William F. Fisher, Thomas Ponniah's Another World is Possible: Popular Alternatives to PDF

By William F. Fisher, Thomas Ponniah

ISBN-10: 1783605170

ISBN-13: 9781783605170

In 2001 the 1st international Social discussion board was once held in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The assembly used to be seen via many on the time as a brand new manifestation of the worldwide Left, a people's competition to the area financial discussion board that stood because the first genuine entrance to international capitalism because the cave in of the Soviet Union. whereas many activists and intellectuals at the left have for the reason that turn into deeply serious of the discussion board, more moderen pursuits, similar to Occupy, the Arab Spring and the indignados, have equipped upon its successes and innovations.

Another international is feasible is the unique number of essays and calls for from the center of the ‘movement of movements’. in line with the paintings of the 1st annual conferences of the WSF, this vintage assortment not just set out the preliminary goals of the routine that got here jointly, it additionally lead the way for the theoretical learn of recent social activities, their a number of and participatory personality. at the present time, as many crises have an effect on all our lives, it's time to revisit the unique calls for of a world cohesion stream, united in its decision to struggle opposed to the focus of wealth, the proliferation of poverty and inequalities, and the destruction of our earth, and to reconstitute a world left.

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The conservative social democrats have thus become inescapably identified with the deepest interests of capitalist power, where exploitation and repression constitute the fundamental political line. The movement of move- xxx F O R E W O R D TF O RTEHWE OFRI DR S T E D I T I O N xix ments cannot find a common ground with these social democratic forces and cannot link together with them in a network. The encounters at Porto Alegre thus clarify this situation. The globalization movements can attempt with labour unions to construct a new front of anti-capitalist struggle on a global scale.

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In 8 INTRODUCTION the North, these movements consisted of environmentalists, urban movements, feminism, the lesbian and gay movement and the antiracist movement. In both the North and the South these new movements were concerned with questions concerning identity, culture and modernity (Escobar 1992: 62–85). Unlike the universalism of the old left, the new movements argued that radicalism consisted of the liberation of difference. The period beginning after 1999 is a new epoch in which workers’ struggles, the ‘new social movements’, as well as a new group of young militants (anarchists, anti-sweatshop activists, anti-biotechnology, peace and human rights movements) have come together via an interrelated set of recent efforts.

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