The assaults of agribusiness and monopoly capital against the lives of the peasantry and the poor are met with resistance across the world, from India to Brazil to South Africa. The impact of what Indian journalist P Sainath calls the ‘corporate takeover of agriculture’ has destroyed the lives of millions of farmers across the world; in India alone, well over 300,000 farmers have committed suicide because of the policy-driven agrarian crisis. This assault is met by the bravery and determination of organized movements of the poor and peasantry. Earlier this year, 50,000 farmers descended on India’s financial capital, Mumbai, where they forced the right-wing government to meet some of their demands. In South Africa, shack dwellers fight to build their confidence in their struggle against a heartless system. In Argentina, people’s movements fight a spiral into indebtedness under the watch of President Macri and the IMF, which threatens their current and future ability to drive their own policy decisions.
In the Ruins of the Present traces the challenges posed by globalization and what these challenges produce for our society. The first attempt to address the problems of globalization was neo-liberalism. It failed. Next came cruel populism, which expresses itself in narrow, hateful terms. It will also fail. The Left is weak – decomposed by globalization. The need of the hour is for the Left to recompose itself, to become a vital force for a fragile humanity.
Globalisation and Its Alternative lays out Samir Amin’s assessment of the concept of globalisation as well as his concept of ‘de-linking;’ that is, for the Third World to compel imperialism to accept its conditions and to be able to drive its own policy. Amin’s perspective helps us understand the current crisis of capitalism and imagine a world based on a multi-polar, internationalist people’s agenda, rather than one driven by global capital.
For six months, Argentina has been confronted with a new economic and social crisis on a massive scale. In the context the devaluation of local currency, rising inflation, and a deep recession, Mauricio Macri’s administration struck an agreement with the IMF, marking a major shift in the country’s future. The agreements slash public spending and prioritize the repayment of debt, among other measures. This dossier examines the different dimensions of the crisis, the open disputes, and the possibilities for the immediate future.