“Is it about time to abandon any timidity and intellectual subalternity to crack ideas”
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How shall we best support the trade union initiative for an international action on 29th of September. A discussion has emerged in the ESF Prague Spring II network were two alternatives for a call have been put forward. Ordering TETRACYCLINE online, The decision is to merge the two. There are some problems in merging the two proposals. Both are relevant and address the crisis and what to do to go forward, TETRACYCLINE FOR SALE. But partly they are contradictory. Both also at least in their will to promote solutions address social and ecological concerns, get TETRACYCLINE. Both are also of interest for the future of ESF. The original proposal was written by Matyas Benyik (Attac Hungary) and Tord Björk (EU Committee - Friends of the Earth Sweden) commissioned by the Skype chat meeting. TETRACYCLINE FOR SALE, In the following text I will call this proposal the first proposal. TETRACYCLINE alternatives, The added call was written by Elisabeth Gauthier (Transform. European network), Frédéric Viale (Group Europe - Attac France), Louis Weber (Espaces Marx - France), TETRACYCLINE description. It was issued in April 2010 originally for other purposes. In the following text I will call this the French text.
It is seldom there is a chance to discuss the general strategy of how different movements in Europe best can unite their efforts against the crisis. A general political discussion on strategic differences in the way we see the future of ESF is at times also missing, TETRACYCLINE FOR SALE. Cheap TETRACYCLINE, As both issues now are put on the agenda a discussion on the differences between the two texts on how to solve the crisis might be of wider interest. This is why I send my critical remarks to a broader ESF constituency.
The starting point for the discussion in the Prague Spring II network was the general part of the Assembly of Social Movements statement in Istanbul:
Act together in Europe against the crisis
In the context of a global crisis and faced with the EU, the governments and the IMF offensive to impose austerity and social regression policies, the social movements which have gathered in the ESF in Istanbul issue a call to act together in Europe, canada, mexico, india. Mobilisations and resistance movements are developing across Europe to challenge these policies. It is urgent to build, Online buying TETRACYCLINE hcl, on the long term, a convergent struggle in Europe, which brings together social movements, trade unions, TETRACYCLINE samples, associations, organisations, Buy TETRACYCLINE online no prescription, and citizen networks. TETRACYCLINE FOR SALE, This is why we issue a call for a first step on the way to developing mobilisation across Europe, on the 29th of September and the surrounding days. We must impose alternative policies, which enable us to fulfil social needs and ecological requirements. Read more at: http://www.aktivism.info/socialforumjourney/?p=1680
The first proposal for a call made by Benyik and Björk was titled Call to Action against the Crisis, TETRACYCLINE treatment. You find the text at the bottom of this blog post.
The added French text was titled The peoples or the Financial markets. The governments and the E.U, TETRACYCLINE FOR SALE. TETRACYCLINE reviews, must choose. It was issued in April and you can find it on the Transform. Website. http://www.transform-network.net/en/home/articles/display-articles/article//European-Appeal-The-Peoples-or-the-financial-markets-The-EU-and-the-governments-must-choose.html
Politically there are some differences:
The first proposal is confronting the ETUC 29 September call for ”growth” by claiming that we instead should “stopping the rich from accumulating a larger and larger part of the wealth in society”, TETRACYCLINE cost. The main call of the French text to merge with is a call against the banks: “It is time the governments of the European Union stopped the plundering of their population by the banks!”.
TETRACYCLINE FOR SALE, The main political focus in the first proposal is on uniting all social movements across all of Europe. Whether this is local, national, TETRACYCLINE from mexico, within EU or in all of Europe simultanously on Iceland and in Turkey, outside EU or in countries inside EU they are equally important. The political focus in the French text is criticizing leadership and safeguarding EU as an institution: ”The attitude of the principal political leaders renewing the legitimacy of the Stability Pact … and of the Lisbon strategy is totally irresponsible and endangers the very existance of the euro and the E.U.” The struggle should focus on EU policies and the alternative is presented as supporting “A ’nationalisation’ of problems” which ”can only give more weight to nationalist trends, to Right wing, populist and extremist forces already present in Europe and to splits between North and South, what is TETRACYCLINE, East and West of the continent.” This ideology giving countries and movements in Europe outside EU the only role of being subaltern to the struggle within EU because this is the only way to avoid split between East and West in Europe is a political contradiction.
It is of course not fair to compare the two texts without acknowledging that they have been written under different conditions and for different purposes. The first proposal had to be only one page long, Buy no prescription TETRACYCLINE online, the French text focus upon one policy field and is valuable on its own merits for this purpose. But both contain also overlapping more general analysis and proposals which can be compared as done above. Both are addressing the crisis in the same region in the world and use some common language.
Concerning the crisis the first propsal is addressing the multidimensional crisis, ” The whole world has been hit by a severe financial, japan, craiglist, ebay, overseas, paypal, economic and ecological crisis.” The second proposal is addressing ”the crisis” but in practice this is described as a crisis of the financial markets. Both see neoliberalims as the cause of the crisis, while the second focus upon the concept financialized capitalism.
The solution in the French text is EU policies to control the banks and the financial markets, TETRACYCLINE FOR SALE. ” The governments must break with the principle “The State assumes the debts, Buy TETRACYCLINE without prescription, the people tighten their belts and the profits go to the financial sector”. It must be possible to find solutions with other principles and logics.” Included is also a more detailed list how EU can control the European bank etc. The solution in the first proposal is to unite peoples movements in struggling for ”creating jobs and serving common needs”. And more specifically: ”Solutions can be found by simultanously addressing the social and environmental needs, TETRACYCLINE long term. TETRACYCLINE FOR SALE, We should elaborate constructive programs for a transition of our societies towards social and environmental justice protecting and develop our commons.” The first proposal thus has more focus on constructive solutions and integrating social and ecological concerns. It calls for confronting the accumulation of wealth among the rich rather than calling for new EU policies. I also calls for struggles beyond the market and the state by safeguarding and develop commons, TETRACYCLINE brand name, which can be both public services which are protected at the municipal or national level but also be organized outside state control and market mechanisms. The French text has elaborated EU policy proposals but when it comes to finding other solutions it ends with a mere vague statement that it must be possible to find them.
In relationship with the ETUC 29th of September call for jobs and growth the call for EU policies to control the banks is complementary. Neither the ETUC call nor the French text calling for Bank control is putting the core of the present system in question neither in form or content. The ETUC call for mass actions on a Wednesday is a contradiction and an offence against the people suffering all over Europe in the hands of those in power, TETRACYCLINE FOR SALE. A work day is not a day for united mass protest, where can i find TETRACYCLINE online. The ideological content is even worse. To call for growth is to legitimize the present ruling order and shows a total lack of interest in addressing the causes of the crisis by acknowledging the social conflict instead of postponing the issue of power struggle between capital owners and wage earners into a future and replacing this conflict with false promises for growth. TETRACYCLINE wiki, The bank control statement is focused upon creating a new EU leadership by getting people to address the problems of a specific kind of capitalism, so called financialized captialism, as if financialized capitalism can be separated from capitalism. TETRACYCLINE FOR SALE, The role of the masses is equally diffuse as in the ETUC call. This state-centric policy appeal works very well as a marginal addition to the ETUC call without questioning the core of this appeal in any way.
The first proposal is confronting the basis of the ETUC call by replacing the call for growth with a call for action against the rich accumulating ever growing larger part of wealth, online buy TETRACYCLINE without a prescription. This is a class struggle issue rather than EU policy struggle. It can be carried out on many levels, TETRACYCLINE coupon, both social and political, local, national and international or translocal/transnational. The first proposal also differs radically from both the ETUC call and the French text in its way of addressing the ecological issue, TETRACYCLINE from canadian pharmacy. The ETUC call is a simple attack on the growing environmental concerns that puts social justice and questioning of the present development model whether it is capitalistic or planned economy focusing on economic growth, TETRACYCLINE FOR SALE. Instead of building an alliance with global peoples movements now confronting the present system and demanding constructive programs to solve the social and environmental crisis like trade unions in the South and a few in the North, Via Campesina, TETRACYCLINE mg, Friends of the Earth and the climate justice movement ETUC choice is the devastating social partnership ideology more and more turned into religion which is a threat against wage earner interests in Europe and against the future of our planet.
The first proposal is coherently addressing both social and ecological concerns in its analysis of the crisis and the negative effects of present politics and in putting forward solutions. Rather than a specific growth or degrowth ideology there is a call for united constructive efforts by peoples movements linking evironmental and social justice concerns. This is directly in opposition to the growth oriented solution presented by ETUC and also the way the French text address the environmental issue. In the Bank control text the environmental crisis is not part of the causes of the problems but comes in as something the states have lost the ability to address as ” they have restored the power of the financial markets by abandoning the idea of regulating them”, buy cheap TETRACYCLINE no rx. TETRACYCLINE FOR SALE, This have blocked the possibility of ”developing socially and ecologically useful forms of production, research and services”. The direction here is the same as in the first proposal but the cause is not lack of uniting social interests but to get the EU states to regulate the banks again as before. One wonders how in the first place it comes that the states deregulated the banks.
More of a problem is the ideology presented as solution to the environmental cirisis in the French text: ”The E.U. TETRACYCLINE australia, uk, us, usa, and its member states must act in a united manner at continental and planet-wide levels in favour of a new kind of ecologically sustainable development.” This is a an appraisal of the ideology behind the global neoliberal ideology which was launched at the United Nation Conference on Environment and development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. The definition of sustainbale development by the Brundtland report that underpinned the Rio conference and have had a hegemonical position ever since in the sustainable development policy discussions is that sustainable devlopment is achieved through two ways. The first is sustainable growth, TETRACYCLINE FOR SALE. The second is to acknowledge that everyone have caused environmental problems and that we now all together have to solve them. This ideology became the basis for a global NGO system and dismantling of mass movements focused on conflicts whether in class struggles or class alliances against the exploiters in ecological struggles, purchase TETRACYCLINE online. This NGO system focused on win-win solutions and so called stake holder dialogues became a model not only for environmental issues but also social with a brake through at the Social summit in Copenhagen 1995. The ETUC social partnership ideology is one of the roots of this model and shares the growth ideology avoiding addressing social conflicts here and now with the sustainable development concept. TETRACYCLINE FOR SALE, There has been some confusion regarding the sustaionable development concept as many NGOs preferred to quote a less specific and more meaningless definition promoted by the Brundtland Commission as this defintion made it possible for many to avoid the conflictual and social side of the environmental crisis. TETRACYCLINE from canada, But today the concept is mainly used by organisations as EU, corporations and main stream NGOs without a democratic or active membership to claim a false image of being ecologically conscious. Todays envrionmental movement talks about just transition as at ESF in Istanbul or sustainable societies, not sustainable development, effects of TETRACYCLINE. It is a pity that the sustainable development concept is put into a text that for the rest has many better qualities and is more up to date.
There are a number of good specific policy proposals in the French text. But how they could be integrated in a call from the ESF Prague Spring II network call with the condition set that the text should not be more than one page is not easy to see. Under all circumstances is there no possibility of merging the two texts on some principle that they are equally important, TETRACYCLINE FOR SALE. Purchase TETRACYCLINE online no prescription, On the main strategic issues they are contradictory and it is necessary to make a poliical choice.
These contradictions can hopefully be solved in an open manner. They are to a large extent contradictions that have followed the ESF process from the start. The lack of integrating the ecological and rural dimensions has been a weakness and is here once more explicit. Another is between acting simultainously at local, taking TETRACYCLINE, national or European level in a political similar direction but not necessarily promoting the same policy and the EU policy orientation. TETRACYCLINE FOR SALE, This has shown itself in a conflict between on the one side many Central and Eastern European as well as Nordic movements in the marginal and movements in the EU core states. The hegemonic position of the movements in the EU core states has been challenged by the growing concern for an All European ESF process expressed by the establishment of an All-European mobilization committee and the ESF Prague Spring II network established at a meeting in Prague in March 2010 titled Right wing extremism in a time of social and environmental crisis.
It might be no coincidence that contradictions at the core of the ESF process is brought to the forefront by the efforts of the very small and yet broad and different constituency of mainly those in the periphery of the political concerns of the hithertho dominating ESF forces. TETRACYCLINE recreational, Whether the contradictions can be solved we will see. But it is hard to see that the ESF process can be fruitful in the future without integrating on equal level the ecological and social concerns.
It is clear that the first proposal is ecclectic and lacks a strong support from a well organized movement as well as institutions. Eccleticism is at times a weakness of those lacking resources. The second can fall back on a well formulated parliamentary vision of politics, TETRACYCLINE FOR SALE. The first proposal is going beyond this parliamentary limitation and can even be seen a class struggle oriented as well as confronting the whole present development model including attempting at uniting all movements instead of fragmenting them into separate policy fields, TETRACYCLINE pics. While the French text is explicitly reformistic the first proposal is focusing on uniting struggles going beyond the division not only on issues but also in reformist and revolutionary divisions. As the tradition within the left is to split these to strategies there is little support from the vested interest in left wing groups to allow for going beyond this division or even recognize that it can exist such a possbility, TETRACYCLINE price, at least when it is put forward outside the context of established left wing organisations and academic discourse. So the possibility to have some influence with a text like the first proposal is limited. TETRACYCLINE FOR SALE, ETUC and parliamentarian left wing EU policy strategies have some more at least financial backing. The future will tell what way ESF and the peoples movements in Europe will follow.
CALL TO ACTION IN EUROPE
AGAINST THE CRISES
We call upon all social movements in Europe to unite against the crisis and participate in the international day of action on 29th of September initiated by the European Trade Union Confederation. Only together can we achieve the necessary solutions to the social and environmental crisis. We say yes to solutions creating jobs and serving common needs paid by stopping the rich from accumulating a larger and larger part of the wealth in society.
The whole world has been hit by a severe financial, economic and ecological crisis. Globally is the region most severly hit Central and Eastern Europe. But all over Europe from Latvia to Iceland, Russia to Romania and Greece to Spain we can see social and ecological problems growing and we are sure that the worst of them are still to come, TETRACYCLINE FOR SALE. Today’s crises are systemic ones driven by the neoliberal ideology that have sold out long-term investment, jobs, wages, the environment and the general well-being of the planet and its people for the benefit of a few.
The representatives of the social movements of Europe gathered in Istanbul between 1st and 4th July 2010 explored the effects of these crises on the lives of people. They came to the conclusion that the EU and the IMF with the complicity of the governments impose austerity and social regression policies, which cause serious social degradation and make people fall into poverty. The global crises are spilling over into our lives, threatening jobs, savings, pensions and public services and environmental protection everywhere!
To challenge these policies it is an urgent need to build an European wide struggle, which brings together social movements, workers, peasants, women, youth, environmental and others organized in associations, trade unions or networks of different kinds. Solutions can be found by simultanously addressing the social and envrionmental needs. We should elaborate constructive programs for a transition of our societies towards social and environmental justice protecting and develop our commons.
We call upon all peoples movements in Europe to act against the crises and struggle for solutions that give jobs and make the rich pay. What we need is a massive mobilisation across all of Europe on the 29th of September 2010.
16th August, 2010.Prague Spring II Network.
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