Globalization, Social Movements and the New by Peter Waterman

By Peter Waterman

One hundred and fifty years in the past Marx and Engels produced the Communist Manifesto. This ended with the stirring phrases "Workers of all lands unite! you don't have anything to lose yet your chains. you could have a global to win!" even though this slogan encouraged generations of unionists and socialists, the internationalism changed into nationalism, the worlds received didn't loosen the chains or even the worlds themselves have been lost.

This booklet examines the previous internationalism of labour and socialists and the current one of many new radical-democratic social routine (such as womens pursuits and feminism). It argues for a brand new worldwide harmony that pertains to a radicalized, globalized, informatized and intricate capitalist modernity. This new internationalism addresses a number of worldwide social difficulties and democratic activities. It either learns from the social theories of this present day and offers an important supplement to them.

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Despite its limitation to the German language, this was intended to be an international Marxist journal and it attracted contributions from leading Marxists in France, Britain and elsewhere (Haupt, 1986; Institut fur Marxismus-Leninismus, 1986: 86). The Different Levels of Internationalist Activity In understanding classical internationalism it is necessary to distinguish at least between the internationalism of the class, the national organizers and the theorists. Some idea of the range of attitudes between levels within the labour movement can be gained from consideration of European mineworkers.

He argues for a social development from the first type to the third, and for the second form to be increasingly articulated with the third rather than subordinated to the first. The creation of such a labour movement would be a challenge not only to new social movements (that sometimes talk as if no one worked for a living any more), but also to unions that consider that work is only what is done for wages. The answer to the second question is that whilst I could have contrasted labour with ecological or human rights internationalisms, these are 'issue' rather than 'subject' internationalisms, directed to 'life' rather than 'emancipation' issues.

Allowing for a Multiplicity of Contradictions, Subjects, Movements In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries both liberalism and socialism have been simplifying, serializing and reductive, whether in terms of a standardized voting citizen or a class-conscious proletarian. Contemporary globalized capitalism is capable of simultaneous standardization (the 'world car') and of at least consumptive variation ('niche products', 'glocalization', local or ethnic advertising). Progressive forces are learning that it is variety and variation that provides for survival capacity in times of rapid and continuing global change, and that this kind of variety relates not to 'consumer choice' but to human and ecological creativity and adaptability.

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