My Resoc Interview
By Yvon Poirier at Oct 27, 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?
A stronger civil society movement. Networking at all levels, from the local to the global (glocalisation).
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?
Until civil society and social movements get strong enough, governments and states will stay under the stranglehold of global capitalism. There has to be a counterbalance so that states can play their role. A book written by Nicanor Perlas, on Social Threefolding explains this quite well.
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?
No, I would say that I am already involved in building social movements (as mentioned in Questions 1 and 2). We are already too much dispersed. We don’t need more.
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?
Am already involved in organisations and social movements doing just that...
5. Why did you answer this interview? Why do you think others
did not answer it?
It was short to reply to. I don’t know the reasons people have for not answering. However, I do imagine that people involved in networks and social movements are very busy people. And, to be very clear, even if I said yes to be involved in the RESOC initiative, I have been quite dubious from the start about this effort, which tends to be very «political» in its approach. Like the questionnaire on a «party». This is about the last thing we need.