TWO MEETINGS yesterday discussed the future for the anti-capitalist movement.
The first saw Raffaella Bolini from Italy and Chris Nineham from Britain discuss the way forward for the ESF.
Chris Nineham told the meeting, “Our movement is having a huge impact on people and it is now possible to talk about a real alternative. Our influence has now entered the mainstream. This can be seen through the enormous popularity of films like Fahrenheit 9/11, Supersize Me and the Motorcycle Diaries. Neither should we underestimate the impact we have had on the establishment. Our strength helped to deepen the splits in parliament in the run up to war. We have to extend our influence even further and the ESF provides us with the opportunity to do this. In order to make full use of the ESF, we have to get away from the idea that the ESF is a neutral space—it should be a radical space.”
A second debate saw speakers discussing the relationship between politics and the movement. Alessandra Mecozzi, an Italian trade unionist, talked about the new politics forged in the Italian working class movement by the struggle.
Pierre Khalfa from Attac France discussed how the movement needs new strategies, based on participatory, rather than representative, democracy.
Christine Buchholz from Germany talked of the recent increase in industrial struggle sparked by government attacks on welfare provision.
Contributions from the floor showed the common ground our movement has now achieved internationally. Speakers from Austria, Greece, Ireland and other countries talked of the centrality of the war and the need for continuing ideological debate.