Alicante: an open assembly of workers in struggle

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Alicante: an open assembly of workers in struggle
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Fred
The comrades in Alicante see

The comrades in Alicante see all of us workers faced with an unprecedented crisis and call for a response in the form locally of a general assembly to talk about what to do, in the face of people asking "what can we do?" The comrades say: " We believe that it is possible to try and mobilise ourselves and a good number of our comrades; and with a large movement we could face up to the attacks that we are suffering. We understand that this appears illusory and utopian, but we think that it is illusory and utopian to think that something or someone, other than ourselves is going to “save” us."

The point needs reiterating: it is illusory and utopian to think that anyone, other than ourselves, is going to save us! This applies to workers all over the world. Capitalism's "society" (cf Mrs.Thatcher "there is no society!") is now so desperately breaking down, that the UK's PM - who acknowledges that somethings wrong with it, but doesn't know what (lol) - is reduced to asking the Christian church for help in re-establishing traditional values. "Love your neighbor as yourself" perhaps? But given the force of "austerity" everywhere, it's getting difficult to love anyone anywhere, including one self!

And *democracy* won't save us either. Not unless it's the new kind of as yet "unofficial" democracy advocated by the comrades in Alicante. Mass meetings open to all, and general assemblies such as appeared early on in the Occupy movements, but tended to become polluted as bourgeois democratic forms took over, crushing all thought and stifling ideas.

In Internationalism's recent article "The Occupy Movement...Hampered by Illusions in Democracy" it says that new generations of
workers are emerging but that they have little experience of struggle, politics, or how to organize themselves. What they do have Internationalism says, is "an almost precognitive desire to come together with others and feel the experience of active solidarity and community made real..." It's this precognitive desire, this intuition of something better available
somewhere, of something missing in the bourgeois horror show, that can counteract feelings of communism (as yet unnamed for them) as something utopian, illusory or out of reach.