Posts Tagged ‘capitalism’

Left movements and the end of capitalism

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

[Translation of an essay from La Jornada of Mexico City for January 13, 2012. See original here and the article by Immanuel Wallerstein referred to here.]

by Raúl Zibechi

The current world crisis is breaking the planet up into regions in such a way that the world system is approaching an accelerating disarticulation. One of the effects of this growing regionalization of the planet is that political, social and economic processes do not manifest themselves in the same way in all parts of the world and divergences are produced – bifurcations perhaps, in the future – between the center and the periphery.

For anti-system forces this global disarticulation renders the design of a single and unique planetary strategy impossible and makes attempts to establish universal tactics useless. Although there are inspirations in common and shared general objectives, the different paces shown in the transition toward post-capitalism and the notable differences between anti-systemic subjects work against generalizations. (more…)

Brazil: The corporate priority of conquering lands

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

An interview with Oswaldo Sevá

[Translation of an interview from Brasil de Fato for Feburary 25, 2011. See original here.]

By Spensy Pimentel and Joana Moncau

An engineer with a doctorate in geography, Professor Oswaldo Sevá has been one of the principal allies in Brazilian universities of the social movements in their struggle against large development projects, like hydroelectric plants, mines and highways. These are efforts that he, in his courses at the Universidade de Campinas, calls “current conflicts of primitive accumulation.” The struggle he is most involved in currently is against the Belo Monte mega-plant on the Xingu River, a paradise of bio- and socio-diversity in the middle of the Amazon, now threatened by that project, which dates from the times of the civilian-military dictatorship and was resumed and brought up to date by former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Since the ‘80s, Sevá has been publishing studies critical of the project, demonstrating its faults and inconsistencies. In the following interview, the professor shows that the current scenario of socio-environmental conflicts has, in reality, a global significance, representing a challenge for the social movements of the entire world. And he warns, “The threat is very serious as well where intellectuals and politicians considered leftists recite prayers from capital’s missal, repeat the ideological mantras of capitalism and use their political and cultural capital to suppress critics and to make those who think independently more tractable, in order to isolate those who simply continue resisting expropriation.” (more…)

Massive protest held in Madrid against “predatory” capitalism

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Activists denounce European Union strategy of recolonizing Latin America

[Translation of an article from La Jornada of Mexico City for May 17.]

by Claudia Herrera Beltrán and Armando G. Tejeda

Madrid, May 16 – A massive and diverse demonstration made its way through the streets of Madrid today with one common purpose: to denounce the social, ecological and economic crimes perpetrated by European multinationals, which are the cutting edge of a “predatory capitalist” system. That is the belief of the organizations making up the People’s Summit, which have converged around Enlazando Alternativas [Linking Alternatives], a program meant to raise the voices of the vulnerable and marginalized of Europe and Latin America.

More than 15,000 people, by the organizers’ count, held a festive march in the Spanish capital to air a number of accusations and demands. They talked and shouted against repression in Colombia, against attacks on human rights in Mexico – specifically in Oaxaca and Chiapas – against European transnationals’ policies that damage the environment and natural resources, against the European Union’s economic practices, against international organizations’ strangling of countries through foreign debt… There were even calls for a general strike in Spain as a response to the extremely harsh adjustment plan proposed by the government of socialist José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. (more…)