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(en) zabalaza #4 - "The vision thing: were the DC and Seattle protests unfocused, or are critics missing the point?" - by Naomi Klein (Extracts)

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Date Sat, 28 Jun 2003 06:50:15 +0200 (CEST)


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"So how do you extract coherence from a movement filled with
anarchists, whose greatest tactical strength so far has been its
similarity to a swarm of mosquitoes? Maybe, as with the Internet
itself, you don't do it by imposing a preset structure but rather by
skilfully surfing the structures that are already in place. Perhaps
what is needed is not a single political party but better links among
the affinity groups; perhaps rather than moving toward more
centralisation, what is needed is further radical decentralisation."

Klein takes on the critics who complain that the new movement
lacks a unifying vision, but rather only targets, to which she
answers that we should be thankful: "At the moment, the
anti-corporate street activists are ringed by would-be leaders,
anxious for the opportunity to enlist them as foot soldiers for their
particular cause." Klein sees the possibility of something truly new
emerging, rather than repeating the unworkable centralised
movements of the past...

Taken from a review of a Naomi Klein article
by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortizgoes. The essay was first published in
the July 10,
2000 issue of the Nation.


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