World Social Forum

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Paul Krugman, Nobel Laureate in economics 2008 and one of the sharpest critics of the evolution of the world economy, recently wrote in an editorial in The New York Times that the next three to four months will be possibly the most important in the history of United States. I would add that perhaps the most important for the future of all humanity. It is the moment to define the course of things. Suddenly, humanity is seen before the question that she had a huge resonance in the World Social Forum in Belem: how to build a society in which all can live together, including, in this small and already old planet nature?. The issue is too serious to be left solely in the hands of economists. In what affects everyone, everyone has the right to demonstrate and help you decide. In the media intellectuals grows convinced that the paradigm of Western modernity, now globalized, has come into crisis by own exhaustion and implosion effect. It is similar to a tree that has come to its climax and then falls fatally by having exhausted its vital energy.

So, say your name, capitalism has reached its end in a double sense: as a realization of its virtualities and end as final term and death. Logically if we continue the internal discussions of groups organized by the UN – with notable names like Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate in economics, and others – to think about alternatives to the crisis, we realize the general perplexity. The tendency is to resuscitate a dying man with the neo-keynesianismo, soft form of neo-liberalism, with a more organic presence of the State in the economy. Others try to the route of the ecosocialism very present in the WSF in Belem. It is a promising choice, but still it has not, to my way of seeing, the turnaround that implies a new conception of the Earth as Gaia and the overcoming of anthropocentrism, also giving citizenship to the nature.

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