Appeal to the European Social Forum in Malme
1. Contemporary protest and antiglobalist movement is in a grip of severe crisis, brought by the lack of strategy that could oppose capitalistic globalization. In Russia, as all over the world, there are three approaches of contemporary social movement that oppose capitalist globalization. Those are: trade-ism, dogmatic Marxism-Leninism, and creative socialism of the 21st century. Trade-ism predominates in contemporary protest movement in the broad sense of the word: focusing on smaller-scale stories, “the real actions” without strategic idea, small victories and defeats within the System. Contemporary trade-ists might have radical views; however they take them out of the brackets in their social work.
2. We fight our small battles for the social, ecologic and civil rights all over the world; however the System of globalization possesses the initiative. The System is the one to choose the location to start yet another attack on the social rights; and the protest movements are thus forced to only stand on the defensive, and only slow down the capitalistic global attack in case of piecemeal gains. They can not stop the attack. They have no concerted strategy, and no concerted conception of the society to be built instead of capitalist globalization. Moreover, most of protest and antiglobalist movements do not have an apprehension of the must of such a substitution. Restitution of welfare guaranteed to some part of Western countries population by the social state of the 20th century is the limit of ambitions of most social movement participants. And this is impossible already; the breakdown of social state is not casual. There are not enough social “pies” for the entire population of the planet.
3. Unfortunately, the Western Social Forums’ documents we are aware of do not propose a society conception that would be able to replace capitalist globalization. Therefore the Social Forums act within the limits of trade-ism that dooms the movement to failure. The need to build consensus between all protest movement participants in terms of limited moderate requirements, and general humanitarian good wishes, are the basic issue for all ideological documents of Social Forums. These documents convert the Movement into a subordinate troop of political army of social-liberals that headquarter in the Socialist International and in the United States Democratic Party. Although these headquarters reinforce capitalist globalization not less then neoconservative forces, the latter find themselves the first and foremost under the fire of criticism by antiglobalists. The world needs the third force that would propose contemporary world order liquidation project instead of “polishing” it towards the global catastrophe. The Third force’s might would be rather intellectual then financial; its strong point would be in its unique aim to propose the project of post-capitalist society of the 21st century.
4. For the movement, the only way to overcome the deadlock is to propose the transformation program to overcome capitalism at least in general terms. For this purpose, the movement should possess the image of the society that would take the place of capitalist world and solve the most severe problems of humanity. It is the socialist society of the 21st century. It can not repeat Marxist-Leninist model that suffered a defeat in USSR (we discord with dogmatic communists on this matter); however Soviet experience should be carefully considered. Synthesis of achievements of Marxist, post-industrial, anarchist, ecological, narodniki’s traditions is what we consider optimal. We offer the following ideas for this collection: revival of the Soviets and communes, building native self-governing society, of the s, socio-ecological guarantees, extrusion of top-down managing structure and of manipulation of indicative and solidarity horizontal communications.
5. We advocate building socialist society, i.e. society with no division on ruling and working classes, with no oppression and exploitation. Such a society may appear as a mode in situ the existing society, it may develop itself on certain territories or exterritorial subcultures and movements. It is important to build the life of this mode on the principles confronting private property and authoritarianism.
6. We understand that it is impossible to convince all protest movement participants in the advantages of such mode. Nevertheless diversified protest movements of the planet need an element with strategic thinking. We believe this element may have its own social background that is the new class of the informational society, so called “Informaliat”. One can observe its evidence in synthesis of the functions of work, creativity, and management that are recently parted. The problem of the social basis of the new post-capitalist society should also be an object of interest of our part of the Movement that can be conditionally called “First Informational”. “The First Informational consolidates communes and Soviets of different countries into pluralistic but united network on the principle of crossed grass roots.
7. We appeal to the followers of creative socialism of the 21st century to intensify the discussion of these problems, building communication and support organization field within a wide movement of protest and antiglobalist initiatives.