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(en) Britain, London, eyond ESF: 5 Days & Nights of Anti-Authoritarian ideas and action Background

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Date Sat, 9 Oct 2004 14:31:41 +0200 (CEST)


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Our involvement in the social forum discourse started when we were
asked to participate in the first London Social Forum [LSF] in October
2003. The LSF had taken a critical position towards the various leftist
parties (like SWP and their front-group Globalise Resistance) on the way
they had dominated the ESF mobilising process. It was clear to us that
there were progressive attempts by ex-leftists and academics to go beyond
the hierarchical characteristics of their previous involvement in politics
and engage with the rise of anti-capitalism and its subsequent radicalisation.
Their approach to us (an anti-authoritarian direct action group) to
participate was a step forward, although because of our experiences with
other social forums (Genoa and the ESF project) we were more than a bit
skeptical. It at least meant that we were engaging with other parts of a
movement which we had previously been hostile to. During this initiative
we came into contact with a lot of people who had a passion to organise
using consensus and collective decision-making processes, something
which in the past had only existed within the anarchist/anti-authoritarian
direct action movement. Though their methodology was different, the
experience educated both 'sides'.

With the ESF coming to London in October 2004, seen by the left as 'the
next step for the anti-capitalist movement', we feel it is important to make
clear our position and analysis about the ESF. Instead of just being
against the way it has been organised (like a commercial rock concert or
trade expo), we have sought to analyse the socio-political role of the
WSF-ESF, its constituents, its birth and its danger for those who have
been radicalised through the various mobilisations and confrontations of
the past five years.

Together with this analysis, we have attempted to pull together the
various strands of the movement to help organise autonomous spaces in
London during those days. This process to define the autonomous
processes is still ongoing, with some components just wanting to reform
ESF and others, like us, wanting to go beyond the boundaries of it and
continue the radicalisation to a revolutionary perspective. We ask for the
participation of all in this discourse.

Related links

Back to the main Beyond ESF page
http://www.wombles.org.uk/auto/index.php


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