The fattest fat cats in the world are coming to New York City for the World Economic Forum (WEF). In this special feature, Socialist Worker looks inside this exclusive club for the bosses, interviews leading global justice activists Dennis Brutus and Eric Toussaint and makes the case for an alternative to their sick system.
Protest the global fat cats
Microsoft mob boss Bill Gates will be there. So will General Electric job cutter Jack Welch. George W. Bush can't make it because of a "scheduling conflict," but Secretary of State Colin Powell will represent the administration.
Brutus: "We're exposing how corporate power works"
"For the world at large, it's important to expose the WEF and its connection with the WTO and the others--to show how corporate power works," says Dennis Brutus, South African poet, anti-apartheid fighter and leading figure in the global justice movement. "When we get to the WEF, we've gone past the facade--we're really at the festering sore."
Toussaint: "The IMF model is totally bankrupt"
"We have a crisis of neoliberalism in Argentina and on the world scale--the bankruptcy in Enron, the slowdown in the world economy and the massive offensive of capital against labor," explains Eric Toussaint, author of Your Money or Your Life.
Exclusive club for bosses
"Committed to improving the state of the world." That's the slogan of the World Economic Forum. But a more honest one would be: "Committed to plundering the world for the superrich."
The alternative to their sick system
Tens of thousands of Argentinians took to the streets at the end of last week in the first major demonstrations since mass protests toppled two governments in December. The unrest showed the continued anger of Argentine workers and the poor at harsh free-market policies.