With complete clarity Nuria Guell expressed herself during her speech at the Second borderless economic Disobedience Meeting held on 26 and 27 April at the EACC (Contemporary Art Space) and the Casal popular of Castellón, Spain.
Nuria, catalan artist and activist, contextualized the meeting, setting it within this highly evocative reality saying: “the State rules for the benefit of financial markets and for de facto powers, while the people are obliged to be obeing and have their rights privatizedonly slaves obey”, and, , “the rest, consent”. “And because we are not submissive here, and are able to think and argue, we have been breaking down this State imposed social order together to weave our related comunities”, added the activist.
And it is precisely on this line that Güell is working.The Inverted Rescue Office applies the same strategies of social engineering that the State has used but in the opposite direction, trying to subvert the Rescue realized by the Government and its consequences. It is built as an information desk, a consultation office installed in the museum ( EACC). Its aim is to diffuse and promote different possibilities to revert this situation, offering advices for free to interested citizens. This office has been, in fact, actively collaborating in conducting this meeting, here is the relationship between an institutional framework such the EACC and the economic Disobedience Meeting. “7000000000” is the name given to the exhibition which has been framed draft Nuria Guell in Castellón.
Lots of other interesting dissobedience related issues where in debate during the weekend. Enric Durán ‘s online intervention he talked about the “Right to Rebelion” project iniciated in September 2011. “This iniciative is a contribution of a disobedient path”, said Durán, who also added, “it comes at the time when the Constitution is being amended to give priority to the foreign debt payment . ‘A new rebel dignity manifesto‘ clarifies the situation and calls for civil disobedience, Economic Desobedience and adhesion to the manifesto.”
As Thoreau said, considered by many the father of modern “civil disobedience” in his work – Civil disobedience (1849):
“It costs me less in every sense to incur the penalty of disobedience to the State than it would to obey. I should feel as if I were worth less in that case.”
And last but not least, looking at the Universal Declaration of Rights of Man and of the Citizen of 1793 (French revolution) we find the following:
“When the government violates the people’s rights, insurrection is, for the people and for each portion of the people, the most sacred of the rights and the most indispensible of duties”
There is little doubt that stand idly by is not the right response from people who really want a paradigm shift.
To build a lifestyle at the margins of the current system
In addition to Enric and Nuria, the meeting was attended by people from different collectives who are currently working in the ambit of disobedience from different fields.
“Som energía” (We are energy) cooperative was present and brought light, to issues pun intended, about the abuses of large energy multinationals and warned over recent laws for “Sun regulation”.
Not forgetting two examples of the many integral cooperatives that are growing through the territory: the Catalan (CIC) and the Valencian (CIV-Atornallom) which provided valuable information on how to use the cooperative legal forms as tools for the fiscal disobedience leading towards a community economy, that is, give to each according to their needs and receive from each according to their possibilities.
They also talked about the movement “restorative justice” working on a new line of inclusive justice, to the new times.
Sunday was dedicated to fiscal disobedience and the tasks performed by the different ODEs (Economic Disobedience Offices) distributed by the territory.
Seen this way, the current landscape of disobedience is pretty full…