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An entry for the Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice. Anti-globalization Movement is a disputed term referring to the international social movement network that gained widespread media attention after protests against the World Trade Organization WTO in Seattle, WA in late November and early December Varied communities organizing against the local and national consequences of neoliberal policies, especially in the global South, connect their actions with this wider effort.
Movement constituents include trade unionists, environmentalists, anarchists, land rights and indigenous rights activists, organizations promoting human rights and sustainable development, opponents of privatization, and anti-sweatshop campaigners. These groups charge that the policies of corporate globalization have exacerbated global poverty and increased inequality.
Its own annual gathering, the World Social Forum, serves as a site for activist networking and transnational strategizing.
Movement participants have also launched campaigns targeting multinational corporations such as Nike and Monsanto, and have mobilized resistance to U. While opposing neoliberalism, the anti-globalization movement advocates participatory democracy, seeking to increase popular control of political and economic life in the face of increasingly powerful corporations, unaccountable global financial institutions, and U.
Many activists reject the label, arguing that the term falsely implies a stance of isolationism. A hallmark of the movement is its use of advanced communications and Internet technology to unite activists across borders. Leading voices in the movement express the ambition to create a global network that is as transnational as capital itself.
Neoliberal policies include privatizating public industries, opening markets to foreign investment and competition, creating fiscal austerity programs to curtail government spending, removing controls on capital flows, reducing tariffs and other trade barriers, and ending government protections for local industry.
Movement participants argue that these policies have created sweatshop working conditions in the developing world, threatened unionized jobs and environmental protections in the global North, benefited the wealthy at the expense of the poor, and endangered indigenous cultures. Because the term neoliberalism is not widely used in the U.
Many participants and theorists instead trace the lineage of the movement through a year history of resistance against European colonialism and U. Other commentators see the anti-globalization movement as continuous with the anti-Vietnam war mobilizations of the s and s, with worldwide uprisings inand with protests against structural adjustment in Africa, Asia, and Latin America in the s and s.
Their effort subsequently became a nonviolent movement for land reform and indigenous rights. The EZLN eschewed traditional models of hierarchical leadership. It used the Internet to spread poetic critiques of capitalist injustice throughout a network of international supporters.
As a rebel army seeking not to claim state power but to create spaces of autonomy and direct democracy, the EZLN both paid homage to earlier models of national liberation struggle and transformed them. Their example became an influential one for the nascent globalization movement.
Some 5, activists from over 40 countries attended.The internet is often considered a symbol of globalisation especially its capacity for transmitting ideas and capital at a global level. Along with globalisation, the internet provides opportunities as well as challenges for NSMs.
It has expanded political communications between diverse groups on a local as well as global level. In addition . Anti-capitalist movements, then, are movements of social relations.
As such they occur across a number of dimensions, both spatial and temporal. One of the key characteristics about the current movement is its immediately global nature.
The financial crisis of late gave the anti capitalism movement sudden rise, late crisis resulted in severe job losses and austerity measures creating large section of underprivileged individuals,this in turn gave impetus to subdued anti capitalist movement with Occupy movement being most prominent.
In the infancy of the Trump presidency, a new community defense network is espousing anti-racist and anti-capitalist politics to build coalitions in cities, small towns, and rural areas across America.
The anti-capitalist movement is a worldwide movement of movements of people that seek the end of capitalism with a vision that proclaims “Another World is Possible!” The protests in Seattle in may be the most famous manifestation of these movements, but these current for social change go back many years.
Perhaps the most notable feature of the Register’s output is how consistent was its perspective over the years. Consistency is not necessarily the most admirable of virtues, since it may well indicate a stubborn blindness to changes that are occurring in the world.