A contribution towards a balance sheet of the technicians' strike at Movistar in Spain

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A contribution towards a balance sheet of the technicians' strike at Movistar in Spain
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This article about class struggles  at Movistar in Spain, is so full of ideas and analyses of the difficulties associated with developing class consciousness and solidarity  in the current historical moment of capitalism's decline, that I feel like I want to quote it all!  But here are just  a few points instead. 

The first thing to be noticed says the article is that  there is a reluctance in the working class to break out of its muzzled shyness and stand up with confidence in  itself  on its own feet. There is a temerity with regard to engaging with the wider class outside the individual factory, school, shop of office, perhaps for fear of failure and from lack of practice; and a tendency to hide and take shelter in bourgeoise legality, which Is itself  the very system that helps imprison the class within bourgeois limits and for the  satisfaction of the enemy class.  This is a self-defeating ploy stemming from years of union brow beating and constant enforcement of the idea that workers are incapable of achieving anything on their own, and thus  of necessity need other more professional people to think and do things for them, like asking for more money.

But class conscious workers  don't ask politely for more pay, cap in hand, they demand it and cause difficulties for the capitalist until they get it!  

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There has been and there is still a strong tendency in the struggles, not towards explicitly seeking unification, extension and debate inside the assemblies, but retreating and taking a stand inside the company or the industry until a judicial verdict or a hypothetical favourable agreement has been reached.
 

 

 

 

So why are workers  in general, so cowed and  so timid in the face of bourgeois demands for austerity measures, their imposition of an all-round precarious existence, with no guarantee of any future improvement, and the clawing back by our rulers of Health Care provisions and education? What is it that generates such submission to bourgeois restrictions on our quality of life?  

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These reactions, that lead everyone to be a prisoner in his hole, his sector, his company or his corporation, have several causes. The first is clear, we just raised it: the loss of class identity that fuels a sense of emptiness, not knowing who to contact to seek solidarity, a desire to desperately cling to the imagined protective refuge of the small space and alleged "intimacy" of the company, corporation and "work mates" ...
 

Capitalist society is in its closing stages and has lost its way. It can no more lead society forward to the  brave new world it once presaged, because it has proven itself as bankrupt of progressive ideas as it is bankrupt of offering society an end to war. There is no new world available under capitalism, brave or otherwise, only stultification of the mind, creeping barbarism and environmental degradation. What is to be said about this overall situation today? 

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It bears the stamp of a historical situation that we characterise as that of the decomposition of capitalism, which marks all components of society with a dangerous tendency to dislocation,  to "every man for himself ", to dispersion. As we have said in our Theses on Decomposition: “"every man for himself ", marginalisation, the atomisation of individuals, the destruction of family relationships, the exclusion of older people, the destruction of emotions and their replacement with pornography, commercialised sport and media coverage, mass gatherings of young people in the collective hysteria of song and dance, a sinister substitute for solidarity, with the social ties completely absent. All these manifestations of social putrefaction today, on a scale unknown in history, invade every pore of human society, expressing only one thing: not just the dislocation of bourgeois society, but the annihilation of every principle of collective life within a society that is deprived of any project, from any perspective, even in the short term, even the most illusory"
 

Readers will take from this what engages them most. I notice "the destruction of emotions and their replacement with pornography" also "mass gatherings of young people in the collective hysteria of song and dance".  Others will notice different things. But...

Comrades we have a world to win. Take heart.