Lexit (Left Exit) is a network of individuals with different backgrounds and from different European countries united by the idea that a Left exit from the Eurozone and from the currently prevailing neoliberal integration is now the only way to effectively fight neoliberalism and uphold democracy in Europe.
Against the background of the alarming loss of democratic rights, dismantling of welfare states and privatization of the commons, the emancipatory forces in Europe need to propose workable, credible alternatives based on popular sovereignty to the current project of authoritarian neoliberal integration. Based on its Appeal (see ‘Appeal’), the purpose of this network is to advance Lexit as a tool to reclaim Democracy.
The alarming upturn of the far right in most Euro countries results inter alia from their position against the EU and Euro governance systems. Their political proposals are misleading: Anti-euro right forces, for example, are fighting for further controls over immigration while they do not make any claim for controls over indiscriminate capital mobility to and from countries pursuing policies of downward wage competition. For them, it would be enough to stop free circulation of people in Europe and abandon the Euro area by leaving currencies determined by free market forces and speculation: we could call this horrendous synthesis “xenophobic neoliberalism”.
If we want to avoid this scenario, we need a Lexit: an internationalist alternative based on popular sovereignty, fraternity, social rights and defense of workers’ conditions and the commons.
The unsustainability of the Eurozone is an objective fact. Sooner or later, it will impose a choice of alternative exit routes from the Euro, right wing or left wing, each of them with very different effects on the social classes involved. We explicitly state that the goal of Lexit is to develop emancipatory Left strategies to exit the Euro and to overcome neoliberal integration. The discussion has already begun and several proposals are on the table: We invite all people who share the need for Lexit to join our discussions and campaigns!
Readings related to Lexit concepts and debate
Some recent examples of alternative strategies, studies and proposals dealing with the idea of left exit from neoliberal integration and the Euro-system discussed in the Lexit network:
(in alphabetical order)
- Massimo Amato, Luca Fantacci, Dimitri B. Papadimitriou, Gennaro Zezza: Going Forward from A to B? Proposals for the Eurozone Crisis
- Emiliano Brancaccio: Back to the Old European Monetary System A Comment on Lafontaine
- Sergio Cesaratto: Alternative Interpretations of a Stateless Currency crisis
- Will Denayer: Why Varoufakis DIEM 2025 is Fighting the Wrong Fight
- Idar Helle: Left debates Europe: DiEM versus Lexit
- Frédéric Lordon: The euro, or hating Democracy
- Steffen Stierle: Looking for the exit
- Andy Storey: Chronicle of a European Crisis Foretold (PDF)
- Wolfgang Streeck: Why the Euro divides Europe