esin.ws – our new forum. A call for Solidarity, Pluralism, Diversity and Autonomy
Posted by kronstadt on May 26, 2007
In recent days the team has been busy building a new forum, and finally I would like to announce and welcome all of you to this amazing state-of-art new OPEN forum – a forum that resists “Politics of the Spectacle”, but is dedicated to everything Political – a forum that rejects the conventional stabilised and monopolized notions of “Politics”, and chooses to be in search of Politics. www.esin.ws is not just an internet forum, but more like a beginning of a new open Project based on the model of collaborating Autonomous groups and initiatives, principles of anti-globalization (or Global-Justice, or Alter-globalization) movement and the organizational model of World Social Forum. In other words, it is by far not an exclusively anarchist or syndicalist club. Rather, we intend it to be a forum for all groups and individuals with generally left-leanings and demands for Social Justice as well as those with demands for Real Democracy, Radical Democracy, Freedom, Self-Governance and economic Empowerment. Our ideological and organizational principles are wide enough for everybody to find something interesting and useful (both ideologically and practically). We are asking people to forget about their “sects” and “clans” and ideological inhibition (political parties and exclusive ideologies are things of the past century), and to unite around a discussion table in search of serious and practical solutions to the current problems at hand. Unlike Party models (which are inherently a Fascist model in the way that it enforces unity through Unanimity) we want to celebrate and embrace difference/diversity and to invite practical cooperation, unified resistance and the culture of Solidarity precisely because of difference (watch Michael Hardt’s lecture below to see what I mean).
Armenia today finds itself in the midst of what can be best termed as “Desert of Ideas“. The recent elections and the paucity of the campaigns, if anything, have highlighted precisely that condition of contemporary Armenian political scene. A radical transformation in a multitude of spheres (such as of the Structure of the Statism, modes of governance, economic modes of production, increasing dependence on Global Capital, cultural monopoly, science, media and many others) remains an ever-increasing necessity, as well as a strong feature of demands in the popular sphere. Yet, the visions of future alternatives that combine demands for individual liberty with social justice and egalitarian principles, and the ideas about how exactly such a transformation is to be achieved, remain somewhat of a deficit. With death of Historical Materialist tradition as a system of analytical tools, political analysts (in the spheres of social science, media and populist rhetoric alike) find it difficult to come up with a coherent explanation and entrenchment of the existing conditions within the broad global picture of the workings of international system and Global Capital. Vigorous political analysis has been replaced with primitivist reductionism of Neo-Liberalism and Nationalism. Not surprisingly, with death of ideology and theory the Neo-Liberalist myths about “development”, “transition”, “democracy” and “the miraculous workings of the free market economy” have rapidly entered our every-day lexicon and conquered and monopolised the mainstream grounds of what kinds of alternatives may be available, practical or plausible. At the same time, this framing and limitation of popular imagination about the range of available alternatives and choices, has been combined with a hysterically nationalist and racist campaigns to debilitate the popular conceptualisation of the outside world is like, and to frame it in exclusive boxes of “siege-mentality” and fear. This Conservatism is the anchor of our society that keeps us down. This neat combination of Neo-Liberalism and Nationalism, (which historically are the best allies of both the local oligarchic elite and, above all, the trans-national capitalist class), are also the language and the logic by which not only the mainstream discourses operate, but also those that like to think of themselves as “Progressive”.
Fresh ideas are desperately needed on Armenian (and Caucasian) political scene. A prior revolution in thinking, culture and identity is the first “revolution”, before any serious processes of socio-political transformation may begin. Yet these must not be ideologies or ideas springing from “Oppositions” and Dichotomies, but ideas that would arise from a roundtable debates between diverse groups who come together under slogans of Solidarity, Diversity, Respect and Autonomy.
In the contemporary conditions of depletion, debilitation and poverty of ideas in Armenia and Caucasus, such a Forum of an active search for ideas became a necessity. A cyber forum is a good start – it’s only the first step.
And the forum is packed with loads of cool features. It has a 100% interchangeable interface between Armenian, Russian, English and French languages. It has 2 Armenian and Russian translit codes, fully integrated into the forum, which allows you to write in these languages with Latin keyboards. And we also have one very-very cool Auto-Translit (which we modified to make it even more user-friendly), which automatically writes in Armenian or Russian letters while you type with Latin keyboard (just try it and you wouldn’t want to use any other Russian or Armenian translit, or even the phonetic-keyboard ever again).
And of course there is also the CALENDAR, where you are welcome to post your upcoming events and initiatives for everyone to see.
We tried to allow even unregistered guests to contribute without registration, but then we had problems with spam. So, in order to participate, you will need to create an account and later to confirm your e-mail address by clicking on the link that will automatically be sent to you by e-mail.