Ward General Assemblies (GAs) are the first and basic tool of direct civic involvement in public management – before you have any DD rights AND when you have ones, because rights may be violated and institutions may fail to protect them, so GAs remain the last mean of defence against arbitrary power, not ombudsmen, courts or “big brothers”, neither any “round tables” with a pass or “public councils” appointed by mayors, ministers and other officials!
When your rights are trampled – “vote” by feet in the streets! That is the last right of excluded peoples! Connected in GAs in every ward you shall be capable of that – secured against deception by parties and self-proclaimed “shepherds”.
Spontaneous connection of the people in GAs (under various names – clubs, people’s societies, ‘soviets’(councils), committees) appears in all revolutions – from the American in 1774 to the Hungarian revolt in 1956… The GAs provide ‘spaces’ for direct involvement of the excluded in public rule. And though the ‘founding fathers’ and even the ‘revolutionaries’ banned or “forgot” to incorporate them in constitutions, Hannah Arendt saw in them the “spirit of revolution” – a manifestation of the eternal human pursuit of full, not only personal but also public freedom – the right and opportunity to participate freely and on an equal footing in public governance exercising personally your share of public power.
The GAs being the widest form of direct inclusion in politics appear spontaneously but not chaotically. They are not “crowd power” where behind hot phrases demagogues sell their will as “common will”. Assemblies work by rules guaranteeing free and equal participation of everyone. (see them also in Occupy Wall Street movement).
People’s societies that covered France in 1890 followed such rules distinguishing them from “crowd power”. The regulations determine who and how and on what issues could speak (e.g. there was a ban on diverting to local issues – only higher issues were to be discussed).
Crucial is the connection among assemblies. In America it was maintained by “correspondent committees” – horsemen chased and punished by the English. The connection is horizontal – so he people discovered the federal principle without even knowing its name. (Hannah Arendt)
Another ‘detestable’ feature of open GAs is their non-partiasan character. Only Jacobin and Bolshevik-dominated clubs and councils remained legal at the end of both revolutions – the non-party ‘peoples’ societies’ and ‘soviets’ who declared themselves independent, had been “disbanded” by decrees or ship artillery (see Kronstadt).
The Occupy Wall Street movement was also born in local GAs with the idea of creating ones in every city as places for deliberation on new US constitution and sending delegates to a Convention in Philadelphia to pass it. It’s another point how successful they were, since their displacement and “co-opting”, as they call it by “artists”, anarchists and hidden party activists diverted them from the idea of parallel (to official) self-organization and empowerment of the citizens by right to decide, not only beg from ‘representatives’.
The protest of the “yellow jackets” in France, takes into account the experience of 1968 and the “gentle” revolutions, incl. “Arab springs”, where the great left, right and religious formations – parties, trade unions etc. won the elections only because protesters were not organized in independent structures to rise their alternative in them (!) So the “yellow” started organising to nominate delegates from non-patisan assemblies in the departments.
La protestation des “gilets jaunes” en France, prend en compte cette expérience, à partir de 1968 et les révolutions “douces”, incl. les “printemps arabe”, où les grande gauche, droite ou les formations religieuses – partis, syndicats, etc. réussir à vaincre les élections, car les manifestants ne sont pas organisés en structures indépendantes pour y participer. Ici (!) les “jaune” a commencé à nommer des délégués de réunions dans les départements.
And here in our post-communist ‘democracy’ ? What else is left to us but to connect for joint action and negotiate among all of us a ‘Social Contract’ among the people themselves (not between people and rulers)?! (Hannah Arendt).
Otherwise self-proclaimed “shepherds”, party moles and NGOs, incl. parachut-“protesters” sponsored from East or West shall just “discharge the steam” in empty space by shouting “Resign!”, “Down with!” and other hollow slogans!
Enogh prattle and petitions to appointed clerks and deaf parliamentary commissions or fake “public” councils approuved by them!
Widest – national, regional and global – conversation among the people themselves in open non-partisan GAs – Clubs of Freedom – HOW to get rights of direct say and control in public matters (in all ‘powers’) and truly liberate our World!
How is a General Assembley – Club of Freedom created? It’s simple – invite persistently in a ward to open converstions (by pickets, leaflets, posters). Agree on rules of debate and connection with other clubs and… it’s set. Main purpose – direct empowering of the people as and independent non-patisan force and by all needed instruments of DD in all the powers.
Collecting signatures for a referendum could also be a way to connect in GAs for jont nationwide action (even if referendum is not successful due to high number of signatures and other ‘hurdels’ in our presently crippled law).
Come, let’s start an open conversation in your ward?