Rete nazionale Noi Restiamo
Noi Restiamo is a national organization of students and young workers
We report the appeal for a national assembly to build the Communist youth organization in Italy.
A communist youth perspective against the civilisation crisis of capitalism
Seven years ago in Bologna, behind the barricades of the housing occupation in Via Irnerio 13, we began our journey with a clear keyword: We remain. A declaration of intent in open opposition to the process of forced emigration imposed on our generation.
What was described as a free individual choice, the fairytale of the Erasmus generation, was in reality a real drain of labour, both skilled and unskilled. Young people became the victims of the macro-regional reorganisation of the labour market, accelerated by the economic crisis of 2008 which has been necessary for the European Union to compete in a scenario of less and less latent confrontation between imperialist macro-blocs or wannabe ones.
Today, exploiting the impetus of the pandemic crisis, the European Union is trying to seize the opportunity to relaunch the process of building its own imperialist pole.
This “qualitative leap” will result in a general worsening of the living conditions of large portions of the subordinate classes both within its borders (with particular ferocity in the peripheral countries) and outside (in the areas on which the EU projects its expansionist interests)
But the systemic crisis that is gripping the capitalist mode of production, in our continent as well as in the rest of the advanced capitalist countries, is revealing with the most cruel consequences the historical limits of a social model whose only prospect of development is based on the regression of the material, social and cultural condition of the whole of Humanity. This regressive character will affect the younger generations with increasing violence, mortgaging their future and further highlighting the contradiction between the expectations we are raised with and a reality of precariousness and misery.
The much-vaunted magnificent fortunes of capitalism are a lie, especially to the detriment of the younger generations oppressed by a model of development that is lethal to the environment, in which technological progress and digitalisation are not instruments for emancipation but rather make workers increasingly superfluous and subject to blackmail. A model in which education is moulded around labour market dogmas and is increasingly polarised between a first-class education for the elite and a second-class education for everyone else.
We are forced to live in a rotting society in which social unrest is either repressed with the truncheon or directed downwards in the war between the poor, spreading classist, racist, sexist and xenophobic ideologies. Besides, competition elevated to an absolute value has produced fragmentation, shifting responsibility for the failure of a system onto individuals and developing individualistic logics that have now dug deep into a crisis of civilisation that emerged forcefully in the most dramatic moments of the pandemic, thus demonstrating the barbarity into which we have fallen.
The contradictions that are emerging within the current dominant development model are systemic, and a systemic response is needed. We feel the historical necessity of breaking with the present social order and building an alternative general perspective, which for us young people can be none other than the Communist one.
Conscious of our non-self-sufficiency, we have worked from the beginning in the perspective of strengthening a class movement in our country. The close relationship with the Rete dei Comunisti, the support to the struggles of high-school students, the direct participation into the courageous social, trade union and political experimentations that coherently carry out projects of rupture from the political and cultural subalternity of the class enemy.
We believe, indeed, that there can be no room for a project of radical change in this society without one founding prerogative: the concrete independence from the variegated crowd of leftist realities. which has the left that has since long assumed the function of the hard core of the dominant ideology, embodying and becoming the author (in government buildings as well as in the streets) of the imperialist project of the European Union, masking its role with operations of support for the front of progressive battles and civil rights, not to mention the evergreen call for single front anti-fascists.
In this direction, we appeal to all those who share this need with us to take a step forward together.
This is the time to build a communist youth organisation able to meet the historical challenges we face, not out of nostalgia but with a straight and steady look to the future
We know that no one will give us anything for free and that the power relations in this phase are to be reconstructed. We believe, however, that the solution is not to wait for perfect conditions but, instead, to roll up our sleeves and build an organised subjectivity capable of fully entering the historical process in a way that is not passive but protagonist. With such determination, we make ourselves available to initiate a shared process of constitution of the communist youth organisation for the redemption of a betrayed generation.