Farewell to the 'End of History': Organisation and Vision in Anti-Corporate Movements

Noami Klein


For the past thirty years, a select group of CEOs and world leaders have met during the last week in January on a mountaintop in Switzerland to do what they presumed they were the only ones entitled to do, or capable of doing: determine how the global economy should be governed. We were cheering because it was, in fact, the last week of January, and this wasn't the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. It was the first annual World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil. And even though we weren't CEOs or world leaders, we were still going to spend the week talking about how the global economy should be governed. Many people said that they felt history being made in that room. What I felt was something more intangible: the end of The End of History. Fittingly, 'Another World Is Possible' was the event's official slogan. After a year and a half of global protests against the World Trade Organization, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Word Economic Forum, both major US political parties, and Britain's Labour Party--to name just a few--the World Social Forum was billed as an opportunity for an emerging movement to stop screaming about what it is against and start articulating what it is for.

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