Friday, 24 June 2011

Global Fascism, Revolutionary Humanism and the Ethics of Food Sovereignty

by Raj Patel, Development, 2005, 48(2), (79–83)

Social movements struggles against neo-liberalism are always both global and local. Resources to fight this ‘global fascism’ on the ground can be found in a mix of the anti-colonial humanist writing of Frantz Fanon, and in the ethical thinking of Alain Badiou. Rajeev Patel argues that both thinkers ask activists to undertake a critical self-reflective engagement as part of the broader political struggle struggle. He looks at how a framework for this kind of global and local reconstruction has been applied in the fight for Food Sovereignty declared by the international peasant organization Via Campesina. 

KEYWORDS social movements; Frantz Fanon; Alain Badiou; Karl Polanyi; democracy; Via Campesina

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