Posted 7 years ago on Sept. 25, 2011, 12:12 p.m. EST by enreflechissant
from Marseille, PACA
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Hello, I'd like to say something that will probably be beneficial to all protest movements in the world. I talk to all the movements, it is because there are a lot of similar situations across the globe. So I would like to begin by the movement "Occupy Wall Street", this movement was launched by an anti-consumerist alternative magazine. This movement, I think, is clearly anti-capitalist as it fights against banks and oligarchies of the economy. I think it's a mistake, it's not the financial masters or the economic system that must be fought in the popular movements. It's first the political leaders, because they allowed this unjust system. Indeed, if people do not revolt despite all the injustices in society, it is because they believe they are living in a democracy, they think they live in a just and necessary political system. And so, the problem is political, first, as the people follow the system in which they are told to believe is fair. In our societies the political and economic systems are closely linked thru: mass corruption and conflicts of interest .
We should not be mistaken. If finance and economics seem to dominate the world today, it is with the permission and assistance of governments over time. Without the approval of the governments' so-called "democracy", it would not happen. Thus, you can't fight solely against banks and finance: people already know banks are not on their side, people know the injustice of our economic system, yet they do not rebel. Because for them it would be inconsistent with our "democracies". Indeed, if the democratic system allows for the economic system, so what legitimacy do we have to fight against global finance, which is somehow authorized by democratic governments.
As you can see, we do not live in a democracy, the people have not the real power (to choose directly) , and this is where we must act. Movements which, moreover, appear clearly anti-capitalist, will remain doomed to marginalization in view of the meaning of "communism" to the extreme majority of people.
We must give the solutions, and not only focus on the problems. One of the solutions Spanish activists have proposed with the emerging movement of "indignados" is real democracy. In delegitimizing our political systems, and creating a real democracy, people can then eliminate capitalism or global finance if they wish.
The Spaniards made other mistakes in the indignados movement, including writing "manifestos" similar to those created by political parties. We must not make propostition on social or economic issues. To bring everyone together, we must focus on criticizing the political system (with all bad consequences that oligarchies create), and we must emergence an alternative: real democracy. Once we live in a democracy, then we can solve all problems through dialogue and transparency.