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Are we Corporate Puppets?

July 5th, 2005

At the Make Poverty History march, the speakers insisted that we are dragging the G8 leaders kicking and screaming towards our demands. It seems to me that the G8 leaders are dragging us dancing and cheering towards theirs.

George Monbiot in The Guardian today. Unfortunately he’s right, and I’ve been torn by this for the last few days. The mobilisation and awareness raising that the MPH march created throughout mainstream campaigning groups, churches, NGOs, and youth groups in the UK has been phenomenal, and I find it hard realising that getting people out into the streets saying ‘we want an end to poverty’ can be a bad thing. But there is a problem. Our very presence in Edinburgh, asking the G8 leaders to make poverty history, has legitimised the G8 as an international decision making body. By failing to shout loudly about the fundamental reasons why poverty exists – namely the power of corporations, and the neoliberal policies being shoved down the throats of African countries by eight white men – we left the entire Make Poverty History campaign completely open to co-option by the politicians responsible for perpetuating the structures that keep poverty a reality.

Make Capitalism History

The G8 is not, has never, and will never be about solving the world’s problems, it is an elite club of the eight richest most powerful nations in the world getting together to further their own interests, and the interests of the global corporations to which they are puppets. That’s why thousands of activists are still here in Scotland, not content to march and then go home, but rather determined to shut down the G8 summit.

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