“The end of the myth of development” reflected the diversity of politics and stategies to be found at the ESF.
Samir Amin, the anti-globalisation economist , argued that the economic catastrophe being inflicted on the so-called developing countries had to be understood in the context of imperialism.
The priority for the movement in Europe should be the defeat of US imperialism and support for the armed resistance in Iraq.
Ann Pettifor, from Jubilee Research UK, saw the key problem of development as that of the lack of control over international finance capital.
She argued that a new force of labour united with industry was the way to curb finance capital.
Some contributors challenged the idea that cities like London are“bubbles” in which western workers benefit from the impoverishment of the rest of the world. They argued that we need alliances between workers from the global north and south.