Censura n. 1/2000
[ ] Editorial
After a while we are back
magazine has not been published for a lot of reasons but so many things
happened from the last issue that it would be very difficult to summarize
First of all, due to both the gravity of the present situation and our
history inside the Italian Coordination to support Mumia Abu Jamal, we
must say some words ( and also some pages in the magazine) on the reprisal
of the solidarity campaign.
Once again the defence
of Mumia's life offers the opportunity to think about the experience of
a revolutionary prisoner who is now paying for his tireless will to be
always on the side of revolution as well as on the side of exploited and
oppressed people of the world.
We believe we contributed to make Mumia's figure and history known and
we think it our duty today to put ourselves again on his side to save
him from the USA murderers showing that Mumia is our comrade, part of
our history and, above all, part of our future.
But our decision to start again is not due to the renewed threat to Mumia's
life or to the renewed interest in the solidarity campaign.
We are talking about that as the onset of a new editorial experience.
Although obviously starting from the past experience we bear very clear
in mind the need to provide this new experience with its own objectives
capable of gathering the different ways to criticize the present situation
and creating an independent political space.
We try to give hereinafter
some "editorial reflections" in order to clarify the basis of
our proposal and to start again a discussion and a cooperation outside
the editorial group. This is absolutely necessary to guarantee the magazine
a "non-parasitical" life and also to better clarify togeher
the general interests of the working class and the practices to be adopted
in this particular stage.
The international situation:
Our work has no boundaries.
Indeed we are firmly convinced that the more our effort is capable of
including the contributions coming from all over the world, the more effective
In particular we want to overcome the false conflict between an eurocentric
point of view and a third world-centered point of view through the analysis
of the relationships and the ways counterrevolutionary strategies are
developing on a global level.
Our goal, ambitious yet unavoidable, is to point out not only the connections
between repression/conrol of the working class (more and more precarized)
and economical/political restructuring processes in the imperialist metropolis
but also the connections between restructuring processes in the imperialistic
center and in the periphery (suffering a more and more scientific exploitation)
their ties with the redefinition of economical, political and intelligence
assets on a global scale (for instance oscillations of power balance and
institution of the so-called world government, broadening of NATO to the
East and, even if no known, to the South, international "anti-terrorism"
cooperation protocols, etc).
To point out these connections is not related to the will of producing
theoretical analysis. When starting this work we are aware that any knowledge
clarifying the enemy strategies is a weapon which can and must be used
Most of this work has still to be done...
The experience of most of us when organizing the International Meeting
"Pacification or Liberation" held in Berlin last april showed
us the great interest of groups and organizations all over the world in
the questions connected to repression and revolutionary emprisonment and,
at the same time, it showed us the difficulties of finding suitable tools
to consolidate relationships and cooperation at an international level.
During the meeting as well communication was considerd one of the main
poins. We will try to do our best to follow this direction.
Restructuring and control
First: we will try not to be a mere bullettin of repressive attacks in
Italy and in the world. We think at present this is not enough to produce
collective thoughts and actions.
Resistance to repression is no more conceivable as the only ground for
political reaggregation: the events, in Italy and abroad, after the attacks
against the political organizations and self-organized trade union of
working class clearly show that a "movement against repression"
is not an automatic reaction to that.
The reconstruction of such movement should follow other ways, other forms
and other immediate aims even in response to judiciary and political-military
Nevertheless we know that repressive strategies are the heart of conterrevolution,
that they goveern the various forms of social control and are not only
against the trade unions and political organizations of working class
but against the whole proletariat (for instance restructuring and militarization
of urban territories, new forms of control of the local and migrated working
class, programs for mass detention)
All the forces of imperialistic capital are worldwide engaged in the continuous
attempt at preventing, controling, disengaging and, where necessary, crushing
any form of social and political resistance which could question the logic
of profit or the different balances necessary from time to time to reproduce
and develop the profit.
These strategies are now more and more developing at an international
level involving in different ways millions of women and men all over the
In other words we believe that the NATO bombs on Yugoslavia, the European
repressive projects, the murdering will against Mumia Abu Jamal, the slaughter
in the Turkish jails, the neo-corporativistic trends of institutional
trade-unions in Europe, are to be not only condemned but also reinterpreted
following this point of view in order to be effectively fought against.
Repression and Struggle
We are going to talk again
of the relationships between repression and struggle with "Senza
Censura" because we believe that communication, at least for now,
is the most suitable way to reopen within the working class an independent
political space of debate and criticism.
In fact we think that considering only its own specifical struggle is
not possible to face the repression in a correct and effective way because
most of the times is very difficoult to go beyond the mere defence of
its own specificity when and if it is attacked.
We want to be clear: this is something to do but it is not enough to produce
an effective analysis about repression, control and struggle.
On the other hand there are, at least in Italy, groups engaged in defining
projects and following a path that, at this stage, are going to reproduce
sectarian point of view of political self-representation , more or less
opportunistic, also about issues as repression and imperialism instead
of trying to reopen a common and general debate.
For that we have chosen to establish an editorial staff with the aim to
start in all seriousness and with a method the task of "Senza Censura"
trying to reconnect the thousands of threads of the resistence of the
oppressed people against the brutality of the imperialist monster.
For sure communication is important and our aim is to communicate pointing
out the connection between repression and sruggle believing that the analysis
of the repressive processes is necessary to individuate effective strategies
of struggle and liberation.
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