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Partido X chats with Occupy Wall Street: Revolutionary Innovation Happening Now in Spain!

Posted 9 months ago on Feb. 13, 2014, 8:53 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: Partido X

As European parliamentary elections approach in May, a revolutionary citizen network in Spain is emerging to challenge the business as usual approach to electoral politics.

Under the banner of the Partido X: a Citizen Network, a new project conceived around the 15M constellation, the people are putting together a new structure for political participation that seeks to channel the 99%’s thirst for meaningful action, while at the same time undermining the corrosive grip traditional political parties have had in Spain over the last decades.

The idea is simple: create tools and methods for active citizen participation in the drafting of a party platform and the selection of candidates, that if elected must abide by the decisions of the network. “We want to open new ways for some of the victories the citizen movements have achieved to materialize, because the political parties in Spain are totally ignoring the population” says 15M veteran and Partido X organizer Miguel Aguilera.

Partido X combines a variety of emerging practices from around the world—like Brazilian participatory budgeting, wiki-constitutions in Iceland, citizen driven public transparency efforts in Sweden, Denmark or Finland, or regular use of referendums in Switzerland. Partido X is also creating new methods like the “Federation of Competences” an organizing principle that proposes mechanisms to implement effective distributed democratic participation in large-scale organizations. They are radically redrawing our expectations of how a political party ought to look like.

The Federation of Competences is an attempt to overcome some the limitations of both vertical and horizontal decision making structures. For example, the program of the Partido X is developed through crowd-sourced drafting of public policy proposals, where we invite groups or experts that are already working on a given issue and are socially recognized for it to submit the first draft of a policy proposal and later we post it online for the network to amend. This way we combine expert knowledge about an issue with open and transparent participation.” According to Aguilera so far they have approved three platform proposals using this method, and each go around has proven more successful than the past “our first proposal Democracy, Full Stop took several weeks to pass though the correction and amendments process, since then we’ve passed an Economic Plan and an Emergency Plan to confront the crisis, both have evolved in much smoother fashion.” More than 2,000 people have participated so far in the amend processes, and as the platform grows so do their numbers: around 25,000 are registered in their newsletter, which is the first step to collaborate in the network.

Partido X candidates are also selected differently “we create open lists of candidates, the only requirements are you not be affiliated with an existing political party and not be convicted of corruption or criminal charges. Candidates are then submitted to test-run events where the network can judge their competence.” When pressed on whether the reliance on candidates would jeopardized the democratic structure of the network, Aguilera suggest “we think of Partido X candidates as though they were public avatars for the network. By establishing radical transparency and new methods of participation, candidates will be constantly held responsible, not just until the next election cycle. We already have empty politicians, the difference is they respond to the interest of the corrupt and powerful.” What the Partido X Citizen Network is trying to do isn’t completely new, some established political parties have been experimenting with some of these methods, but it does represent the first incursion into electoral politics on the part of one of the diffuse network movements that sprung up during the global uprisings of 2011: “we took great pains from not trying to profit at the expense of the 15M and other citizen movements, and create to some extent our own identity and network infrastructures. But we are definitely tapping into the spirit of empowerment that 15M created.

Currently the Partido X is going on tour throughout Spain, spreading the word and gauging whether to run European Parliament candidates for the elections in late May. The tour has become a powerful organizing tool, since it encourages cities that want to host a Partido X event to develop the crowdfunding campaign, promote it through local social networks and take care of the logistics, thus creating autonomous nodes for the Partido X across the country.

“These next european elections promise to be interesting. Even though our approach is different from the 5 Star Movement in Italy, what we are seeing is the growing momentum of a network driven opposition to the big financial interests thats have eroded democracy in Europe. The hope would be that if we start winning elections more parties will begin to adopt this approach.

Miguel Aguilera is part of a large group of organizers some meeting through 15M and others attracted by the opening of a new front in the electoral arena, either in squares or online, and are spread all across the country. They have been working tirelessly over the past two years to assemble a workable alternative to the domination of the party system “we have been primarily focused on trying to set up a workable, scalable structure, which continues to evolve as the network grows. Soon we will have to focus on how to win elections.”

Many of the tools from different citizen movements will be re-purposed to garner support: everything from live streaming, to creative actions. But what members of the Partido X network are truly banking on is that:

“People are fed up. They are fed up with the political parties, they are fed up economic policies that serve the rich. They're fed up with not having a voice. It’s time for the people to beat the Party System at their own game,” says Partido X.

This article was written by Pablo Benson and published by Occupy Wall Street.

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[-] 3 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 9 months ago

This should be on the front page

[-] 3 points by bullfrogma (448) 9 months ago

Taking over the media and Hollywood, boobie trapped politics, now hijacking the internet. The people who are organizing this position of power are franticly sealing the deal on eliminating free speech because that's our only weapon against them.

They don’t want independent communities and free education; they want capitalism and mass distribution. They want to control the information and indoctrinate us into their view of reality, conditioning people into a slave machine that supports their own, greed driven authority.

Stop the madness. Unite. Consolidate your efforts into a laser that can preform surgery. This is a crime against humanity and we have got to stop them. With impending climate change who knows what's too late. Please, I'm begging you.

[-] 2 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 9 months ago

control the information

I don't think that mass communication will ultimately be controlled

It is by nature projected, relayed and divergent

[-] 2 points by bullfrogma (448) 9 months ago

regarding the mass, it already has been.

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[-] 1 points by DHFabian (3) 9 months ago

Disagree, as the two parties have worked amazing well together to enact the agenda that has brought us to this point.

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[-] 0 points by nonbourgeois (30) 9 months ago

"People are fed up. They are fed up with the political parties, they are fed up [with] economic policies that serve the rich. They're fed up with not having a voice. It's time for people to beat the Party System at their own game," says Partido X.

Our country is more ready for a third political party than it has been in a very long time. Look at the approval ratings of Congress and the President. "Culture awakening" though is another matter admittedly, and it is not as far along as as most of us would like. But with the emergence of a new party that has an appeal to a broad swath of our people who can clearly see the huge inadequacies of our current system, well that development in itself will further that 'awakening.'

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[-] 2 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 9 months ago

the feudal system

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[-] 2 points by nonbourgeois (30) 9 months ago

A lot has transpired since Nader ran for President, and as we both know, most of it has not been good. The growth of discontent in this country which is not being covered in the MSM can fuel the evolution of a third viable party that specifically addresses most people's concerns. The time is right.

The exploitation of people which is part of Capitalism went unoticed by most of us in the white middle-class, but for the more vulnerable in our World...people of color, poor people and people in far-off lands their bleeding was omnipresent. 'We' are now feeling what they have felt for a long time as an emboldened and a more deleterious form of Capitalism now besets on us.

"Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone." - John Maynard Keynes

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[-] 0 points by nonbourgeois (30) 9 months ago

The first step is always the hardest. The people of Seattle took a chance as did the people of your home-state of Vermont. So too must the people of this country.

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[-] 1 points by nonbourgeois (30) 9 months ago

The DIFFERENCE!! Bernie and Ms Sawant are not members of the corrupted two parties, hence they tell it like it is. They are as likely to lambaste Democrats as they are Republicans. By choice, neither of them are adept at playing the game that ensures our stagnation.

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[-] 0 points by nonbourgeois (30) 9 months ago

Yes of course I agree with the fact that Bernie is "adept" at his job of being a true people's rep... And I have nothing but respect for him and Ms Sawant for telling it like it is especially when those truths do not conform to what the corrupt status quo perpetuates.

Without wanting to get into a semantecs duel with you, I would not attribute the word, "sophistication" so much to Bernie's "decision making process" in regards to his "criticisms of the current administration." Rather words and phrases like 'empathy for the people's plight,' 'honesty,' and especially the word 'courageous' come to mind when he takes on any of the other politicians who answer to the corrupt status quo.

As much as I love and respect both Sanders and Sawant, Occupy has accomplished far more in it's short existence than all the courageous politicians combined working within the system. It's just they have their job, and we in Occupy have our jobs and not having like MO's is advantageous, not a detriment in this Revolution for a more just World. In any event, it should not necessarily be our aim to emulate each other's methods of operation, but rather supporting each other, as is happening now!

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[-] 1 points by nonbourgeois (30) 9 months ago

When people get nasty with me as YOU have done, I do not listen to their arguments. I would suggest that you spend less time on here and more time in confronting your personal issues.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 9 months ago

if you don't have a job for me, please stay on topic

[-] 0 points by nonbourgeois (30) 9 months ago

You mean this thread is about a job for you?

[-] 2 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 9 months ago

it's a personal issue

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[-] 1 points by nonbourgeois (30) 9 months ago

I hope that you find it as "entertaining" as I find it amusing how anyone who disagrees with you is labeled as being "ignoran[t]." It has not gone unnoticed by me what good company I have both here in the Virtual and out there in the Real World. It should kinda make you wunder 'ol learned one.

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[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 9 months ago

humans relate through stories, ideas and symbols

abstract ideas serves as a method for pattern recognition

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[-] 2 points by Herberius (4) from Santa Anita, JAL 9 months ago

Very interesting project... building a new society that truly reflects how an intelligent civilization should look like would need a creative and effective way to govern itself in a truly representative way.

[-] -1 points by DHFabian (3) 9 months ago

Who would have representation? The proverbial "masses," the poor and middle class, were deeply pitted against each other. The jobless poor have been "disappeared" from liberal media since the 1990s. What would an "intelligent society" do about those who can't work, due to health or circumstances, and those for whom there simply are no jobs?

[-] 1 points by GentleOne (5) 9 months ago

Could it not be possible that the coherent construction of a revolutionary convention would place the situation in a sensible context? Any honest comprehensive depiction of the oppression, inequality, unfairness and the rigidity of the status quo leads already to a clear understanding of the situation. Some able entity needs to begin to start to put flesh upon the bones already visible of the necessary curative solution. Once that task is defined, apart from the protest process, the next phase will come to life. Formal protest has been proven beatable by the elite. All that's required now is a public definition of the People's next step. This has been obvious, but remains so, and becomes more so every day.

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