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Fernández-Savater: indignados should act as if Republic of 99% were a reality

April 26, 2012

Not long ago I posted about an image shared via Facebook by Spain’s #NoLesVotes (#Don’tVoteforThem) platform, a forerunner to the #15M or indignados movement.  The image shows a hand holding an iPhone and is accompanied by these lines:

OUR ONLY WEAPON IS
REALITY
THERE IS NO DEFENCE AGAINST IT

RECORD IT
PHOTOGRAPH IT
SPREAD IT

The Spanish author and indignado Amador Fernández-Savater (Madrid, 1974) has now produced quite a different take on reality. In a short essay (see also English version) published in Diagonal, he calls for fellow indignants to create a new reality and finds inspiration in the Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins (1890-1922):

Collins decides to stop banging his head against the wall. He doesn’t simply want to be right, nor is he ready to sacrifice anyone for the sake of a better future. He wants to live and win, and winning entails the creation of another reality. The real counterattack is to create a new reality. Paradoxically, this is based on a fiction: let us act as if the Irish Republic were a fact.

Fernández-Savater suggests that being outraged, reacting or demanding is no longer sufficient. It is now time to act as if the Republic of the 99% were a reality, fighting the power by inventing new rules rather than following its rules. In practice, this would mean a massive declaration of independence from the ‘rotten reality’ of monarchy, economy and politics. A calm gesture that said: “You are fired, we bid you farewell”.

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