by Tom Mertes
A Movement of Movements charts the strategic thinking behind the mosaic of movements currently challenging neo-liberal globalization. Leading theorists and activists - the Zapatista's Subcomandante Marcos, Chittaroopa Palit from the Indian Narmada Valley dam protests, Soweto anti-privatization campaigner Trevor Ngwane, Brazilian Sem Terra leader Joao Pedro Stedile, and many more - discuss their personal formation as radicals, the history of their movements, their analyses of globalization, and the nuts and bolts of mobilizing against a US-dominated world system.
Explaining how the Global South and the experience of indigenous peoples have provided such a dynamic and practical inspiration, the contributors describe the roles anarchism and direct democracy have played, the contributions and limitations of the World Social Forum at Porto Alegre as a coordinating focus, and the effects of and responses to the economic downturn, September 11, and Washington's war on terror. Their statements, at once personal and visionary, offer a dazzling new insight into the political imagination of the global resistance movements.
With contributions by Walden Bello, Jose Bove, Bernard Cassen, David Graeber, Michael Hardt, Naomi Klein, Subcomandante Marcos, Bhumika Muchhala, Trevor Ngwane, Njoki Njehu, Chittaroopa Palit, Emir Sader, John Sellers, Joao Pedro Stedile, and Immanuel Wallerstein.