Hi comrades! I have read the text of the ICC (https://en.internationalism.org/content/16637/massive-demonstrations-hig...), watched a few videos and read some information on the internet on this issue. There is a real indignation within the working class and other isolated layers of society for the lack of perspective that capitalism gives on the most fundamental foundations of society: its relation with the rest of nature. Each generation that is born has a more terrible perspective on its living conditions while nature is being sacked by the capital accumulation competition process, threatening the planet with reaching irreversible limits. The protest has started clearly avoiding the traps of “we are too much people on the earth”, “we consume too much individually”, and has focused correctly on a systemic failure although with not much clarity about what is exactly wrong with the system or which system are we talking about. It has been massive, it extended in space and in time -which are both important for the spontaneity and solidarity of the working class to take place- and opened the way of open discussion.
However, according to what I could see, it seems that there is quite a lack of clear working class composition, and as a consequence a lack of working class perspective. It is not (yet?) as in May 68 when in solidarity after student protests the working class could give an organizational and future perspective to the movement.
The danger of the state penetrating in the direction of the movement, and its resultant institutionalization is clear from the beginning. In some countries where it is “extending” I have doubts if it is a genuine extension or a trap.
The feminist mobilization has perhaps contributed to dilute the “change the system” perspective into an intersectional struggle which deviates the indignation into “changing within the system using the system”. 8M day was on Friday. But at the beginning the climate protests were on Thursdays. Now it has become Fridays4Future. I don´t really know if this is relevant but it is at least something strange.
The bourgeoisie is trying to make it a dead movement which just gets mobilized in front of parliaments and making photos with hashtags. It is trying to use certain figures as leaders to be followed in a democratic perspective -not only public institutional figures-, and it is trying to make it a “child and childish strike” that “gives adults a lesson”.
A global strike has been called for the 15th of March, the same date as the Indignados 2011 movement started in Spain. I think that it is necessary to understand if it still has certain working class potential perspective of “we can´t solve the problem with the system that created it” or, on the other hand, it has become a mobilization completely jailed on a democratic perspective. It is important to evaluate this for our organized intervention.
I hope that this intervention contributes to the discussion.