World Social Forum and the trap of "Civil Society"

Carlos Eduardo Rebello crebello at
Sun Feb 3 21:12:31 MST 2002

> Date: Sun, 3 Feb 2002 21:05:34 +0200
> From: "Patrick Bond" <pbond at>
> Subject: Re: Re:World Social Forum and the trap of "Civil Society".
> - ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Carlos Eduardo Rebello"
> >Who are the people now receiving the benefits of the
> > spotlights in Porto Alegre? Moth-balled specimens of the most empty
> > postmodern social democracy and their Brazilian counterparts.
> The MST? Our Soweto comrades who are risking life and limb for their
> anti-neolib struggles against the ANC government? Who do you mean?

Yes Patrick, they are there- as by the way the should - as they are in other
foruns. But that does not alter in a single iota the _overall_ political
significance of the event, that has been now throughly instrumentalized by
French Social-Democracy, the moderates of the PT, and other which represent
the most hollow and noxious kind of "Left" possible.


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