7. 'Socialism or Barbarism': The centrality of self-emancipation
Introductory remarks More than ever “Socialism or barbary” to-day. But a) pb. of language and content - taking in account past experience and failures, opacity of notions, updating past debates ; b) strategical stake - behind the notion of "transitional method" (or program) : how to fight within/against the capitalist world order ?
I- Back on “Socialism” and “communism” : what do we mean ? Lessons from the past and present struggles ; updating notions and debates.
II- What “transitional strategy” to-day ? At what level ? What fundamental demands ?
B_- QUESTIONS FOR GROUPS A) In the recent international context and that of your country (or regional environment), can the words "socialism", "communism" be used by anti-capitalist currents? Or what other words do you use to evoke a non-capitalist future? )
B) Give examples in your own country / region of concrete issues (private and /or public debt, health, care...- and behind them inequalities) before and/or since the Covid19, which could permit to raise "transitional demands" - with anti-capitalist, eco-socialist dynamics based on self-organisation, with social and political dimensions.
Catherine Samary : http://csmaray.fr
I) Michael Lowy, Transition, ecological and social planning https://socialistproject.ca/2020/04/ecological-social-planning-transition/
II) CADTM For a unite front against the payment of public and private illegitimate debts https://www.cadtm.org/For-a-united-front-against-the-payment-of-public-and-private-illegitimate-debts
III- Via Campesina. Environmental & social justice
a) Site = Who We ARE ? What are we fighting for ? What are we fighting against
b) The right to food sovereignty. 16 October 2020
c) #Nov25: Peasants in the Struggle for our Rights, against the Virus of Capital and Patriarchy!