In general, we find that in social movements, two words keep recurring inthe vernacular, in discussions and in the shouts, in the slogans and thedeclarations: “lucha” (meaning “struggle”) and “contra” (meaning “against”),the Capitalist System, a system of domination, patriarchy, exploitation, etc. Wealways seem first to be “anti” prior to being “alter”, that is proposingalternatives. Or rather, we could call this position one of “Alter-Nates.” But toknow against what we are struggling and from what we seek emancipation, it isimportant to know what the capitalist system is. Even prior to that, we mustunderstand what a “system” is, and then understand what is Capitalism. In thisway, we can diagnose what stage of its existence this system of Capitalism is at,and what the real possibilities of maintaining its momentum are. We can pinpointany roads that involve anti-capitalism strategies and/or anti-system initiatives, aswell as the best strategies to employ in creating an experience or reality that istruly anti-system.
Anti-“ is a greek prefix that means “protection against,” “prevention against” or“struggle against.” However, we prefer to use the connotation of “opposite' or“contrary to.” As a result, when we talk of anti-system experiences, we refer tothose realities and experiences that are “opposite” or “contrary” to thecapitalist system; we refer to the discourse and unified social and politicalpractices in daily life carried out by an individual or a collective, withcharacteristics different from or diametrically opposed to those that feed intothe present system. These experiences, to a greater or lesser extent, reflect analter-nate, meaning they reflect distinct forms within each community of livingtheir own lives within their own systems.
Our Dream is Not a Dream: A World Without Capitalism!
Gustavo Castro Soto