By William F. Fisher, Thomas Ponniah
Another international is feasible is the unique selection of essays and calls for from the guts of the ‘movement of movements’. in keeping with the paintings of the 1st annual conferences of the WSF, this vintage assortment not just set out the preliminary goals of the hobbies that got here jointly, it additionally lead the way for the theoretical research of latest social pursuits, their a number of and participatory personality. this day, as many crises impact all our lives, it's time to revisit the unique calls for of an international cohesion move, united in its decision to struggle opposed to the focus of wealth, the proliferation of poverty and inequalities, and the destruction of our earth, and to reconstitute a world left.
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This active engagement in global or transnational arenas stems from two contradictory aims: one is the desire of some civil society groups to be part of the global governance process; the other is the determination of many groups to protest and resist. 2 It is tempting to see transnational networks as a new kind of imagined or invented community. But to refit the trope of community to span the spatially discontiguous connections and solidarity that characterize transnational activist networks, we need to ask what is entailed in new kinds of imagining, or, specifically, in the imagining of a transnational activist community.
Over the months of the internship Thomas had the privilege of listening to and talking with a number of the activists and intellectuals involved in the Organizing Committee and the International Council. He circulated summaries and analyses to them and received many insightful clarifications, comments and critical questions. He also had the opportunity to listen in on many of the debates that took place within the International Council. In solidarity, we dedicate this book to a more just, democratic and sustainable world and to the Organizing Committee, the International Council, and activists like Dennis Brutus, who aspire to it.
A counter-hegemonic discourse encompasses a resistance discourse: it constitutes a new form of radical subjectivity by demonstrating that what was previously construed as a neutral relation THE REINVENTION OF DEMOCRACY 13 of subordination, simply as horizontal difference, is really a hierarchical relation of oppression (Laclau and Mouffe 2001: 152). However, a counter-hegemonic discourse also demonstrates how that hierarchical relationship can be subverted, made horizontal, by pursuing a larger collective project – that is to say, it offers a visionary discourse.
Another World is Possible: Popular Alternatives to Globalization at the World Social Forum by William F. Fisher, Thomas Ponniah