Manuel Santoro, National Secretary
Letter sent on September 16th, 2016
Dear comrades, dear friends,
Convergenza Socialista is honored about the invitation to the 3rd Progressive Latin-America Meeting, ELAP 2016, which will be held in Ecuador from the 28th to the 30th of this September. Such meeting is of vital importance for the future of the political, economic and social alternative to the neo-liberal system, and, I hope, it will be organized in the coming years with more strength and decision.
I thank, then, the Movimiento Alianza PAIS and, especially President Rafael Correa, Dorris Soliz Carrion, Executive Secretary, Fander Falconi Benitez, President of the International Relation Commission, and Noelia Arias of the International Relation Commission. At the same time, I thank all political organizations, political movement and political Parties that are going to participate to such important meeting to make it vital to the eyes of the world.
Convergenza Socialista is a political Party born one year and a half ago from the ashes of Italian socialism, and right away, with extreme clarity, it has pointed towards the neo-liberal system as the cause for the excruciating economic and social crisis which are affecting so greatly our time, in all continents of our world.
We are socialist and we strongly believe that the neo-liberal system, the neo-liberal political platforms, must be overcome with socialist policies. Socialism is opposite to neo-liberalism and neo-liberalism is opposite to socialism. Our mission is to contribute to the construction of the political and economical alternative to the neo-liberal system, in Italy and internationally.
In Europe we have applied for membership to the Party of the European Left, and internationally we follow with great attention all political processes in Latin-America and North America, with the work done within ELAP, Foro de Sao Paulo and the American ‘Socialist Convergence’ of Philadelphia from last July.
Recalling a historical fact, in the late ’70s and early’ 80s a discussion began, even in Italy, regarding the political situation of the Chilean left. The idea of a socialist convergence at that time assumed a great test of pluralism of ideas, transparency in the methods of internal democracy while there was a fight against a military dictatorship.
Today, of course, we do not fight against a military dictatorship but we could say that we are fighting against political financial dictatorships whose selfish implications are in constant acceleration.
It has been clear since the last subprime mortgage crisis how the world was under attack from a small but powerful financial élite which greatly influences politics and, using accommodating politics, shapes economic and social policies towards wilder, antisocial forms which have as their core more widespread privatization and accelerating sale of public properties. The privatization plan announced in Brazil by the new appointed President Temer is a limpid example.
The struggle today is between the people and the élite. The 99% against the 1%.
The 99% made up of men and women, the peoples of the world, segregated in a national context with national policies and, therefore, localized. The 99 % of the population. The 1 %, instead, made up of the richest with enormous access of big capital whose globalization of banking and financial processes has produced a transnational convergence able to regulate itself, bypassing the various national rules and weak international rules. The remaining 1%.
If politics remains segregated at a national level, while the neo-liberal model has gone worldwide, global, what do we do then? Do we resize the big Capital, de – globalizing the economy of the world , or we make sure to create the basis for the political alternative and working towards the globalization of democratic socialism? The globalization of the capitalist economy is an irreversible process which can be politically fought only with a worldwide socialist alternative.
Socialism is strategic planning which must expand to be truly effective and to have a real grip in terms of balance of power, in a world irreversibly globalized by the neo-liberal system. If the neo-liberal doctrine has succeeded in becoming dominant in the whole world, democratic socialism must do the same to have the opportunity to be the political and economic alternative.
Meetings between organizations, political movements and political Parties are, therefore, very important at both national and international level since they lays the foundation for clear socialist platforms. It is, then, necessary to help and to contribute to the growth of organizations and international meetings such as the Party of the European Left, ELAP, Foro de Sao Paulo, ‘Socialist Convergence’ in USA, etc.
We must, nevertheless, make an extra effort. We must converge on a common political platform with the purpose to revive socialism at a global scale.
We have in mind a sort of coordination at a global level for the organization of an annual meeting, rotating in each of the continents, which will allow all of us to proceed quickly towards the internationalism of socialism, with the creation of working committees having the goal to sharpen our socialist policies. Policies alternative to the ones developed in the meetings of the globalized élite.
Today the balance of power between the neo-liberal and the socialist camp is very unbalanced . And this is due to the fragmentation within national boundaries, in some cases continental boundaries, of the socialist, progressive and leftist organizations which must confront a neo-liberal power which has developed a clear, homogeneous and globalized political and economic platform. We, instead, are untied , politically heterogeneous, and I think it’s time to start our own process of homogenization of socialism, on global scale, on few political points.
Our own proposal on the world. The ‘globalization of socialism’. Proposal which should move along four strategic directions.
On the economic front, we have to reverse course regarding the massive privatizations which in the last decades have caused enormous damage in Europa and Latin-America as well. Whatever is of public interest shall be public. I am referring to natural resources, basic services including the banking system.
Nationalization must be a political point back to the table of worldwide economic platform. Another aspect regards the monetary policy that shall be restored as a ‘public service’, managed by a public entity. Not certainly managed by private Central Banks.
On the social front, full and fair redistribution of wealth.
On the political front, improve the quality of democracies by expanding representativeness, involvement, participation of the people of all social classes. Not marginalize anyone, not leaving anyone behind.
The fourth issue has to do with the enormous and accelerating concentration of information in a few hands which distorts the truth, often falsifies it, for special interests. It is a global issue that must be treated globally.
It is clear, therefore, the need for a broad internationalism of socialism which must serve the people of the world on a specific political and economic alternative platform to be able to fight politically the globalized neo-liberal system.