WSF, Participatory Budgets...
pbond at wn.apc.org
Sun Feb 3 23:57:25 MST 2002
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From: "Derrick O'Keefe" <sankara83 at hotmail.com>
> It seems we're in pure agreement on this point. So, is it sterile to
> criticize the participatory budget, or is it sterile to wax poetic about
> glorious participatory budget of Porto Alegre whenever one is asked about
No, but it'd be more convincing if you had comrades in the P.A. favellas to
make the point, agreed? (I'm always accused of substitutionism by the way,
as a white petit-bourgeois radical nailing ANC neoliberalism.)
> >Anyhow, it's a good time to take a look at this whole international
> >scene. Comrade Louis used to just write it off as a wank a couple of
> >ago, before Seattle.
> Great idea. And I think we need a merciless criticism of all things
> existing, including all NGOs existing.
Yes, we're using chapter eight ("NGO's in the Service of Imperialism") in
the 2001 Petras/Veltmeyer book *Globalization Unmasked* to great effect here
in SA and Zimbabwe.
> For instance, the Council of Canadians and their spokesperson Maude Barlow
> have constantly
Yeah, until April 2001. Then she was radicalised by QC protests and by July,
when I met her for the first time at a Vancouver conference ("Blue Planet"),
she was trying to bring together the best radical critics of privatised
water from across the world--and succeeding marvelously. I don't have my
report on that conference handy (it's at http://www.zmag.org, coauthored
with Karen Bakker)... but you'll see that she's moved on a long way from
mere nationalism. No, she's not a Marxist leader. But the direction she and
her water-sector allies are heading towards, is where all Marxists should
be, I'd assert (apologies--a pre-advert for a new book on the topic coming
out very soon: *Unsustainable South Africa: Environment, Development and
Social Protest*--some of our work in this area is at
> promoted the idea that the biggest problem was that
> governments at all levels were losing power to *foreign* corporations.
> our "democracy" was being eroded. Anything but to explain the reality
> our governments and the imperialist system were THE problems.
Ok, come to Jo'burg for the World Summit on Sustainable Development, August
2002, and help us make that very point, comrade!
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