Greece, Political Framework of the Antiauthoritarian Festival for Direct Democracy, 8-10 September, 2010, Thessalonika
The deep crisis which is imbedded in the society as a whole is not simply an economic one. The economic crisis is just the tip, or better said the visible part, of the iceberg. On its basis appear issues that concern the sum of social and political institutions. —- The traditional components which are expressed through the political party system and and trade-unions controlled by these political parties, are incapable to provide a prospect for escape. There is nothing for negotiation any more, a negotiation that was the basis of the traditional political or syndicalist antagonism in society. The phrase “there is no saliva” – a greek expression which means there is nothing left – used recently by the minister of labour A. Loverdos, put forward a message towards all directions that the negotiational quota is not only blocked but has began the negative count-down.
Into the well that they have sunk us, the way out is not quantitative but qualitative.
The crisis has opened up all issues. From September on, the crisis will become a maelstrom that will sweep along into bankruptcy and meltdown the entire system of domination not only in a narrow sense of economic terms of its financial stamina, but sweeps along the whole structural and ideological edifice which has supported the capitalist concession.
What enters in society with a violent manner is not only its ability to provide an answer but first and foremost the lucidity of the question that has to be posed. We have to redefine our existence in all of the areas of social life that we participate. In land, in the factory, in services, in education. The fundamental questions that are being posed shock their own traditional existence to the core. What, how and for whom? Three dimensions of the qualitative leap which contribute the final outlet from the crisis.
With this questions we will guide ourselves to this year’s Trade International Fair of Thessaloniki.
The argument for horizontal social organisation in which presides the direct democracy is not coming just to add one more critique to the present state of affairs but to abolish them. Never before the direct-democratic aim had such an appeal, not only within the movement itself but also to the primary social actions. The direct-democratic structures are not the question and the solution, but the way that will clarify the question and the way that will seek the solution. In the decadent political party system of parliamentary democracy, the direct-democratic outlet can constitute the modern radical reasoning, as long as we realise that the crisis is not just economical or just political but reaches the deep core of the system itself.
The undertaking to form the bloc for Direct Democracy in this year’s trade international fair of Thessaloniki comes to synthesise all those social powers that perceive the bankruptcy of the traditional as an opening in the horizon of freedom with direct feasible targets.
The disengagement of the public sphere from the state and private interest, as a new matrix of relations unmediated and socially free, gives direct democracy the insurrectional dynamic that corresponds to it. Direct democracy is not an alibi nor a pretext that will fit in the organisational level of a neighbourhood and will stand back in the central political scene of municipality and general elections.
The political proposal of the social emancipation is not a anthology of ideas. It is the reality of Social Antiauthority that is experienced with Direct Democracy in local and social struggles and movements. It is the claim of the free spaces in the neighbourhoods, it is the creation of public assemblies and open and free procedures. It is the occupation of public places abandoned by profitability (or the lack of it), or private spaces that are turned into free public and social ones. Those spaces can be turned into centres of struggle through their multifarious activity so that every action will constitute another relation to the present and yet another proposal to society.
Direct Democracy to the agricultural production is the horizontalization of the relations between producers and consumers which will extend from the field to packaging and distribution. What cultivation and by which way, for whom and for what needs are the direct questions that seek an answer in the direct-democratic organisation of food chain.
This chain includes and unites labour with society. From the agriculture and social control in the factory, the way and the product of production so that the labour and the production will answer to the social needs and not to the profit accumulation.
A chain directly linked with the organisation of society that even though seems to be chaotic, in its extent can be materialised through perceptible and operationally realisible targets that have to do with a neighbourhood, or the networking of neighbourhoods that deal with a municipality, or the networking of public assemblies that deal with a city.
this is from a-infos