In recent years, it has become evident that the crises linked to capitalism only bring high levels of unemployment and inequality, evictions and impoverishment, and a political destabilization that affects the rest of the institutions. Other side effects are the appearance of new parties, the disappearance or weakening of the traditional ones and the rebirth of nationalism. In addition, if we consider the ecological crisis, which shows that the way in which we are producing, distributing and consuming is destroying the planet, the result is a triad that is irremediably changing the world in which we live in.
Why I am a communist reflects on all of these issues and provides answers based on the hope inspired from the deepest parts of the most suffering part of the world: the working class. Many of the rights we have today - such as the universal suffrage or democracy itself - were conquests of socialist institutions. If society is able to organize in a different way, think as a group and use the discoveries of science research, another world is possible. To realize this however, superficial ideas, recurrent topics and stiff and inflexible ideologies cannot be part of the agenda. What we really need, as Garzon reflects in this book, is passionate reason, well-founded theories and a sensible critical attitude towards the system that is in power.
Alberto Garzón is the general administrator of Izquierda Unida. He was born in 1985 in Logroño, although he has lived between Seville and Malaga for most of his life. He graduated in Economics at the Universidad de Málaga (UMA), he holds a Master's degree in International Economics and Development from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) and he has been a researcher at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Sevilla. In 2011 he was elected deputy of Izquierda Unida by Málaga, which made him the youngest member of the parliament of the previous legislature. He is the author of Esto tiene arreglo (2012), La gran estafa (2013), La Tercera República (2014) and A pie de escaño (2015). On Twitter, with more than 778,000 followers, he is the most retweeted Spanish politician.
A reflection on the new challenges that left parties have to face