Many of us agree today that the form of social organization that prevails in most parts of the planet is leading us to crises on all fronts of our lives: disconnecting us from vital and social decision-making, reducing us to a form of currency as a workforce, individualizing and alienating us and destroying all forms of life and resources on Earth.
We think that this destruction, our internal emptiness, and the separation from what we could potentially be is not just the fault of bad rulers or unscrupulous capitalists. It is something inherent to the system’s dynamics, reaching across its institutions and the values of domination that configure it.
Domination is submission exercised through the medium of power. This dominant power manifests itself visibly through the monopoly of physical violence (genocides, assassinations, torture, repression, etc. exercised by repressive forces), and in more accepted ways through other forms of structural violence and social control: wage labor, private property, mass media, advertising, paternalistic social services, etc.
Overall, we can say that domination and the concentration of power are steadily increasing in most places.
Points of Resistance
Domination seeks to undermine human dignity, which is the seed of resistance and motivation for the construction of other worlds. Indigenous and aboriginal peoples in resistance, self-managed social and political movements and collectives in every corner of the world continue their long battle to defend the Earth from exploitation, their cultures from dismantlement and their people from humiliation. In the country as in the city, dignity provides legitimate forms of self-defence for peoples, human values and humanity itself.
Mobilizations multiply where dignity resists: insubordination and disobedience reinforce non-collaboration with the dominant structures (states, institutions and corporations).
These are the points of resistance to assimilation and they stand up in the face of power. These are collective intelligence in a state of motion and creation. These assert the necessity of other worlds which are already starting to become reality.
Towards the Integral Revolution
These points of resistance are also hope. Right now, they show the unwillingness to accept the current barbaric reality. Yet, we have to lament that many transformative efforts are only focused on resistance and are centred on requests for reform.
We think that in order to resist and, above all, overcome the current system, we have to self-construct ourselves as individuals and as collectives; we have to build a new society.
For some decades, and accelerating in recent years due to the systemic crisis that currently prevails, different processes of social self-construction are being born and are gaining strength, as beacons of reality that illuminate hopes for a complete transformation of society.
Some of these initiatives are coordinated with one another, but in general we find that there is substantial disconnection and lack of shared work between different movements and affinity groups. At the same time, we see that often we push aside the work of personal and collective development necessary to achieve the changes that we want. We think that there is work to do to find ourselves a common framework that takes an autonomous and decentralised form, permitting us to row together in a common direction, in an autonomous and decentralized way, and in a way that enables us to build ourselves as well as our capacity to resist.
A vital step in this process of moving forward towards this convergence and common framework is to create meeting spaces to deliberate, reflect and work on the concrete forms that will develop this revolution.
As the Zapatistas have recently expressed, it is the moment of yes, the moment to meet those of us who:
«… answer affirmatively to the question “Could there be another way?” What we lack is a response to the questions that follows this “yes”: How is this other way? This other world? This new society that we imagine, that we want, that we need? What do we need to do? With who?»
They also said that if we have answers to these questions, now is the moment to share them. It is as if we, the promoters of this call, were waiting for this moment. It is right now that the promoters of this call are prepared to facilitate the sharing of answers.
It is for all of these reasons that we have come to write this call, to talk about the answers, to meet together and build an international convergence space; that we have called Bloc for the Integral Revolution.