Profit for capital is guaranteed at the price of stagnation and growing inequality among the small minorities. This is a system that fatally engenders poverty, unemployment, and exclusion, often on a continental scale. Faced with these plans to pursue liberal globalisation, which does not concern the people at all, we must independently develop our own proposals for alternatives, based on social struggle which only the victims of the system can lead.
A discussion of the options given by neoliberalism and goals beyond: Values; Property; Democracy. The dangers of false deregulation and the degradation of democracy. A plea in favor of a globalization of the social struggles.
The proponents of globalization appear sometimes to invest the whole process of globalization with a quasi-religious status. They claim that resistance is futile.
The "free market" does not bring about a just economic equilibrium in a world of grave social, political and economic inequalities. Capitalistic selfishness of individuals and companies, raised to the level of a supreme principle of public policy, does not promote true liberation of humans from selfishness, hatred and delusion, but rather worsens the human condition almost everywhere.
Against the oppression and arrogance of the powerful, the outlines of a new world are being drawn. In this world, citizens and workers will decide on the distribution of wealth and the organization of work.
The International Economic Forum met every year for almost twenty years at Davos, Switzerland, to re-orient the world economy according to the interests of capital. They have expropriated life, and the right of the poor to basic living. Their priorities do not take account of the living conditions, needs, aspirations and capabilities of some 5 billion human beings, but are exclusively concerned with the interests of the social groups which own the property and control decision-making regarding the allocation of the planet’s resources.
The poor countries are poor not so much because they lack natural resources, but because their resources are being taken by others, often at very low prices. Since we are bombarded daily by the mass media with news and views on the economy and economic policies, it is necessary to be trained to demythologize the orthodoxies claimed by economists, academics, policy makers and media programmes,
The World Economic Forum met in Davos at the end of January and simultaneously some sixty people met in Zürich (from 27th to 31st January 1999), called together by a number of interested organizations. The result was a critique of the current world economic order along with proposed alternatives.
A consideration of various claims about ‘Asian values’ made in relation to the East Asian human rights debate. 1. A challenge to the claims for exception from important international human rights standards made in the name of “Asian values.” 2. The offering of a special version of liberal constitutionalism as a proper domestic venue for contemporary human rights and values discourse in East Asia.
There is a need for the social struggles to be globalized, for a reorganisation of the economic systems, for new ways of commercial interdependence and for monetary and financial interdependence.