My Resoc Interview
By Dimitris Konstantinou at Oct 25, 2009
1. At a public talk someone asks you, "okay, I understand what
you reject, but I wonder what are you for? What institutions
do you favor that will be better than what we have for the economy,
polity, gender, race, ecology, or whatever you have vision for?
I believe that Direct Democracy is the magic word. Others can call it self-management, but the bottom line is the same: We need to take our lives at our hands. I support personal and social autonomy in Castoriadis terms. And that applies to economy and politics. I can’t be thorough in this interview, but an elaborated Council System as introduced by P. Kropotkin, H. Arendt, K. Castoriadis, Michael Albert and many others is the general idea of what i stand for. As for gender or race, through these councils i would support every institution which is based and promotes the principle that “different doesn’t mean superior or inferior”. Similarly, i would favour that our sustainable relation with the planet is far more important from any kind of “financial growth”. I believe in Ghandi’s words that "the world has enough for everyone's needs but not for everyone's greed." In the same way of thinking i would stand also for self institution of society ethics.
2. Next, someone at the same event asks, "Why do you do what
you do? That is, you are speaking to us, and I know you
write, and maybe you organize, but why do you do it? What do
you think it accomplishes? What is your goal for your coming
year, or for your next ten years?
All i do is the obvious act of advocating what i believe in. I am convinced that my contribution is minor, but it is essential to my internal serenity. When i meet even a single person whose political-personal stance has changed or influenced by my acts i confirm that all this is not in vain. Major changes begin with minor personal contributions. As for my goal for the next years is to bring radical ideas closer to the greek people and to contribute via my participation to any social project that i think it deserves my time and energy.
3. You are at home and you get an email that says a new
organization is trying to form, internationally, federating
national chapters, etc. It asks you to join the effort. Can
you imagine plausible conditions under which you would say,
"yes, I will give my energies to making it happen along with
the rest of you who are already involved?" If so, what are
those conditions? Or - do you think instead that regardless
of the content of the agenda and make up of the
participants, the idea can't be worthy, now, or perhaps ever.
If so, why?
Obviously, i will examine whether my principles are shared, what is the agenda, what is the goal and who are the participants. Everything depends of course on my available time and energy.
4. Do you think efforts to organize movements, projects, and
our own organizations should embody the seeds of the future
in the present? If not, why not? If yes, can you say what, very
roughly, you think some of the implications would be for an
organization you would favor?
Of course our organizations should embody the seeds of the future and they should be based roughly on the principles of question 1.
5. Why did you answer this interview? Why do you think others
did not answer it?
I answered this interview just to make clearer what i stand for and to help you out with the whole project. As for the others, of course i can’t answer for them.