[R-G] The Life--or Death--of the Anti-Globalization Movement
mstainsby at resist.ca
Thu Jun 17 03:21:31 MDT 2004
this article I originally posted without comment. Here I undo that and add
the following... after a few comrades have indicated their agreement with
the "dead" assessment.
This well meaning anarchist comrade misses the main point of the
"anti-globalization" movement-- namely that resistance now, not to aspects
such as this or that military adventure or particular corporations (by
themselves) must not only be based on forms of direct action that
demonstrate a way forward both in target and organizing form, but that
resistance must comprehend of itself globally. This global aspect is the
part of our analysis that has been most weakened in the wake of "9-11".
Many of the more dogmatic anarcho and autonomists comrades and fighters
among us never recognize this and would argue the point, but both Cuba and
more importantly (in terms of "movement identity") Venezuela are great
examples of those who understand that any success on the national front
must be accompanied by the right international conditions, and not
neccessarily on state terms. Further, that when we conceive of this
movement as an international one, we will have much greater successes.
North America-- with Canada becoming xenophobic in response to America
becoming viciously patriotic-- has been the most destructed into
nationalism instead of internationalism (and continentalism-- the form the
next great movements will take). This has been the greatest confusion out
of the post 9-11 "reality", but in the Global South, the movement to
understand "neoliberalism" "globalization" "free markets" "hidden hands"
and capitalism in its most ugly and regressive form continues unabated.
The third world is always, due to its placement on the end of the imperial
ladder, the first to gain the greater consciousness and will continue to
lead. The World Social Forum and other movements of progressives that grew
during the intial excitement of the "new" anti-globalization movement are
all still here.
They are now led almost completely by the third world members, whether
those liberating factories in Argentina, building alternatives in Venezuela
or elsewhere. Certainly, as is hardly new, the third world has taken the
current lead, manifesting in the hundreds of thousands against the various
institutions and policies that "anti-globalization" activists in the Global
North did a year and a half ago... but should our friends declare the
movement "dead" because the North no longer leads?
This kind of globalised, regional strategy is not "dead". Dare I say, it
has only just begun. What is truly dead are the narrow nationalist ending
hallways, the ones of protectionism & anti-international politcs in
imperialist states of lesser power, such as Spain, Canada and Australia,
and good riddance to that.
Consciousness will (re)catch up here, or else we shall perish. Simple as that.
In the contradiction lies the hope
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