National Sections of the L5I:

Rough Guide to the Anticapitalist Movement

Youth: majority on the streets – minority on the platforms

For five years our movement has besieged the summits of the rich and the powerful. From Seattle to Genoa we have been clubbed, gassed and even shot by the forces of order. We have our martyrs – most famously Carlo Giuliani, gunned down on the streets of Genoa. When George Bush threatened the invasion and occupation of Iraq we launched a huge antiwar movement with global demonstrations millions strong. Read more...

Transform the trade unions

Globalisation produced a crisis in the trade union movement. As privatisation and technological change opened up new industries and services, as capitalists shifted production around the world in search of ever cheaper labour, the traditional bastions of trade unionism fell one by one. New unorganised workplaces grew. Labour, social democratic and communist parties, adopted the Washington – consensus and when in government applied it as vigorously as the right. Read more...

Walden Bello

Walden Bello, executive director of Focus on the Global South, is the scourge of the IMF, World Bank and WTO. He has not only documented their record in deepening poverty and inequality, but refuses to have any truck with the idea that they can be reformed. Read more...

Susan George

Born in the United States in 1934, Susan George has been a French citizen since 1994. She is associate director of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam, and president of the Observatoire de la Mondialisation in Paris. She is also one of the vice-presidents of ATTAC, France (Association for the Taxation of Financial Transactions to Aid Citizens). Read more...

George Monbiot

In The Age of Consent – A Manifesto for a New World Order, the British journalist George Monbiot rails passionately against the manifest inequity of the present world order. Read more...

Michael Albert

Unlike Susan George or George Monbiot, Michael Albert does not defend capitalism . In his book, Parecon – Life after Capitalism he states that he wants to get rid of it entirely and replace it with a different, more just, equitable and efficient system without private property and exploitation. He calls this system parecon – a participatory economy. Read more...

Alex Callinicos

Callinicos, a leading member of the British Socialist Workers Party and secretary of the International Socialist Tendency, has published An Anti-Capitalist Manifesto. A regular speaker at World and European Social Forums his views on the direction the anticapitalist movement should take try to split the difference between the ideas currently in vogue in the movement and the principles of communism. Read more...

John Holloway

“It is not a question of real, nor even of political, interests, but of pure thoughts, which consequently must appear to Saint Bruno as a series of ‘thoughts’ that devour one another and are finally swallowed up in ‘self-consciousness’.” The German Ideology by Karl Marx (1845)

The importance of John Holloway’s writing is that it reflects and systematises a range of ideas that are influential within the anti-capitalist movement. Read more...

Antonio Negri

Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt’s Empire is a comprehensive, if dense, account of the economics, politics and culture of the present era of global capitalism. Since its publication in 2000 it has gained unexpected resonance within the anti-capitalist movement. Yet it is in its view of the nature and goals of the resistance to modern capitalism that Empire jars most completely with the world since the anticapitalist movement came into existence. Read more...

Samir Amin

Samir Amin was born in 1931, in Egypt, and largely educated in France. He has written extensively since the 1960s on issues of underdevelopment in the Third World and imperialism in books such as Accumulation on a World Scale and Unequal Development. He is currently director of the Third World Forum in Dakar, Senegal. Read more...

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