Speech delivered at the opening plenary session of the 111th Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Washington State Convention Center, August 19, 2016

By Walden Bello

Six years after the advent of the global financial crisis, and with no end in sight, one would have expected that global capitalism would be in a serious state of disarray.  Yet neoliberalism, while discredited, retains its hold on policymakers as a default ideology.  Finance capital has been able to roll back the initial attempts to re-regulate it in Europe and the United States.  And Washington and Brussels have resumed their aggressive efforts to create multilateral free trade regimes.

Talk at Conference on “Towards an Ecological and Socially Just Transition to the Next Economy,” Edge Funders Alliance, Berkeley, CA, April 30, 2014

Let me thank the Edge Funders Alliance, especially Mark Randazzo, for inviting me to this conference.

Let me place my coming remarks in context, and the global context has among its key features the following:

This living document is a result of an extensive process led by the Social Movements for an Alternative Asia (SMAA), Gerak Lawan, La Via Campesina and the supporters of the #EndWTO Campaign. A draft document was written and circulated online before the #EndWTO Week of Action parallel to the 9th Ministerial of the World Trade Organization in Bali, Indonesia last December 2013.


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