Saturday, February 5, 2011

Our country is the whole world

by Massimo Varengo
Self-government, municipalism, federalism, libertarianism, are no longer exclusive assets of a residual motion, but themes of reflection for a possible political action.
It is open from some time the search for effective responses to the dramatic increasing of the social question characterized by a massive economic crisis as well as by a series of regional conflicts, ethnic, religious, in profound conjunction with the emergence of the political attack on the standard of living, income, health, the popular classes and the redefinition of the system of world domination. To the left looking for some recipes in a humanitarian outdated liberalism out any possibility, other studies to revive the role of national governments to ensure a renewed pact between capital and labor. But the centralization of decision-making processes, the circulation of huge masses of capital, the disruption of national economies, the reduction in the powers of individual states, the sheer size of the current financial crisis does not make these options credible. Not by chance is in the mature content of anarchism today that the most lively, most critical of the society is seeking, consciously or unconsciously, materials for building the possible future.
Self-government, municipal, federal, libertarianism, are no longer the exclusive patrimony of a residual motion, but themes of reflection for possible political action. And in that anarchists, while a minority, they prove to be, internationally, living part of a cultural, political and social battle, which is measured with existing problems to develop workable solutions that can open new spaces of freedom and new conditions of equality. Important signs of recovery activities and incisiveness are given virtually anywhere in the world, from the anti-neoliberal and anti-capitalist protests at the summits of the major world leaders up to the demonstrations against the raging current of the disastrous effects of the crisis on classes popular.
From Seattle to Athens the black and red thread runs continuously, passing through Russia, where the criminalization and punishment does not prevent the anarchists to continue to work hard against the growing racism and Nazism, in Mexico, where in Chiapas and Oaxaca are experiencing major initiatives of popular self-government and more generally throughout Latin America where an increasing number of initiatives developed in virtually every country, even in Cuba where there are important signs of recovery. And even in Europe, despite the complexity and the scattering of the movement, the anarchist and anarcho-syndicalist, there were significant numbers of events, both theoretical and practical, in social movements. Other important signs of development from Turkey, Senegal, South Africa, Indonesia, from the joint Israeli-Palestinian struggle against the Wall. The time is ripe for a specific task, taking into account the richness and particularity of each individual situation, is able to compare, in mutual recognition, paths and options that have common roots and purpose, for a joint and collective