World Bank opposes Shell?

Bryan A. Alexander bnalexan at umich.edu
Tue Aug 29 23:37:38 MDT 1995


Whoa! Chris, what an idea!  Have the left seize the WB? ideologically?
This needs explication, or at least a laugh track.  Please go ahead.



Bryan Alexander
Department of English
University of Michigan
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On Sun, 27 Aug 1995, Chris Burford wrote:

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> From: "Bryan A. Alexander" <bnalexan at umich.edu>
> Date: Fri, 25 Aug 1995 18:10:08 -0400 (EDT)
> Subject: Re: TNC's 2 - Shell - Brit/Dutch
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> Curious: the World Bank opposing Shell...
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> Chris B:
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> Only if you are of an anarchist outlook as a matter of principle
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> Seriously though (not least because I think your posts on Yugoslavia
> are pretty on the ball in their observations) - it is not quite that
> the World Bank was opposing Shell but that it said something that
> Ken Saro-Wiwa could quote.
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> There is a global civil society emerging and the World Bank cannot
> ignore issues of pollution without losing credibility.
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> Actually Ben Fine (author of "Rereading Capital") says some of their more
> recent reports have progressive aspects to them although the main position
> is still neo-classical monetarist.
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> Actual defenestration of the governers of the World Bank
> and IMF is not the essential point of global revolutionary struggle,
> enjoyable though the thought experiment might be. (Unfortunately
> they would probably just take early retirement).
>
> It *is* an attainable goal ideologically to capture the World Bank and the
> IMF from hard line neo-classical positions within 10 years. And it is
> urgent.
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