More than ever we need: open borders, freedom of movement and a whole different world
Barbarism has reached Europe. No, when we speak of barbarism, we are certainly not referring to the thousands of vulnerable people looking for shelter, who have made it out of the Middle East hell – the global playing field for imperialists of all stripes – and are now at Europe’s gates to the next hell. By barbarism we mean those who are making Europe into hell in the first place. These include the mob of right-wing extremists and “concerned citizens” on Lesbos and in Evros, who go on manhunts and give a damned concrete taste of what fascism looks like. These include their brothers and sisters in faith from all over Europe and the world, in huts or skyscrapers, who tell us that an impossible, bloody journey into the past is the solution to all problems and who, in return, go over mountains of corpses and leave a scorched earth behind. These include Frontex, police, border guards and other disgusting authorities who seemingly rationalize the same project with a devious (neo-)liberal attitude. Last but not least, there is this EU, which has never solved this very situation with its foul Erdogan deal, rather only postponed it for a few years and has been in a stranglehold by the Turkish dictator for years. After all, laws had to be passed, election campaigns had to be won and power had to be secured on the old continent. Congratulations, Europe, at the very latest now you have home-grown barbarism in action and images that many thought impossible.
The demand for open borders, for freedom of movement and finally for a different world – based on the principles of equality, priority of human needs on a global scale, peace, sustainability and ecology – are no longer radical, abstract demands. For a long time they were dismissed, with a benevolent “This is a fine description of the conditions for a utopian world yet far away”. This made it difficult for the people with these demands to have an impact on the breadth and depth of the issue, since the right-wing nightmare of fortress, shooting order, militarization, military build-up and authoritarian escalation against “globalism” was so damned concrete in its murderous intent. The pictures of Lesbos and Evros now make our demands and a world for open borders, freedom of movement and this very different world based on the above mentioned principles as damn concrete as necessary. And you know what? That this is not “radical enough” for some people doesn’t interest us at all. Come on out of your bubble. Because it is right, so damn right, to demand exactly that and to answer the question “Which side are you on” clearly. By the way, the answer is not “a new 2015” and thus the miserable attempt from the left to occupy this historic breach in the dam for right-wing extremists and right-wing populists all over the place. In case you forgot: after 2015, a very short of phase of welcoming and solidarity, came the AfD, came Bolsonaro, came Trump and so on. And they came to stay. The answer is: get your hands dirty in the here and now, break open traditions that are far removed from reality, and off into the turmoil – for the future for all and against barbarism.
So this is a call for action to our friends, those who dont fall in the neutrality trap and choose to pick a side!
Let’s show to all migrants and refugees that they are not alone and practice solidarity , instead of seeing them as the state sees them, instruments in geopolitical games. Let us all organise actions in our cities and put pressure on the EU to open the borders. The start has already been made in the past week, let us continue!
We, as Beyond Europe, will support our friends in the antifascist demonstration on Saturday on Lesbos also and try to make a media coverage of the situation on the island.
CANCEL THE EU-TURKEY-NATO DEAL NOW!
EUROPE OPEN THE FUCKING BORDERS!
NO ONE IS ILLEGAL!
WE HAVE ENOUGH SPACE!
FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT FOR EVERYONE!
Beyond Europe, March 2020
It is never too late to join a movement: We call on all anti-capitalists and anti-authoritarians to participate in the demonstrations, actions and strikes of the 20-27 September. The current climate movement is perhaps one of the best things that could happen to us – against the authoritarian formation everywhere and for a different future for all! Feel free to print and distribute this text, paint a banner with the slogan “Capitalism kills our future” or to reproduce our stickers. You will find the resources under the text.
There must be some kind of way outta here…
Bob Dylan, All along the watchtower
The headlines are flashing. Disaster reports of peat fires in the Arctic, the record speed melting polar ice caps and last but not least the alarming forest fires in the Amazon region, made possible by the racist and pro-capitalist policies of right-wing conservative Bolsonaro. The last example very impressively illustrates the two threats that are currently leading to a double course of events in our time: The planet is being destroyed and the new fascists are pushing for power.
Trump, Bolsonaro and Co. accordingly join the anti-climate alliance, which sees itself as an opposition and thus clearly stands behind the interest of capital. Even if Marie le Pen in her last speech stages herself as a “climate protector” and thus pursues a supposedly new strategy, she is in no way inferior to her male colleagues, “each for himself” is to survive and the blame for any misery is to be found in the other. Whether it is the local bio-bourgeoisie in the metropolis (which is opposed by the simple people of the diesel drivers), the “refugees” who flow to us and destroy our ecological values, or the overpopulation in the global South – whether national climate protection or homeland protection – they are both on one side of the same coin. On the other side is conservative-authoritarian climate denial. The combination of the two serves nothing but the interests of growth and isolation, ultimately capitalist exploitation.
Others anticipated the climate crisis earlier and turned it into a good – not only political – business. This refers to the green liberals who want to tame deregulated capitalism with a green face under the “Green Capitalism” brand. The moderate demands formulated in this context quickly reveal that the sacred principles of the market, hidden behind the “cloak of feasibility”, should not be touched in this process. But the contradiction between profit interest and ecological sustainability is always resolved within the system at the expense of the environment and ultimately mankind.
The climate crisis does not hit “us” all equally hard. Even now people are fleeing not only from war and hunger, but from the next climate catastrophe, in which women, by the way, have a 14 times higher chance of dying, in order to line up in the capitalist centres of the global North behind the marginalised of deindustrialisation. Perfidiously, the industrial nations of the global North – whether right-wing or neoliberal – have caused climate change, but they will be the least affected. An apocalyptic existentialism – i.e. putting the naked survival of the species in the foreground – deliberately overlooks precisely this fact. According to the elite, it should be important that enough people should abstain – or that in the end the “right people” survive in Noah’s Ark. The change of strategy in the right-wing camp indicates that the problem should not be denied, but that an alleged “overpopulation” in the global South is to blame. The latter doesn’t exist because it’s not about how many people live on the planet, but how their needs are met and their coexistence organized.
So what should we do? Buy enough air conditioners for the whole world? Raise protective walls from endangered coastal cities? Or how many billionaires in Silicon Valley dream of emigrating into space? All these solutions will hardly be possible – except for the rich who want to expand their precious life horizon in the short term. The most useful project for a society that wants to survive is another new deal: the social, system-critical and feasible one. In this sense: smash CARpitalism, fight the fascists and show an undead system how to die. And above all, join the wonderful climate movements everywhere!
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