From:   Snafu <snafu@thething.it>
Sent time:   Monday, October 10, 2011 10:40:53 AM
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Subject:   SPAM-MED: [september17discuss] Fwd: <nettime> message from Chinese activists and academics in support of Occupy Wall Street
 

 

 

[This message deserves a proper formatting.]

 

 

This letter of solidarity, signed over by 50 intellectuals and activists in

China, was posted to Utopia yesterday. Thanks to everyone for the

translation and editing work!

 

http://chinastudygroup.net/2011/10/message-from-chinese-activists-and-

academics-in-support-of-occupy-wall-street/

 

> From the middle of September, a great "Wall Street Revolution" has broken

out in the United States. This street revolution, going by the name of

"Occupy Wall Street," has already expanded to over 70 cities and countries

in North America, Europe, and other areas. In their statement on "The Wall

Street Revolution," the American people have sworn that this demand for "a

democratic country, not a corporate kingdom" mass democratic revolution

must spread to every part of the world, and they will not rest until this

goal is met. From the anti-capitalist demonstrations that began after the

2008 financial crisis, and which this year have spread across Europe, the

Middle East, North Africa and South America, this magnificent global mass

democratic movement has finally spread to the center of capitalism's

financial empire -- Wall Street.

 

The eruption of the "Wall Street Revolution" is an historical indicator

that the popular democratic revolution that will soon sweep the world is

set to begin. It is an especially significant and important event for this

movement. Before this most recent action, street protests had virtually

been exclusively used as a tool by US elite groups to subvert other

countries. Now, however, the "Wall Street Revolution" -- with its goals of

shared prosperity and popular democracy -- has launched protests in the

country that is the self-proclaimed defender of democracy. This will

inevitably strike a hard blow against the US elite group, itself

responsible for the plunder and oppression of people all over the world,

and the group that pushed the world into crisis and instability. The

protests ring the death knell of the rule of capital. Popular democracy

will replace elite democracy in the 21st Century, and the curtain has

lifted on the movement from elite politics to popular politics. Using the

language of the "Wall Street Revolution," this is a struggle of the popular

99% against the corrupt 1%, a struggle of the popular 99% against the elite

1%,and is the final struggle of the popular forces against elite capitalist

rule.

 

The world belongs to all of the people of the world. Countries belong to

the entire people of those countries. Even more so, wealth is produced by

the entire people, and therefore should be shared by the entire people, it

cannot be monopolized by the 1% -- or even less than 1% -- that is made up

of an extremely small number of elites. The demand for common prosperity in

economics, and popular democracy in politics has become an unstoppable

historical trend! The rapid expansion of a fictitious economy and the

massive flow of social wealth has created an amply reliable material

foundation for the realization of the common wealth of all people. The

development of internet technology and political civilization has created

the conditions for human society to make the transition from capitalist

democracy to popular democracy. Human society is fully capable of

transforming, on the foundation of the past democracy of slaveholders, the

democracy of feudal lords, and the democracy of the capitalist class, to

make the fundamental shift from the democracy of the elites to real popular

democracy. Common prosperity and popular democracy will become the main

content of the historical transformation of the 21st Century. No matter how

brutally the American riot police will attempt to suppress the participants

in the Wall Street revolution, no matter how much the global elites --

especially those in the U.S. and China -- try to suppress news of the Wall

Street revolution, they cannot stop the vigorous growth and ultimate

victory of the democratic revolution of the people of the world.

 

The violent repression and virtual blockade of news about the "Wall Street

Revolution" by elite groups led by the US proves that the fate of oppressed

people around the world is the same, regardless of whether they are from

developed or developing countries, whether they are from so-called

democracies or authoritarian countries. The international elite was the

first class to link-up internationally via globalization. Their plunder of

public wealth and repression of popular democratic movements is cruel and

far-reaching, and utterly lacking in freedom and democracy. So-called

freedom and democracy in modern society is nothing more than democracy for

capitalism, an elite democracy. Freedom is another word for the elite to

plunder, oppress and violently suppress others. Popular forces have been

completely excluded from the freedoms and democracy of modern society, and

the extent of democratic rights is to choose between presidential

candidates that have already been vetted by capital. You can vote once

every four years, but you have no way of affecting the people above you who

directly determine your fate: your boss or superior. And there is no way of

constraining the capitalistoligarchs who can take away the wealth of the

majority of the population with the slight of hand of fictitious capital.

Freedom and democracy have become a virtual game, nothing more than a tool

to subvert other countries. Now the popular and democratic world revolution

-- symbolized by the "Wall Street Revolution"- demands an end to this

political game, and that freedom and democracy be returned to the people.

Democracy is not just a check on the president, but a check on government

officials; democracy is not just a check on power, but a check on capital.

If the rights and privileges of feudal and absolute rulers are understood

to be a sin and abomination, then giving those rights to capital is also a

travesty.

 

Securities and computer networks should have been two crucial elements of

our shift from an industrial society to an information society, from a

material economy to a virtual economy, from capitalism to a human-centered

economic system, and from elite politics to popular politics. But the elite

class has turned securities into a tool of appropriation akin to the

'indulgences' issued by middle-age church functionaries in Europe. In the

new securitized economy, all the public's wealth can easily melt into thin

air -- including their houses, wages, labor power and even their hope for

the future. All these things have become the targets of appropriation by a

tiny elite minority. Both the white-collar middle classes in developed

countries -- owners of fictitious property, and the blue-collar workers in

developing countries who cannot afford housing or health care, belong in

point of fact to the same class: modern proletariat. When the people

protest the unprecedented plunder and vast income gap perpetrated by

fictitious capital, they are met with violent repression -- both in so-

called democracy countries that claim to be defenders of human rights such

as the US, and in authoritarian countries that are said to lack freedom and

democracy. Faced with street protests erupting from the Balkans to North

Africa, President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton have repeated over

and over, "The rights of peaceful protest and the occupation of public

space should be respected at all times." Yet when US citizens attempt to

exercise this right they immediately are faced with violent repression by

armed police, and a blockade by the news media. If this is reaction of the

US -- the self-proclaimed leader in human rights -- then we can imagine

what the reaction will be in other capitalist countries. Rule by the

capitalist elite is just as described by the "Wall Street Revolution" --

everywhere. There is nowhere left were we can live and die as people.

 

The eruption of the "Wall Street Revolution" in the heart of the world's

financial empire shows that 99% of the world's people remain exploited and

oppressed -- regardless of whether they are from developed or developing

countries. People throughout the world see their wealth being plundered,

and their rights being taken away. Economic polarization is now a common

threat to all of us. The conflict between popular and elite rule is also

found in all countries. Now, however, the popular democratic revolution

meets repression not just from its own ruling class, but also from the

world elite that has formed through globalization. The "Wall Street

Revolution" has met with repression from US police, but also suffers from a

media blackout organized by the Chinese elite.

 

The same fate, the same pain, the same problems, the same conflict. Faced

with a common enemy in an elite global class that has already linked-up,

the people of the world have only one option: to unite and in a unified and

shared struggle overturn the rule of the capitalist elite, to ensure that

everyone enjoys the basic human rights of work, housing, health care,

education, and a secure old-age. But we must go further if we are to

realize shared prosperity and popular democracy in a new socialist world

historical framework, If we are to fully escape and neutralize the crises

and disasters that capitalism has brought the human race, and realize

harmonious social development.

 

The great "Wall Street Revolution" and the great popular "Chilean Winter"

that preceded it signal that the day when we realize shared prosperity and

popular democracy is approaching. It signals that worldwide popular and

democratic socialist movement -- dormant since the 1970s -- is waking up

again. But this time, it will be the final battle to put capitalism in its

grave. The victory of popular democracy and death of elite rule are

inevitable! The embers of revolt are scattered amongst us all, waiting to

burn with the slightest breeze. The great era of popular democracy, set to

change history, has arrived again!

 

Resolutely support the American people in the "Wall Street Revolution"!

 

Resolutely support all street protests pushing for shared prosperity and

popular demoracy!

 

Long live the "Wall Street Revolution"!

 

Long live the global movement for popular democracy!

 

 

 

 

 

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