The main function of economy is to contribute to the blossoming of all the people by ensuring material well-being and dignity. It is the reason why we consider it necessary to question the contemporary capitalist system. Never has humanity disposed of so many resources and technical means for resolving the problems of survival and well being.
Over nearly 20 years, neo-liberalism has continued to score points, but now the wind is changing, and it is our responsibility to make this change as visible as possible and to make it the focal point of a counter-offensive. The counter-offensive must be developed on practical and concrete issues, and also on the larger field of social alternatives to the disaster of neo-conservative counter-reforms.
Humankind is in the ghastly grip of soulless forces, moneyocracies incorporated, and cannibalistic philosophies which validate satanic values and apotheosize social anathemas like violence, vulgarity and intoxicated hedonism. A new debate must begin on human rights-oriented economic policies where every person and his dignity matters.
The overall impact of globalization is to incorporate all the peoples of the world into one single world unit for production, consumption, trade and investment, information flow and culture. The processes of globalization is technological, economic, political, socio-cultural and religious — all linked together. It is the visible force and migration laws of the superpowers that keep the land-hungry people away from the empty spaces of the world which were occupied in the days of colonial expansion.
There are several objectives of the “Other Davos:” 1. To hear the voices protesting the structural injustices of the current economic system; 2. To raise awareness that we can plan the future differently, laying down networks, sharing information and expressing solidarity of action.
A critique of the model of society imposed on us, a model whose sole vision is of a merchant society, individualist and socially unjust and, above all, cynical. Some alternatives to some of the models for society are suggested.
There is as yet no power able to deal with the major structural changes that are required for justice in the world, so that all persons may have what they need for decent human existence, existence that the modern world has ample means to provide.
The author suggests the formulation of development paradigms which are alternatives to globalization.
Transcriptions of video recordings concerning the “Other Devos” made by Frank Millo and Victor Cohen-Hadria, during the meetings in Zurich and Davos, Switzerland, held on January 28-29, 1999, with statements and responses made to journalists during a press conference in Davos, January 30, 1999.
The origin of what can be defined as neo-liberalism, as distinct from strict classic liberalism of the past century, is examined. Some lessons can be learned for use by the left.