Part two in our Corona series. The following declaration in favour of mutual aid is from Antiauthoritarian Movement Athens.
The coronavirus epidemic appeared and defined the planet in fear and anxiety, anchored people in pessimism and created a strange shadow over our cities. The epidemic is real and dangerous, as is the political and environmental context in which was born and developed in a catastrophic rate. It goes without saying that the nature of the pandemic and the speed of its expansion to every corner of the globe, puts pressure on state management, destroys current sovereign ideologies, and illuminates political issues that we did not pay attention to.
An unpredictable factor sets limits to the neoliberal ideological obsession of competitiveness and profitability. It has stopped the fantasy that the chaos of private interests can work without complications. Society is now called upon to act collectively and to be protected through its collective action. The sense of responsibility for our neighbor and self-restraint is not social distancing. Social distancing is to live in a world of competition and of individual spheres moving irregularly against one another.
It’s time for mutual help
We have no doubt that the state will use today’s crisis , to legislate and to administer the issue of public health, fiscal policy and policing, the new discipline that the population must adopt to move forward. From the crisis management, as well as the one that comes the next day, some of us will be excluded. The pandemic and its after effects are not the same for everyone, state policies do not include everyone in the same ways and they do not require the same sacrifices from everyone. Our fellow citizens with financial disabilities, drug addicts and detained refugees in the Greek islands, are facing and will face, not the side of the state that tries to effectively manage a crisis, but its core dimension, the nucleus of the state , which makes it “the coldest of all monsters. ”
We are at the beginning of a general epidemic and we are all called upon individually and collectively to tackle it. The most effective way, as has historically been documented, is to increase the burden of social conscience and to re-create the ties that have destroyed from negative individualisation and capitalist barbarism. The tried and tested method, which unfortunately we gave up for a temporary bliss, is mutual help and reciprocity.
Society is not founded on love and compassion, but on mutual help and there it owes its evolution.
Morality of mutual aid is the active attitude towards each other and others.
The two pillars of mutual aid: “Do to others what you would like them to do on you on a similiar case-basis” and “Sow life around you”. These pillars mean: protect and help each other, because if the other is saved there is hope and perspective.
These values we intend to apply in these difficult times to society:
1. On the side of the frontline hospital staff of doctors and nurses.
2. Every social center and every squat should change into a place of mutual aid.
3. Every social space should have up-to-date, open, reliable and documented informations
4. Create groups to help people that are excluded at home
5. Solidarity with those in a difficult financial situation.
P.S. Peter Kropotkin