Anti-Productivism: A Manifesto

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Translation of June 2015 text by Spanish anti-capitalist group and publication "Revue Argelaga."

"Anti-productivism is a critical reflection and an antagonistic practice born from the conflicts that were caused by [economic] development in the ultimate stage of the capitalist regime. It is an open theory that evaluates the class struggles of the past and incorporates from the old anarchist and socialist traditions the critiques of urbanism, science, technology and progress. At the same time, it is pushed to action by a vague and widespread [diffus] feeling that [otherwise] the future will be a fruitless failure. The programmed obsolescence of humanity can only be stopped by the dismantling of industries and infrastructures, the reestablishment of a demographic balance between town and country, social decentralization and the undoing of government [désétatisation] – actions [thèmes] that the disasters of globalization have placed in the foreground. The revolutionary subject will arise from the confluence between the feeling of irreparable loss that is transmitted by the attacks made by Capital/the State (the system) and the insurrection against an unacceptable fate."

The defeat of the workers movement has caused the isolation of social critique within limited circles of intransigents. The profound changes in the capitalist system and the growth of the State apparatus prevent any movement [ d érive ] towards a class - based organization that is oriented towards revolutionary objectives. Struggles are now oriented towards immediate demands that principally concern the preservation of jobs, while the flame of the gr eat emancipatory objective is bein g blown out by the participatory tempest produced by the opening of political power [ des institutions ] to the so - called workers parties. On the terrain of theory, there’s been a passage from revolutionary proletarian critique to liberal - bourgeois social id eology and, on the terrain of praxis , there’s been a transformation of class struggle into unionized dialogue and electoral disputes. The proletariat hasn’t come out of this unscathed: it has fused with the new middle classes into an amorphous mass that has been won over by the productivist regime. The successive crises caused by the new contradictions produced by globalization have hardly changed the previous situation. Radical minorities stubbornly reproduce a meaningless ideological workerism and cling to old and out - of - date formulae. Individualist, primitivist and ecologist alternatives are hardly more pertinent , because they are simply spare ideologies and not expressions of transformative movements that are based upon a real comprehension of the curr ent historical conditions

The new social regime developed from a fusion of Capital with the State and, consequently, of the economy with unionized labor and politics. Economic growth was the sine qua non condition for the advent of the Welfare State , 2 an objective that replaced “self - management” and “socialism” and, thus, the principal imperative of all party politics. According to the “progressive” mentality of the new leader s , the abundance of commodities and credit, real estate and governmental ser vices – the fruits of a techno - economic “development” that created jobs – would dissolve all social antagonisms and put an end to the era of class struggle. The masses, enclosed within their private lives, would willingly leave all public and wage - related matters in the hands of professional negotiators and would promptly obey the directives transmitted by means of spectacular communication. Consequently, social critique was bound to be against [economic] development, even if it was only to counter the conf ormism produced by this “well being.” Moreover, it also had to be anti - patriarchal, anti - governmental and anti - political.

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