The supreme resort to rebellion
Susana Tamaro says that “being reborn again is not something that only concerns herb threads, bulbs, the lymph that runs through the most abandoned branches. Being born again concerns our hearts too: to be available to rebuild ourselves in a different order means to build a time and a place on which to realize hope.”
But we, social volunteers, understand that another world is possible. The actual one, reined by a generalized savage neoliberalism and the dictatorship of the markets that spread their nets to a planetary scale presents itself to us charged with threats: The freedom of money circulation, fiscal paradises and the transaction volume explosion drag governments towards a race to win the big investors’ favor. In the name of “progress”, almost two trillion dollars come and go in the search for quick profit, at the margins of productive economy. The ease with which the people responsible for biggest financial scandals that have ruined entire nations act is shameful. Their leaders were presented to the citizenship as examples of triumph to where neoliberal policies lead, imposed by a uniform way of thinking: bankers, businesspeople, journalists and even religious leaders have shown their most muddy and spoiled face.
Financial globalization aggravates the lack of equilibrium and social insecurity, and reduces the opinions of communities by limiting the controls that correspond to their representative institutions and to the majority of the states, who are responsible for defending common good. Such controls are substituted by speculative logistics that only express the interest of transnational enterprises in the market economy, who aspire to build a kind of global financial government.
Citizens see how the power of deciding their own destinies is being challenged for the benefit of a transformation presented as something inevitable. That’s how sentiments of impotence sprout in front of a non-stop inequality in the planet’s different zones, in the face of the growing deterioration of the rights and social conquests that were achieved along the 20th Century, as well as by the advance of individualist and xenophobic attitudes that lack solidarity.
But against the fatalism founded by the own leaders of that “government of the supranational money,” alternatives filled with hope emerge to impel us so that we retake hope by overcoming the anguishing wait.
Humanity’s destiny depends on the dictates of some non-democratic economic institutions (IMF, the World Bank, OECD and WTO) that try to control the world as representatives of financial power. States succumb to their decision with little resistance between the main parties, given that these parties try to deserve the trust for that capital to reach power and find themselves to be accompanied in such complicity by the media, who behave as the spokespeople of globalization politics.
The consequences of globalized financial speculation translate themselves to a constant risk for the social conditions of all human beings; While misery grows in developing countries, in about twenty rich Northern countries, the welfare state is being dismantled with a general cut on sanity, education and the other basic services of social well being; unemployment grows along with the precarious conditions at the workplace and new exclusion and poverty sacks emerge.
But booming movements of global resistance emerge to wake the conscience of citizenship in front of the complicity of governors so that they act in accordance with ethics, liberty and social justice.
These social movements are being proposed: to put a stop to the excessive financial speculation in the international arena, to punish the opacity offered today for any kind of business for fiscal paradises, to impede that the speculative mechanism of the Retirement Benefit Funds becomes generalized, to promote the transparency of external investment in the booming countries, to establish a legal frame for credit and financial operations with the object of not allowing citizens to be penalized and forced to go in their search, to support the claim of the abolition of accumulated external debt for the most impoverished countries and that the use of their resources is liberated to favor the local communities with an authentic development.
Citizen mobilization is proposed as a social denouncement within the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which reaffirms the legitimacy of the “supreme resort to rebel against oppression,” since citizenship has the right as much as the duty today to exercise its resistance against the market dictatorship.
Noam Chomsky declared that the new millennium has commenced with two monstrous crimes: the terrorist attacks of September 11 and the response to them, which has taken a far larger death toll of innocent victims. Along with other respected thinkers, he denounces the new world disorder that masks a hegemony that results from fear of the unknown, satanized in the abstraction of terrorism without worrying about analyzing its causes. Pierre Bourdieu reminded us that the fatalism of economic laws masks globalization politics that pretend to take away the political power from the citizens’ legitimate representatives.
From there the need to build a social movement that is capable of gathering the different movements to efficiently overcome the dominating dictatorship so as to coordinate the actions that should mold into a net capable of associating individuals and groups in a way that nobody can dominate the rest and that they keep all the resources linked to diversity of experiences, of points of view and of programs.
Carlos Gª Fajardo
Translated by Carlos Miguélez
This article was published in the Center of Collaborations for Solidarity (CCS) on 04/11/2005