The end of the Progressive Cycle? Or a process that goes through Revolutionary Waves? Part 3/3

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By:  Álvaro García Linera / Source: Cuba Debate / The Dawn News / June 27, 2017


This is the third part of a three part article. You can read the first part here and the second here.
This is a summarized version. Read the full article on its original language here.

Post neoliberalism: the insuperable horizon of this time  

These are harsh, interesting and demanding times for the revolutionary people. The rightist reactionary forces want to retake the political initiative and, in some places, they achieved it by taking advantage of our weaknesses. What will happen? Where are we? What has the future prepared for us?

We should be scared nor be pessimistic about the future, before the battles that are coming. When Marx was analyzing the revolutionary process, in 188, he always talked about revolution as a process through waves, never continuous or in permanent offensive.

The past and actual realities show that the subordinate classes are organizing their historical initiative through temporalities, through waves: they ascend for a while, then, comes a temporal setback, to them assume, once again, great historic initiatives. Just like that, once and again, until the course of history  and of the collective necessities found the satisfaction channel for that unhappiness and social creativity.

Then, the first wave of social overflow, like the one we lived on the past 10 years, is being followed by a temporal withdrawal. But sooner than later there will be a second wave, that will advance even farther and will be even deeper that the previous one, and to the a third will come, even better.

I dare to think that we are at the end of the first wave and that we are living a setback which will last for months or years. We do not know it precisely. However, it is clear that since we are before a process, that has not depleted its potential nor solved the deepest causes that caused its initial manifestation, we will have a second wave that will try to be the scenery of the resolution for the several and historical demands and needs that allowed the burst of the first wave and that have not been accomplished yet.

So, we must prepare ourselves for the battles in this scenery of temporal withdrawal, open the debate of the things that went wrong in the first wave, in what did it fail, where were errors committed and what lacked to immediately amend this weaknesses and commit in the name of theses processes so that when the second wave arrives we can get much farther and way better than with the previous one.  

Criticism and self criticism must be revolutionary, we must not lay blames and we must accept the responsibilities that everyone has with the faith we build for ourselves. This is the typical procedure of the impotent and alien left, which witnessed from a balcony the deployment of the revolutionary processes and that now, from the same -financed- balcony, is impotently rambling about what others should have done.

This serve absolutly no purpose! Self criticism is practical, it serves the immediate action, because the setback moment requires practical actions of resistance, reorganizations and the search of new initiatives by popular sectors.

This second continental wave may go farther because it will have some bases that will not yield; it will have a firm Cuba, Bolivia, Venezuela and Ecuador, that will let them advance towards the rest of continent and beyond their territorial extension.

These are difficult times, but for the revolutionaries difficult times are common currency; that is from what we live and feed, from difficult times. Don’t we come from below? Aren’t we the tortured and marginalized of the neoliberal times?

The continent’s golden decade was not a gift. The struggle from below, from the syndicates, universities, neighbourhoods and from indigenous communities were the reasons that made possible this revolutionary cycle. This first wave did not just fall from the sky.

And in our bodies we have the scars and wounds of the 70s, 80s and 90s. And if today we must provisionally and temporarily step back to those fights, let it be. For that a revolutionary lives, to assume the experience, to retake what has been done before and to improve what shall be built in the future.

To fight, win, fall, loose and rise; to fight again, win, fall and rise again. That is our destiny, until our lives are over.

Something we have in favour is that historical time is on our side. They, the reactionary forces -as said by Emir Sader-, do not have any alternative, they are not the carriers of an overcoming project which opposes to the one carried on by the revolutionary and progressive processes. The right simply nests on its mistakes, grudges and envies of the past. They are the restaurateurs of the failed and decadent neoliberalism. We already know what they did with the continent once they ruled (in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador): they destroyed our countries and converted them to miserable and dependant countries, choked in collective shame.

This recycled right, that late neoliberalism does not represent the future. They are like zombies that move and walk while punching history.

Post Neoliberalism is our future and our hope. What the progressive and revolutionary governments have done in the last 10 years, by granting more social rights and constructing the sovereignty of the countries, is more that what has been done in the last century. The restauring right has that against: it is the past. Instead, historical time is in favour of the revolution.

But here is where we want to be really careful and learn about what was lived on the 80s and 90s, when everything plotted against the revolutionary forces: knowing how to accumulate force; understanding that when we throw ourselves to battle and this battle is lost, the force goes to the enemy potentiating them and weakening us; realizing that when a fight must be given we have to calculate it appropriately; knowing when to obtain legitimacy and explain it to the people; knowing when to reconquer hope, support, sensibility and the emotive spirit of the people for every new fight we face; understanding that we have to enter again the minuscule and magnanimus fights of ideas, the mass media, the newspapers, the pamphlets, the colleges, the schools, the syndicates; that we surely might have to reconstruct the new common sense of hope, of post neoliberalism. Ideas, organization and mobilization.

We do not know how long will this battle last, but we must be prepared in the case it lasts one, two, three, four or even more years. When we had to resist the neoliberal times from the trench, 40 years passed. However, in those times, the right presented itself as the wearer of change, while today it is the past. Nowadays, the left is the herald of change.

It is a good time, when there is fight it is always a good time, be it on government administration or in opposition. The continent is on the move, and sooner or later there will no longer be only 8 or 10 countries celebrating this great Continental International of democracy, justice and equality for the revolutionary and progressive peoples, there will be 20, 30 or even more! It is just a matter of time.


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