By William F. Fisher, Thomas Ponniah
Another international is feasible is the unique number of essays and calls for from the guts of the ‘movement of movements’. in response to the paintings of the 1st annual conferences of the WSF, this vintage assortment not just set out the preliminary goals of the activities that got here jointly, it additionally cleared the path for the theoretical learn of recent social pursuits, their a number of and participatory personality. this present day, as many crises have an effect on all our lives, it's time to revisit the unique calls for of a world cohesion move, united in its selection 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 trade union defends partial interests whereas the movement can represent the general interest of all who work; the union interprets the interests of a limited class, whereas the movements can express the action of the entire multitude. Perhaps this is the moment of the end of the historical cycle of social democracy and the beginning of the democracy of the multitude. Finally, we should add that the struggle against war is a central element of this program. It is perfectly clear to those at Porto Alegre that the neoliberal world order and the interminable state of war go hand in hand, that they support and legitimate each other.
The WSF documents offer a rich variety of alternatives. 13 Essentially, the convergence of difference is best reflected in the widely asserted commitment to the reinvention of democracy. We define ‘the reinvention of democracy’ to mean the reinvention of society such that the mode of economic production, the structures of political governance, the dissemination of scientific innovation, the organization of the media, social relations and the relationships between society and nature, are subjected to a radical, participatory and living democratic process.
Human Rights or Protectionism? A third difference exists within the labour movement itself. Northern labour’s call for human rights standards to be included within international trade and investment agreements is often interpreted by Southern workers as a disguised form of protectionism. On the other side Northern labour questions the South’s commitment to human rights when the latter refuse to support concrete stipulations (Faux). • The Universality of Values? A fourth conflict lies in the debate concerning the relationship between Western values and universal values.
Another World is Possible: Popular Alternatives to Globalization at the World Social Forum by William F. Fisher, Thomas Ponniah