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(en) Mexico, FAM, Regeneration #13: FAM body (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Wed, 15 May 2024 09:20:35 +0300

Time for scoundrels ---- Black storms shake the air, says the old and combative song of the Spanish anarchists of the last century. Yes, black storms, ominous times dominate the world stage and Mexico is certainly no exception. We live in a time of counterrevolution, the reign of reaction has been enthroned and the right in all its manifestations, even those that have a leftist guise, have become hegemonic. We live in the time of scoundrels.
In many places, the siren song of "charismatic" and authoritarian politicians attracts crowds, people who have chosen to give up freedom in exchange for supposed security. The same in El Salvador, as in Italy, Argentina, Greece or Turkey, countries immersed in a deep economic and social crisis, the right has gained important spaces of power in recent years.
We live in difficult times, marked by genocidal wars, by the brutal violence of organized crime, by plagues, and the impacts of climate change; times where societies alienated by consumerism await the arrival of a leader who will help them emerge safely from this Armageddon, even societies as communitarian as the Mayan towns of Guatemala today lower their flags, and mobilize in defense of a "progressive" candidate for president.
It seems that those revolutionary slogans that declared: "only the people, save the people" rest in the trunk of memories, and that the revolutionary horizon has moved so far away that it has been lost in the distance. The new generations adopt the anti-values of a decadent society, where individualism, lack of commitment and hopelessness predominate, and they assume the fashions designed by AI, and revere the Avengers and Bad Bunny as their new deities.
In Mexico, millions patiently wait for the bimonthly arrival of their pension or welfare scholarship, some to cover their electricity bill, others to pay the bill for their smartphone. Many also survive precarious jobs and exhausting days on public transportation in exchange for 6 and now twelve days of annual vacation, or to experience the pyrrhic triumph of their soccer team, accompanied by loggerheads, of course.
However, in quasi-apocalyptic times, under the aegis of Big Brother, from the catacombs, rumors reach us, small and often isolated, unredeemed movements persist. These are times of resistance, of gaining space day by day from power, of maintaining and gaining autonomy, everywhere and at all times.
Despite the reactionary counteroffensive, the Mayan peoples of Chiapas, the Kurdish, Aymara and Mapuche communities resist; Although with limited demands, union struggles are still alive in North America and Europe, and feminist collectives and the struggles of environmentalists in defense of Mother Earth remain active almost everywhere. And the experiences of community education such as the MAIZ school or the Autonomous Communal University of Oaxaca, the tianguis and markets that promote the popular economy and barter and many cultural and editorial expressions are also resistance and at the same time alternative.
These libertarian experiences suffer the attacks of Power every day, which tries to swallow them, devour them, make them invisible or assimilate them, however, they remain alive. Libertarian ideas, including anarchism, in order to be constructed as alternatives to the decline of the State and Capital, must be linked to social experiences of resistance. Open up and get closer to the daily struggles of people and groups in resistance.
Other times will come, where the fantasies and false hopes offered by politicians are exhausted and power is fractured, cracks will open, where rebellion will emerge with force. As the great Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano wrote: "In dark times, let us be talented enough to learn to fly in the night... In dark times, let us be intelligent enough to be disobedient...

Carlos Beas

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