We want to change the system by replicating how the system works. Or at least we say we want to change the system. It would be interesting to do a study of the political language of the left that calls itself transforming, radical or progressive. A language that aims to transcend but in practice replicates what we already know. In social networks there are so many revolutionaries that it is surprising that a revolution has not already broken out. The sidereal distance that exists between speech and practice leads to loss of credibility, disenchantment and resignation. There comes a time that in this liberal democracy anyone is voted as long as they represent something similar to what we want.
We want to change the system but we are not able to imagine any other type of relationships and organization other than the capitalist ones. The idea of changing the system goes through the choices that, far from transcending, imprison us in the same cage from which we aspire to escape. The system wants to vote because it allows current conditions to replicate over and over again. Where he feels most uncomfortable is in the field of experience. That is to say, there where forms of relationship and organization different from those established are set in motion. In the Spanish State, we have the example with the Anarchist Federation of Gran Canaria and the Union of Tenants of Gran Canariathat have achieved that more than 1000 families can have their home, organizing themselves in a horizontal, assembly and self-managed way. One of its members, Ruymán Rodríguez, faces a trial in the coming daysin which they ask him for one year and six months in prison and a 770 euro fine for, supposedly, having kicked a Civil Guard. These transformative experiences are silenced not only in the media but also among left groups, more focused on discourse and political demands. The media publicity given to the case of Pablo Hasél is significant, probably because it serves to deepen the prejudices about the left. The multiple demonstrations in solidarity contested by the police forces have served to criminalize and stigmatize the left that they call extreme and, by extension, the left in general. Meanwhile, the case of Ruyman R. remains silent because an experience is exposed that shows society what it can do.
We want to change the system by relying on the same recipes that have been shown to be useless. We turn the same from before into the same from now. All generations have pinned their hopes on one person or a small group of people, who have been given supernatural abilities and knowledge. All have experienced similar processes although the new generations perceive that what they are experiencing is new and original. They believe they live unique historical events. Confidence in a leader is a teaching of the system. We have learned from a young age that we need a person to guide and teach us. Ultimately, it is a process of personal devaluation that affects the collective in such a way that we distrust what we can achieve together based on distrust in our own capacities. The force of thought and collective action is very powerful, so neutralizing them becomes a necessity for minority groups that hold decision-making power. The paradox is that these groups work collectively to defend their interests. The logic learned leads us to choose people and parties that solve the failures of the system and in the event that they are not successful, we will look for others to replace them, constantly repeating the process. Building spaces for decision and action by society is a direct threat to the power of minority groups, so the neutralization of these spaces and the exaltation of leaders becomes a survival necessity for the system. This learned logic is also assumed by the groups on the left and its practical application is accompanied by the denial of the change they claim to defend. The possibility of change lies outside the known political structures. Persisting in the same instruments that have failed is the biggest predictor that nothing will change.
We want to change the system but we say it with a small mouth. It is not going to be true. We look to the future and the ties of the present assail us. We have too many words and we lack practice, thought and collective action. We have too many avant-gardes and we lack community. We have plenty of realism and we lack courage and revolutionary imagination. Recreate the impossible in our mind to make it possible.