Alternative Libertaire AL #296 - Editorial
Editorial: Merge to excel
The process initiated between Libertarian Alternative and the Coordination of Anarchist Groups has therefore come to an end. ---- The Libertarian Communist Union was born under the acclamations of the Allier congress. It's a political success and a method. ---- Wanting to avoid stagnation in endless, purposeless discussions, as well as a hasty and ill-controlled merger, AL and CGA co-elaborated a " road map " setting out each stage of discussion, verification, validation, etc. . ---- The general philosophy was: no device negotiations, no deal behind the scenes. Everything had to be put on the table and approved collectively. Eighteen months had been considered sufficient to go around the question, imagine what could be this " merger-overtaking " and culminate in the joint congress of June 2019 which was to pronounce the final decision.
But a mechanism, even well designed, is not everything. Goodwill, the desire to overcome the obstacles to get there have counted for a lot. And the climate of confidence created by the Red and Black Summer Days of July 2018 will undoubtedly have contributed greatly. Without this goodwill on both sides, the process could have repeatedly slipped on unforeseen glitches, each of which could have become a bone of contention. It has not happened.
The bet of the merger has thus prevailed. Which of the overtaking will it be ? It is our action that will decide.
UCL, June 28, 2019