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World Social Forum

It is time for the WSF to seriously evaluate itself and its place in the world. The movement has lost some of its radical edge over the years. Organizers have given in to some extent to the influences of government and the corporate world -- initially the group's main enemies.
The WSF attracts activists, organizes its conferences around "self-managed workshops" and promotes collaboration -- what I like to call communityship in contrast to leadership. This is a meet-up of people concerned less about doing deals than about the consequences of such deals.
When our democracies try to act on climate, trade agreements get in the way. For over 20 years, we have been fighting ISDS, the investor state dispute settlement clause in Chapter 11 of NAFTA, which allows companies to sue states over their decisions. It is a favourite tool of energy and mining companies.