SECESSION is an on-going project designed to re-shape
and re-think the European space and project on the basis of translation,
migration and hybridization.
First Published in:
Manifesto of the European Party
“Many parties – two policies”
Adapted from Karl Marx and Frederick Engels
A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of Europeans. All the powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: the Banks, the IMF, the EU, the Troika and the police-spies.
Two things result from this fact:
I. All opposition powers acknowledge the European people as a power.
II. It is high time for Europeans to openly, in the face of the whole world, publish their views, their aims, their leanings, and meet this nursery tale of the Spectre of Europe with a manifesto of the party itself.
To this end, Europeans of various nationalities have assembled here.
The modern Fucking-Neo-Liberalist society that has sprouted from the ruins of Europe has not done away with class antagonisms. It has established new classes, new conditions of oppression, new forms of struggle in place of the old ones.
Our epoch, the epoch of the Fucking-Neo-Neo-Liberalists, possesses, however, a distinct feature: it has simplified class antagonisms. Society as a whole is increasingly divided into two great hostile camps, into two great classes directly facing each other:
The Fucking-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Liberalists have stripped of its halo every occupation. The physician, the lawyer, the poet, the man of science, have been converted into the wage-earning unemployed.
The Fucking-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Liberalists have torn away from the family its protective veil, and have reduced family relations to a miserable state.
The Fucking-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Liberalists cannot exist without constantly revolutionising the instruments of repression, and thereby labour relations, and with them all forms of social relations.
The Fucking-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Liberalists have, through exploitation of the world market, given a cosmopolitan character to repression and poverty in every country. All old national industries have already been, or are in the process of being destroyed.
The low prices of commodities and labour are the heavy artillery with which the Fucking-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Liberalists batter down all opposition and foster hatred for foreigners.
In one word, the Fucking-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Liberalists create a world in their own image: features of this world include unethical competition, accompanied by a social and political Constitution rooted in it, and attempts to hold eco-nomic and political sway over European ideals.
In consequence, the European class grew – who live only as long as they find work, and who find work only as long as labour is as cheap as possible. These European working unemployed, who must sell themselves piecemeal, are a commodity, like every other article of commerce, and are consequently exposed to all the vicissitudes of competition, to all the fluctuations of the market.
The lower strata of Europeans – the poor, the retired, the unemployed, the young– all sink gradually into oblivion, partly because their life is rendered worthless by new methods of the Fucking-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Liberalist society.
At this stage, the working unemployed still form an incoherent mass scattered throughout society, divided by their mutual competition. If ever they unite to form more compact bodies, this is not the consequence of their own active union, but of the union of the Fucking-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Liberalists, who, in order to attain their own political ends, are compelled to set society in motion. At this stage, therefore, Europeans do not openly fight their enemies.
Now and then Europeans are victorious, but only for a time. The real fruit of their battles lies, not in the immediate result, but in the ever expanding union of Europeans. This union is aided by improved means of communication that place Europeans of different localities in contact with one another. This contact was what was needed to centralise the numerous local struggles, all of the same character, into one European struggle between classes. But every class struggle is a political struggle. And that union, to attain its targets, should from a political party.
In form though not in substance, the struggle of the Europeans with the Fucking-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Liberalists is primarily a national struggle. Europeans of each country must, of course, first of all, settle matters amongst their own Fucking-Neo-Liberalists.
II. Europe and Europeans
In what relation do the Europeans stand vis-à-vis Europe as a whole?
The Europeans form a separate class opposed to the Fucking- Neo-Liberalists.
They have no interests separate and apart from those of European people.
In the national struggles of the Europeans in different countries, Europeans highlight and promote the common interests of the entire European people, irrespective of individual nationalities.
Throughout the various stages of the struggle between the European class and the Fuck-ing-Neo-Neo-Liberalists, they always represent the interests of Europe as a whole.
The Europeans, therefore, are on the one hand, practically speaking, the most advanced and resolute segment of society in each country, that segment which pulls all others forward; on the other hand, theoretically speaking, they have the advantage of clearly understanding the course of action, the conditions, and the ultimate general results of the European movement.
All Europeans share the same immediate aim: the formation of Europe into a distinct unit of Democracy, Social Justice, Equality, Freedom, Prosperity and Solidarity, the overthrow of the Fucking-Neo-Neo-Neo-Liberalist supremacy, and the conquest of political power by the European people.
In Fucking-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Liberalist society, the past dominates the present; in European society, the present dominates the past.
In Fucking-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Liberalist society the living person is dependent and has no individuality, in European society the living person is independent and has individuality.
The Europeans oppose the supremacy of the ideal of consumption and property. The Europeans deprive no man of the power to appropriate the products of society; all they do is deprive him of the power to subjugate others by means of such appropriations.
For the Europeans, national differences and antagonisms between peoples have resulted in the development of the Fucking-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Liberalist society. The supremacy of the Europeans will cause them to vanish. United action is one of the first conditions for the emancipation of the European.
In place of the old Fucking-Neo-Liberalist society and its antagonisms, we shall have an association in which the free development of each individual is the condition for the free development of all.
ΙII. A European Confession of Faith
Question 1: Are you a European?
Question 2: What is the aim of the Europeans?
Answer: Organise society in such a way that each member can develop and use all his capabilities and powers completely freely.
Question 3: How do you wish to achieve this aim?
Answer: By eliminating the Fucking-Neo-Liberalists and replacing them with a community based on equality, freedom, solidarity and democracy.
Question 4: On what do you base your community of equality and democracy?
Answer: On the fact that in the consciousness or feelings of each individual there exist certain irrefutable, basic principles which, being the result of the development of history, require no proof.
Question 5: What are these principles?
Answer: For example, every individual strives to be happy. The happiness of the individual is inseparable from the happiness of all.
Question 6: How do you wish to pave the way for your community of property?
Answer: By enlightening and uniting the Europeans.
Question 7: What are the Europeans?
Answer: The Europeans form the class in society that subsists solely on its labour, not on any profit from any kind of financial capital; the class whose weal and woe, whose life and death, therefore, depend on the alternation of times of good and bad business; in one word, on the fluctuations of competition.
Question 8: Then there have not always been Europeans?
Answer: No. There have always been poor and working classes; and those who worked were almost always poor. But there have not always been Europeans, Europe is an idea that developed from our will.
Question 9: How did the Europeans arise?
Answer: Modern society is divided into classes, namely:
I. The big Fucking-Neo-Neo-Liberalists class, who in all advanced countries is in almost exclusive possession of the means of subsistence and the means (machines, banks, workshops, etc.) by which these means of subsistence are produced. This is the Fucking-Neo-Neo-Liberalist class.
II. The class of the Europeans, who are compelled to sell their labour to the first class, simply to obtain, in return, their means of subsistence. Since the parties to this trading in labour are not equal, and the Fucking-Neo-Neo-Neo-Liberalists have the advantage, the Europeans must submit to the bad conditions laid down by the Fucking-Neo-Neo-Liberalists. This class, dependent on the Fucking-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Liberalists, is called the class of the Europeans.
Question 10: In what way does the European differ from the slave?
Answer: The slave is sold once and for all, the European has to sell himself by the day and by the hour. The slave is the property of one master and for that very reason has a guaranteed subsistence, however wretched it may be. The European is, so to speak, the slave of the entire Fucking-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Liberalist class, not of one master, and therefore has no guaranteed subsistence, since nobody buys his labour if he does not need it. The slave is accounted for as a thing and not a member of civil society. The European is recognised as a person, as a member of civil society. The slave may, therefore, have a better subsistence than the European but the latter stands at a higher stage of development. The slave frees himself by abolishing the relationship of slavery. The European can free himself only by abolishing the Fucking-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Neo-Liberalists.
Question 13: Then you do not believe that a community of Europeans has been possible at any time?
Answer: No. Europe only arose when conditions made it possible to hold out the prospect of an all-sided development, a happy existence, for all members of society.
Question 14: As you wish to prepare for a community of property by the enlightening and uniting of Europe, do you reject revolution?
Answer: Revolutions are not made deliberately and arbitrarily but everywhere and at all times; they are the necessary consequence of circumstances which are not in any way whatever dependent either on the will or on the leadership of individuals or of whole classes. The development of Europe in almost all countries of Europe is forcibly repressed by the possessing classes and thus a revolution is being forcibly worked for by the opponents of Europe.
Question 17: What will be your first measure once you have established democracy?
Answer: Guaranteeing the subsistence of the Europe.
Question 21: Will nationalities continue to exist in Europe?
Answer: The nationalities of the peoples who join together according to the principle of Europe equal the sum of its cultural wealth. At the same time, Europeans are also compelled by this union to merge and thereby supersede themselves and their various differences.
IV. Position of the Europeans in relation to Europe
Europeans turn their attention chiefly to Germany, because in that country the Fucking-Neo-Liberalist class is in the most advanced position of power.
In each country, Europeans bring to the front a leading question, the Fucking-Neo-Liberalist question, regardless of its degree of development at the time.
In short, the Europeans everywhere support all revolutionary movements against the existing social and political order of Fucking-Neo-Neo-Liberalists.
Finally, they strive everywhere for the union and agreement of Europeans of all countries.
The Europeans disdain to conceal their views and aims.
They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing Fucking-Neo-Neo-Neo-Liberalist conditions.
Let the Fucking-Neo-Liberalist class tremble at a European revolution.
The Europeans have nothing to lose but their chains.
They have a world to win.
Europeans of All Europe, Unite!