France, Mélenchon is the real winner: chapeau. Here’s how to replicate his success in Italy

The New Ecological and Social Popular Union led by Mélenchon is the real winner of the first round of the French elections. With 25.7% of the votes, tied for the President in office and leaving Marine Le Pen just over 18%, the result is extraordinary. With this push it is certain that the left group will be the largest group of the opposition and it is very likely that Macron will not be able to conquer the absolute majority of parliament, paving the way for a very positive political dialectic. I dare not imagine more, but certainly these two results are already a great result, because one of the most important countries in Europe will find itself having a very important and for certain decisive social conditioning to put sand in the mechanisms of liberal Europe enlisted in NATO. .

So first of all a big round of applause to Jean Luc Mélenchon and to the French companions and companions.

Obviously it is also a question in Italy of doing as the France and then it may be useful to analyze the three fundamental steps that Mélenchon took to achieve this result. This success did not in fact fall from heaven and is not the result of a miracle but of a precise political line. We see.

In the first place, Melenchon has been working for years to build a alternative pole to the political poles existing in France. In all these years Mélenchon has not made alliances with the socialists and therefore has not practiced “unity of the left”. He worked to aggregate the alternative left, conflicting on a social and environmental level. This plant consistency was decisive to build the symbolic heritage of Mélenchon as an effective alternative to the liberal molasses that dwells in our institutions.

Secondly, Melenchon never traced his aggregation practice to a match. This in a double sense: on the one hand in the elections he always worked to build coalitions larger than his party, on the other to aggregate the various parties of the anti-liberal left. In practice, therefore, Mélenchon acted as an aggregator of the popular and environmentalist anti-liberal pole, without trying to make it become a party but always maintaining a fluid and dynamic character of aggregation. This is a decisive point because the added value of the grouping joined by Jean Luc consists precisely in the ability to bring together organizations, parties, committees, individuals, widespread intellectuality, trade union sectors.

In parallel to the success of Mélenchon, who for two presidential elections was close to the ballotin France we had the vertical crisis of the Socialist Party and a significant social conflict which, from the struggles over pensions to yellow vestshave enlivened the country.

The political capacity of Mélenchon, strengthened by the result of the presidential elections, was that of proposing himself on a popular and anti-liberal system as the possible unifier of the left. No longer the unity of the left on a free-market basis with a socialist majority, but a unity of the left whose center of gravity is on a program radicalunrelated to the politics that are popular in the building.

In some ways this last step is the ideal reversal of what, after the 1971 Épinay congress, he did Mitterrand. He worked to overturn the balance of power between socialists and communists and only after the socialists had become greater than the communists did he once again propose the unity of the left. Today, after years of walking in the desert, in which many have considered him an inconclusive sectarian, Mélenchon aggregates the forces of the left but on an alternative program, in which moderate socialists are in the minority. Chapeau.

To get to Italy to “do as in France”, there are therefore no shortcuts but it is necessary to learn from the French experience. In the first place it is necessary to build a clearly alternative aggregation to the existing poles, by stopping it to stalk the sirens of the center-left and the useful vote. Secondly, it is necessary to build this aggregation in a form that allows to all and all to participate and to be protagonists: men and women involved in all social and cultural areas, parties, associations, committees. Available parties must participate in this aggregation, but its form cannot be that of a party, too narrow to aggregate all the dispersed forces that we must unite. Thirdly, it is clear that it is necessary to identify a figure capable of exercising one leadership popular and at the same time able to favor a democratic and participatory path, to broaden the fabric of political aggregation. Speaking to the people and at the same time favoring the aggregation of a democratic and militant participatory fabric is true big bet that we have before us.

It is not very easy, but the French example can help us to get out of the stagnant Italian situation.

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