Re: The Politics of the Irish Anti-Water Charges Movement
I agree 100% with this.
Originally Posted by Saoirse go Deo
In Bolivia a water "war" led to election of the first indigenous President and a shift to the left. Water was saved for the people.
It would be interesting to see if Morales and co. restricted their policies and actions to water as a single issue - or did they pose it as a question of power, and who controls government ?
The massive movement in Egypt in 2011 was allowed to dissipate literally within a few hours, as there was no coherent demand beyond removing Mubarak, as though that would solve everthing. Immediately Mubarak fell, there was a ripple of employees and workers actions for higher wages - but the left didn't make a turn towards that and got sucked in first to constittutional issues (nothing wrong with that if they had also got involved with the strikes) and then street battles ( a sad waste of lives that they are now commemorating without any critical assessment of where it got them). So parties really do need to know what needs to be done next, oherwise a victory can very quickly turn to dust.
“ We cannot withdraw our cards from the game. Were we as silent and mute as stones, our very passivity would be an act. ”
— Jean-Paul Sartre