We are the crisis (of the Capital)

Ivan Borowy, John Halloway, Magdalena "Czapka" Chustecka

We are living in the times of a permanent Crisis. At every stage of the social and planetary life we can observe the collapse of the previous order and dynamic changes. Since 2008, the world has been shaken by the crisis of the globalised economy and we still cannot find our way out of it. It results in food, housing and job market crises in many countries of both the North and the South. Euro-Atlantic governments supported by racist votes threaten with a migration crisis, and war-mongering murmurs incite subsequent diplomatic crises. Democracy which was supposed to guarantee security against such a situation is itself in a deep crisis – torn between technocratic rule of neo-liberals, and the authoritarian populism of the extreme right. Last but not least – the very existence of the species is threatened by the global ecological crisis.

But to what extent are all these crises an unfortunate coincidence, and to what extent are they a product of the capitalist system and the result of the calculated policy of elites? Who decides where the norm begins and ends, and where crisis measures must be implemented? Is the 2008 stock exchange crisis not the ultimate crisis of the capitalism, the migration crisis – the decline of the neocolonial system, and the crisis of democracy – a call for its radical renewal? Perhaps the shocks which the existing system receives constitute a good starting point for changing the course which humanity follows, and for reinventing the world? No one doubts now that a different world is possible – would it be, however, a dystopia of the eternal crisis, or a barren desert, or can we come up with something better?

The Social School of Anti-capitalism emerged as a result of the discussion during the Polish Social Forum which was held in May 2019 and constitutes preparations of issues for next session of the Forum in autumn 2020.