The project „CAMINO REVOLTA“ is an artistic image of „REVERSE“ and „REBUILDING“: we are walking the Way of St. James in the opposite direction, from the end of „old Europe“ in Finisterre across Europe in search of impulses for “Neurope”. All interested and dedicated people are invited to join us, even if only for a short time. We carry with us the „MANIFEST OF FINISTERRE“, in which we bring first ideas for a new, solidary Europe into conversation. On our way we want to talk with the oncoming people: What visions and ideas for their personally future do they have, but above all for our common future? Does Europe have a future at all? And if so, how do we design our „NEUROPE“, a „Europe of the people“?
Manifest of Finisterre
We are at a turning point: We have gone a long way, we have achieved stunning progress, and we have failed progress in other fields. Our critical self-reflection opens up new horizons and we are firmly convinced that living together in a sustainable way in a new Europe is possible.
We have set out to new horizons – which includes a transformation of the past:
We are convinced that the fundamental values of Europe, deeply rooted in our long humanistic tradition and in the Age of Enlightenment (which finally led to the general formulation of „freedom, equality and solidarity“) are an important contribution towards the development of a peaceful culture in Europe and worldwide.
We have also recognized that these values have not yet been realized to a desirable extent.
Although we live in reasonably functioning democratic societies in Europe, they are based on compromise, leading to a constant flickering of anti-democratic tendencies on the one hand, but, on the other hand they could be developed with regard to a broader political participation of the European population.
We have also achieved the development of cultural standards to ensure the freedom of thought, the freedom of access to education and the freedom of expression, but we are aware of the permanent danger of losing this achievement through the manipulation of the media and unequal educational opportunities.
The most compelling deficit of not realizing our canon of values, however, is located in the increasing rejection of solidarity in our societies. The historical evolution of ownership and property and the formatting oft he economy in its current shape lead to social inequality and injustice. Both are constantly progressing and make social life explosive. Our democratic achievements are increasingly threatened by this development. The ideology of neo-liberalism accelerates these conditions and, at the same time, many people develop irrational fears and resentments against minorities. With a retreat towards national interests and a general attitude of“ being the first“ social peace becomes endangered in Europe. Nationalist tendencies spread and threaten the „European idea“.
But this distress also holds the chance for a new beginning. The first shadowy outlines of a „new pEurope“ emerge on the horizon.
Many people set up initiatives and movements for a new Europe, each in their field.
Towards a „Europe of Solidarity“:
The orientation for an economic development with regard to the common good rather than self-interest, the formation of cooperative and associative economic entities, ideas for a different monetary and banking system, the initiative for a basic income – these are only a few examples of „new thinking“ in the economic sphere, which could become the basis of a European Community based on solidarity. The insight that unbridled economic growth is a dead end and the pursuit of profit of an unfettered economy is the cause for the discharge of solidarity gains more and more acceptance. At the same time, more and more people suffer from their estranged lives and search for alternative models of life. Initiatives such as DIEM 25 have developed alternative economic concepts for a „New Deal“. This could become the basis for a common space of „Solidarity economics“ in Europe that favours solidarity instead of national and individual self-interest.
Towards a „Europe of Regions“ and direct democratic participation:
The trend towards increasing bureaucracy and centralization of political decisions (making power within institutions not sufficiently and democratically legitimized) is opposed by a movement that demands more participation in terms of direct democratic voting options. Some regions in Europe demand more leeway for autonomous decision-making processes. Moreover, advanced concepts discuss the idea of a „European Republic“ formed by autonomous regions instead of traditional nations with their tendency towards national interests.
Towards a „Europe of Freedom and Cultural Diversity“:
The respect for other human beings and the appreciation of cultural diversity are values that prevail against resentment, xenophobia and racism. They are not negotiable and many people and initiatives are already living these values. Nowadays, these values are attacked because of a blurred „fear of the different“. Practicing tolerance, however, needs brave people! Free media as a guarantee for freedom of information and open social discourse are essential foundations of democratic societies. They are a strong protection against abuse and also against the concentration of power and influence.
Free access to various educational institutions is a prerequisite of personal development. It allows the development of a „Culture of Dialogue“, which, in turn, is the basis of democratic participation. Initiatives for the defence of the „Open Society“ are urgently needed and in good time!
To generate a sensual image for theses inspirations, we have started the project of a pan-European movement with the aim of „Newrope“: „CAMINO REVOLTA“.
Since April 1, 2017, the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Societe Mont Pelerin (the first think tank of neo-liberalism), we are on a pilgrimage on the „Camino revolta“ (Camino backwards). We are walking the road from Finisterre (the end of the old world) across Europe to the Mont Pelerin, transporting the message of awakening a new Europe. We want to walk this path in the next few months and years with as many people as possible and initiate various possibilities of exchanging ideas and information about „Newrope“.
Our goal is a new Europe, in which the values of freedom, equality and solidarity finally gain the importance they deserve.
The „New Europe“ appears on the horizon. It is up to us to seize the opportunity now!
At the end of the „old world“ we are standing at the beginning of a new world. Cap Finisterre was the traditionel end point of the “Camino de Santiago de Compostella”, the pilgrimage of St.James. We start on April 2017 at this end and go the way in the opposite direction, on the way to an unknown future.
On our way, we want to talk with ONCOMING people: What visions and ideas for the future do you have for yourself, but above all for our common future?
The „Way of St. James“ was also an important impulse for the European community feeling. Where do we stand today? Does Europe have any future? And if so, how do we design our new Europe , a „Europe of People“?
We walk the Way of St. James backwards in search of “NEUROPE”. What we have experienced, this blog reports.
And those, who would like to join us: Welcome!