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It has begun! This is class war!

Statement about the current transnational revolts by the comrades of Vamos Hacia la Vida from so-called Chile.

Originally published by Vamos Hacia la Vida. Translated by Enough 14.

The current worldwide cycle of revolts, which began in 2018-19 with the ‘yellow vests’ in France, is not without some good news. Even though the context of the coronavirus and the resulting state repression had managed to reduce the massiveness and intensity of the proletarian street attacks, it is precisely these same oppressive conditions that are now reactivating the sources of conflict: the first hunger revolts are breaking out both in our territory and in other Latin American countries, unemployment is becoming unbearable around the world and the capitalist utopia of the market balance is crumbling in front of us all. The state shows that it is unable to respond to the pandemic’s emergencies and to the most basic human needs. Capitalist irrationality wastes human energy to such an extent that it prefers to maintain a “new normality” in mid-stream, losing thousands and thousands of jobs in this maneuver, rather than assuming the inefficiency of the free market, of supply and demand, and of the logic of abstract labor. The images that reach us from “Greater America”, the land of freedom and opportunity, only confirm this point. The revolt, characteristic in this period, with more and more violence, positioned itself in the center of capitalist domination in the West, occupied the streets and threw itself organically against the symbols of its domination: just as it happened here in Chile, banks, stores and police stations succumbed to the raging proletarian energy, unfolding the human community that does not consider races or ethnic groups or subcultures and rises up as one against the old world; the proletarian youth that refuses to be domesticated.

Why are we shortening this cycle to the last two years? We could understand it as part of the same process the Greek revolt, the Arab spring or the riots that shook this and other countries in 2010-2011, and these are probably a fundamental precedent, but even so the virulent expansion that we saw with great surprise a few months ago in our territory with massive battles and direct actions throughout most of the regions of this country, marks a qualitative leap that we must acknowledge. Revolts that spread out for months and spread to different cities, that result in different types of organizations and that effectively destabilize capitalist normality. For us, with its limits and weaknesses typical of its era, it is a global embryonic revolutionary process, such as the one that was called “Second Proletarian Assault on Class Society” (1968-1977).

If we see in the current wave of revolts as the beginning of a revolutionary process, it is not merely because of the number of shops looted, nor does it mean that we do not understand it as a phenomenon full of historical ties; this process, of which we are a part, expresses a multiplicity of lessons for our class that no readings of the previous revolutionary processes, however attentive, will be able to compensate for, and we have seen how this has crystallized into an offensive rearticulation of the proletarian movement. We have always related this to the rise of class organizations that have transcended the revolt itself and that, for example, today in our territory are carrying out direct work in the communities [1]; to the will of the proletarian power that has mobilized these organizations and to the dialogue of revolutionary contents within them.

We insist again: we are aware of the countless limits of this whole process, but we will not sit back and deny a reality that explodes in our faces and we will always work for its strengthening. On the other hand, it has been the same reaction since the counter-revolution, and how disrupted the facts have been since then, that has confirmed this question for us, because when we talk about a present revolution we are not necessarily talking about an automatic development of the communist content, although we would like to, but about a real process where the old forms of domination are disrupted and collapsed, and which positions us in a decisive moment, where we accept the brutality of the future that the bourgeoisie is projecting, or throw ourselves into the uncertainty of transforming history, with the urgency that this implies.

The revolt in the United States represents a milestone that only confirms what we have stated. If the growing tension in the lives of all the proletarians over the last two decades only made one wonder when this would explode, the phenomenon of the coronavirus seems to have accelerated this condition, and explosively demonstrated to the U.S. proletariat the power it now possesses, just like in Chile it suddenly appeared after a time of supposedly rising “fascism”. We cannot fail to identify with the American revolt because we understand in our bones what it means that a simple fact can unleash revolutionary power. On the other hand, although incapable of consolidating in the new scenario, the proletariat in Chile has not yet been defeated, and its revolutionary minorities continue their associative course regardless of whether they find the way to convene themselves as they did in October, and that gives us the certainty that it is only a matter of time; the level of tensions in the Middle East are also common knowledge, and we are currently seeing that the omnipotent and warmongering threats of gringo imperialism do not correspond either in its imperialist attempt, or in its own internal order. Although we know that capitalism is worldwide and that the fall of some empires will benefit others, we understand this behaviour as the final signs of a sick system.

We recognize the limits of riots and of the ritual form of confrontation with the police; the idealization of the insurrectionary “gesture” is something that the revolutionary movement in this territory has fought against for decades, but we are able to understand the paradigm shift between a partial riot – of one or two days, merely demanding – with a revolt when it begins to affect the national economy and the bourgeois community over weeks; we must be able to identify and understand the practical and theoretical limits of the current unfolding international proletarian struggles, but without ceasing to appreciate the massive social divorce and actions against bourgeois normality. During the first and still small revolts in our territory that begin to re-emerge, and also in the case of the unrest in the USA, it is the conscious link between the class organs, the assemblies and/or direct forms of organization that may be created, with the offensive in the streets that will determine the near future of the revolution [2]. The power of the proletarians is not manifested in the spectacularly inflammatory photographs, but in their capacity to influence and integrate community forms of life that are gaining ground in the capitalist and state separation, in finishing, corroding and destroying a historical lie that is already falling apart, unable to throw itself a lifeline.

Vamos Hacia la Vida, so-called Chile, June 8, 2020


[1] Mainly in the city of Santiago – but also in the regions – where there are about 6,200,000 people, both the Territorial Assemblies and various grassroots social organizations based in towns and popular neighborhoods have done crucial work in feeding thousands of families in the midst of a context of total quarantine, with an official unemployment figure that officially reaches 15% – but we know that it is much higher – about 500. 000 jobs have been suspended without payment of wages (“Employment Protection Law”) and with 30% of the informal workforce unable to go out on the streets to earn money. The proliferation of collective pots, collective supply networks, consumer cooperatives, and self-organization through mutual support and class solidarity, in various places coordinated territorially in “Cordons”, have been a fundamental pillar in resisting this onslaught by capital.

[2] In the case of the incipient revolt in the USA, above all in view of the generalization of the plundering and the opportunism by the official media in their task of dividing the proletariat between good and bad demonstrators, as it was orchestrated in Chile, it will be a transversal social pact of the Party of Order that will allow to appease the current movement. On the other hand, it will be the assembly and direct organization of the class that will be able to counteract it.

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