this organization was the
> movement's "ideology" and the movements "alternative". 
>  
> Indeed, many leftist from traditional block have difficulty
> understanding the global movement, and network-form of this movement,
> taken to be a symptom of strength by anticapitalist activists. Same
> goes for the concept and practice of self organization, horizontality,
> direct democracy, of the exercise of dual power. All this leads to
> many  alternative visions  that go beyond capitalism. The historical
> importance of the new anticapitalist part of the global movement  is
> that the question of alternatives not be separated from the
> organisational forms of the movement.  The crucial question then
> becomes: up to what point is it possible today to conceive
> alternatives that reflect our organisational practices, our
> horizontality and networks? In other words, organisational forms of
> the movement are of primary importance: as alternatives that
> constitutes new forms of cooperation beyond the capitalist market.
>  
>  
> Miroslav Ilic, Grand collective, ex/post Yugoslavia
>  
> 
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