My Resoc Interview
By Xavier Dias at Nov 06, 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?
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?
I am a political activist, I find fulfilment if being so, done it for 35 yrs and hope I can continue enjoying this privileged
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?
The idea is certainly worthy but since I already belong to a mass political movement we have to made a collective and not a personal decision on such matters
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?
We certainly need to anticipate some of things we believe in and if we can try and live them. We have to distinguish between what is good for ourselves as well as what is good for our politics. Its ability to think scientifically and analyse correctly and help its members too to do the same.
5. Why did you answer this interview? Why do you think others
did not answer it?
I answered it because people who think like us and have lived a political life of struggle are a minority and we have got to reach out to one another to know that we may not be that few.
Cannot imagine why others did not guess they are not that fortunate like me to have a net connection!