Zapatismo

An A-Z of the “global justice” movement

A is for ATTAC

The biggest “movement for another globalisation” in France, which has a large international network. It has a considerable overlap with official politics, for example in the French Socialist Party. But some revolutionaries are active within it.

ATTAC France was launched in June 1998, following a call for an “Association for the Tobin Tax for Aid to Citizens” in the December 1997 issue of the magazine Le Monde Diplomatique. It now has more than 30,000 members, and other national ATTAC groups tens of thousands. For Tobin Tax, see T, below.

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Change the World Without Taking Power - The Meaning of Revolution Today

Subcommandante Marcos

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Paul Hampton
"John Holloway's dismissal of the Marxist theory of the state is also too hasty. Working-class movements for radical change in Chile (1973) or Poland (1980) that did not seek power were smashed by the states they faced..."

This is a provocative book that has been widely read in the global justice movement. But I think it is deeply flawed, tossing aside valuable ideas that can help orientate today's activists.

Holloway argues that people start out in politics because we hate the oppression and exploitation in the world around us. Holloway calls this "the scream". He describes us as "flies caught in a web of social relations".

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Who are the anti-capitalists?

The anti-capitalist movement exploded onto the world political scene in Seattle two years ago. There is very little material available on the development of the constituent parts of the anti-capitalist movement. Many commentators say Seattle “just happened”.
In fact the movement seems to have different roots in different parts of the world. In the USA three streams converged at Seattle.

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