helps those who search. In a time of "infinite war", when we
confront the infinite stupidity, lies and arrogance of power, we search
for those values and practices that keep us true to our dreams and aspirations
for another world. This book guides us into that search, and it does it
Owe! Won't Pay!"
Amory Starr is author of Naming the Enemy, a precognition of the emergent anti-globalization network written in 1997. Here she provides, in concise and delightful style and with activist insight:
photos by Tim Russo, Independent Media Activist
zed books london 2005
distributed by palgrave usa
table of contents
the world social
no patents on life!
no borders! no nations! stop deportations!
get rid of them all!
back in black
belong to the people
be the media!
diversity of tactics
from the introduction
their political henchmen, and media sycophants insist that economic growth,
international trade, elimination of subsidies, and privatization will
alleviate poverty. Activists’ blossoming confidence that another
world is possible is well-rooted.
the effects of structural adjustment and free trade policies reveal that
their promises are flagrantly unfulfilled. Indeed their impacts have been
perverse. Apparently, globalization only works for the rich. Even high-profile
administrators of neoliberalism have deserted. Their insider revelations
are hardly news to the non-governmental organizations which have been
carefully collecting data for decades. Inequality has increased in nearly
every country and internationally, the conditions of life for the poor
and indigenous have steadily deteriorated, and the environment on which
we all depend has been irrevocably damaged.
In what ought
to be a crowning finale of its very existence, the World Bank admits that
its programs undermine its core economic shibboleth, economic growth.
Damning also is the collapse of the obedient “developing nations”
of Southeast Asia and Latin America, as well as the failure of the command-capitalist
South Korean regime (the only country ever to graduate from third to first
world status). The evidence has accumulated to the point that, for those
familiar with it, there is little further to be discussed. The holy trinity
of export/trade/growth is exposed as a manipulative fraud and each new
invocation of the dead and absurd promises of development — that
it will bring peace, heal the environment, or end poverty —is more
transparent than the previous. The economic and political system promoted
by globalization is not only morally bankrupt, but no longer credible
in economic practice.
This book is a guide intended to familiarize interested parties with the anti-globalization movement and to provide direction for further research and exploration of the “movement of movements”. Because many exhaustive analyses of the machinations of globalization have already been written (you have probably read several of them) and because this book is focused on the resistance to globalization, this introduction will provide only a rudimentary review of the basis for opposition.
welcome to the revolt against
The first section
is a history of the formative threads of the revolt. This history deflates
the myth that the movement began in the Global North (the first world)
in 1999 at a protest in Seattle. It traces the impetus of the current
movement emerging from the Global South (the third world, postcolonial
nations, or majority world) in a struggle underway for nearly two decades
prior to Seattle.
section summarizes movement manifestos. While not exactly points of consensus,
these are widely shared. Again, you will notice that most of the important
manifestos were forged in the Global South. And you will notice that they
take for granted neither the inevitability of globalization, nor the desirability
of modernization, nor the forms of freedom pursued by postmodernists.
This section presents these manifestos with respect and without external
ideological litmus tests.
The third section
examines the major controversies in the movement, both ideological and
strategic. Some of these are well known outside of the movement, others
are not. Some are high-profile debates, others are subterranean conflicts
yet to be actively addressed.
The last section introduces some of the most popular tactics of collaboration. The movements are diverse, dispersed, and incredibly creative, so this is only a small sample of some of the more visible tactics. Please be aware that this tactical discussion is very basic and should not be used as a training manual, campaign blueprint, or activist handbook. (Please do seek out some training.)