activist joined the Another World is Possible! Network in Budapest,
for an afternoon of discussion ranging from the war in Iraq, social
movements, the media and the corporate agenda, to consumerism as a tool of
social control. The video of the debate can be downloaded in english from
professor and political activist, was the guest speaker of the Another World
is Possible! Network in the Kossuth Club, Budapest. The video of the debate
can be downloaded from www.lehetmasavilag.hu/chomsky.html
Over the two hours, Chomsky delved into the ideology of the New World
Order, placing the onus on local activists to get organised and deal with
the issues important to them - while keeping the movements decentralised
and egalitarian. When asked for a bit of 'optimism', he referred to the
Social Forum movement as being an example of how the system is not going
unchallenged and, while stressing the essential importance of the Social
Forum movement,he also raised controversial questions relating to the basic
democratic nature of the process.
Other issues covered include..
- How can disorganised, decentralised movements take on the centralised
power of the multinationals and political elites?
- What is George Bush's agenda with 'the New Europe'?
- What hope for democracy?
- How does consumerism act as a tool of public control?
- What tactics can the local - global movements use to effect real change?
- How does the mainstream media frame our view of the world?
Another World is Possible! Network, Hungary