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  • European Social Forum

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    Anyone else out there coming to the
    European Social Forum?

    http://www.fse-esf.org

    Know of any good workshops?
    \"...an ape reft of his tail, and grown rusty at climbing, who yet feels himself to be a symbol and the frail representative of Omnipotence in a place that is not home.\" James Branch Cabell

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    Did you go there? What was it like? It was celebrated for being "mature" and "self-reflective" by the local right-wing newspaper, while a more radical paper described the ESF as being controlled by authoritarian communist parties and sell-out social democrats.
    You can't spell "politically correct" without "correct".

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      Well, Rymdolov, you know what: In the event I missed it because I was ill...

      However my partner went and found most of it to be neither "mature" nor "self-reflective". More of an opportunity for people to get up and rant about the problems we all know about anyway rather than suggest any new suggestions.

      The Socialist Workers Party are definitely a problem and I understand that they upset quite a few people through the way they dominated the event. We experience this locally with just about every left wing cause, so I can quite imagine.

      A lot of anarchists and hard-core anti-capitalists were also unhappy that the event was organised by Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London, who is a Labour Party member - and the entrance charge, catering facilities, etc led to the event having a corporate feel. However, I wonder how else it could have been organised - I've some sympathy for Ken.

      There were a few incidents of people disrupting meetings and shouting the speakers down. The worse example of this was when the leader of the Iraqi Federation of Trade Unions, a man who spent ten years in one of Saddam Hussein's prisons, was prevented from taking the platform by a small section of the crowd. http://www.iraqitradeunions.org/archives/000092.html

      Here's a good account from Open Democracy:
      http://www.opendemocracy.net/debates...6-91-2175.jsp#

      I understand that some of the meetings were extremely good, but with such a large event I suppose people come away with overall impressions.
      \"...an ape reft of his tail, and grown rusty at climbing, who yet feels himself to be a symbol and the frail representative of Omnipotence in a place that is not home.\" James Branch Cabell

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