“COMMUNISATION”: mène à tout, même au gouvernement (à condition d’y entrer)

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e donne ci-dessous le début d’un texte en anglais — copié sur le blogue Dialectical delinquents — à propos du destin glorieux d’un ancien (ou toujours actuel?) partisan de la «communisation», Manousos Manousakis, collaborateur de la revue Sic sous le pseudonyme Woland, aujourd’hui heureux occupant d’un strapontin dans le gouvernement grec.

S’il est vain de prétendre apprécier une théorie d’après les mouvements de veste d’un (seul) de ses concepteurs, il est plus intéressant d’observer comment les dits mouvements sont analysés par ses anciens amis. Ou pas.

Intéressant aussi de voir quel lien dialectique les partisan(e)s de la «communisation» imaginent, ici à partir de la seule annonce de deux réunions, entre le mouvement social réel et le gouvernement dans lequel se rend utile leur ancien corédacteur.

Pour celles et ceux que la langue anglaise rebute, on trouvera — en commentaire de l’annonce de ces deux débats récents sur la «communisation» — une traduction rapide des principaux passages du texte. Le lien est donné dans l’extrait ci-dessous, je l’indique ici pour plus de commodité.

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Woland, an ex-member of Blaumachen and Sic, after having spent some  odd years devising odd theories about the “era of riots” and the rise of the new revolutionary (non-)subject, has now found something more profitable to do: discarding his nom de guerre he has become Syriza’s Secretary General of the Ministry of Economy, Infrastructure, Maritime Affairs and Tourism, Director of the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank and Alternate Governor of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, under his real name Manousos Manousakis. And all this movement of de-communisation in just over a year.

One of this ex-communiser’s many duties is to find the right government policy proportion of commons to privatizations, workers’ rights to capitalist investments.The fact that he is also vice president of the two-thirds privatised Greece Telecom as well as the guy Syriza has put in charge of Telecommunications is already becoming a bit of a scandal in Greece’s mainstream media – “a conflict of interests” as the pretension to State neutrality phrases it. But – it seems – it’s neither a scandal nor a “conflict of interests” amongst the ultra-lefthargic communisers of Sic and Blaumachen, whose silence on this subject is as deafening as the sound of a leaf falling during the explosion of a nuclear bomb.

There is also something else which is of importance here. Many of the SYRIZA’s high-profile cadres, who have been appointed as General Secretaries or senior councilors in ministries, used to be active participants in the social movements. As such, not only do they have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the movement and its practices, but they could also make use of their direct (or indirect) communication channels: from the mere acquisition of inside-information to the deployment of the (necessary) means of mediation even further inside the anti-authoritarian milieu and the movement in general. To give just one example, the traditional clientelist system is still being reproduced by partially integrating counter-cultural, counter-political and other informal social networks.

This weekend just gone (11th & 12th April) 2 meetings on the new Syriza government organised by Theorie Communisteone in Lyon, the other in Marseille, were presented by Blaumachen. The announcement, in French, mentions nothing of their (presumably ex-) comrade, Commissar Woland, who has been the main theoretician of Blaumachen for almost 10 years. He has been a member of Sic and many of his articles have been published in this journal. In Greece, no members of Blaumachen or Sic have publicly criticized  comrade Woland for his political choice to become a capitalist state functionary (in fact, a high rank state functionary involved in privatizations and capital investment plans). It is important to note that all members of these two groups knew about his political relationships with Syriza over the last few years. Silence is mouldy.  Doubtless some have had their private doubts: how could this guy be a significant part of our scene and yet now be a member of the ruling class – and so quickly?! But, in this milieu, dominated as it is by the experts in “theory”, people not so versed in this intellectual expertise are so scared of finding themselves alone, of being accused of being wrong if they dare speak their mind, that they feel safer shutting up, as if such a fear didn’t indicate how alone they already were, despite being surrounded by a lot of strangers parading as “comrades”. And they expect others to dare make a revolution!?!

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