OUR INSTITUTIONS AND PROFESSIONAL POLITICS ARE SERVING A PREDATORY, DEVASTATING ECONOMY THAT NO LONGER FULFILLS ANY OF ITS PROMISES.
Poverty and inequality are soaring, biodiversity is collapsing, climate change is transforming into chaos… Despite this avalanche of observations, nothing seems to foreshadow a stop to this crazy race. Worse, we continue to accelerate as we head towards a wall, because at the same time, the oppressive sequence of Emmanuel Macron’s policies is chilling.
The strengthening of the surveillance arsenal (with a law named “sécurité globale” aka “global security”) and the ongoing support for an increasingly violent police are a threat to our freedoms. We aspire to a free and just society, but it is towards control and totalitarianism that this system tends if nothing is done to hinder its progress.
Faced with this, we think it is urgent to act to change our way of deciding collectively.
THE DEMOCRACY WE WANT IS A LIBERATING ACT IN THE FACE OF A CORRUPT ELITE, WHICH OPERATES ONLY IN ITS OWN INTEREST.
A true democracy is also the only effective way to take the necessary decisions against the ecological and social collapse we are witnessing. When citizens’ groups tackle problems with thoughtful democratic processes we immediately see examples of the people’s ability to make decisions that are more just, ecological and rational than professional politicians. We obviously have in mind the example of the Citizens’ Convention for the Climate (Convention Citoyenne pour le Climat), whose conclusions were swept away by the government because they were deemed too restrictive for the economy.
Deciding on the economy, and not letting the economy decide for us is the issue. In short, stop the domination of our political system – and therefore of our lives – by the hegemonic capitalist system, and on the contrary re-instate the economy within democracy. We draw inspiration from the long tradition of communes, commons, councils and revolutionary assemblies which contributed to a definition of radical democracy «from below». We want popular assemblies, and de-professionalization of political activity.
To carry out this process of re-appropriation of our power and to try to build a common front around this node that derails our demands, we launched the campaign “Democratie Sans Filtre” (Democracy unfiltered). Although it emerges from XR, it is destined to go far beyond the framework of a single movement.
Under the name “Democratie Sans Filtre” several people’s assemblies have already been initiated : on May 8 in Valence (South of France), on May 30 in Saclay (a French equivalent of Silicon Valley), and on June 12 and 13 in Paris. Because we want to show in action the political forms that we want to see happen and to bring out these issues that are “invisible” in public debate, we launch on June 9 a major occupation action to open – literally open to the public – a democratic space. If the occupation lasts, we will experiment different forms of people’s assemblies on the topics that we will deem priority to deal with collectively.
Cet article est une traduction de “Pour une révolution démocratique” publié ici : https://extinctionrebellion.fr/blog/2021/05/05/pour-une-revolution-democratique.html