Saturday, January 30, 2010

Samir Nair on the unjustice of history

Samir Nair argues in El Pais that the last year has shown a political paradox (he talks about "the ingratitude of history"). The financial crisis has demonstrated the weakness of globalization, but the anti-globalization movement has been unable to capitalize and to build a real political response. I think the paradox is even larger than he argues: why hasn´t the world seen more social mobilization and more protests in the last year? Why are we all accepting the expansion of profits in the financial system AND growing austerity measures, when both have been the result of the programs to support the banking sector (programs that were, in my view, needed). One wonders if this is just a result of a growing structural weakness of trade unions and social movements all over the world...

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