1st Edition

Unity on the Global Left Critical Reflections on Samir Amin's Call for a New International

Edited By Barry Gills, Christopher Chase-Dunn Copyright 2021
    180 Pages
    by Routledge

    180 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book brings together a collection of essays by progressive global activists in response to Samir Amin’s call for a new global organization of progressive workers and peoples. Amin’s proposal is applauded, criticized and reformulated by these scholar-activists who are all proponents of ways forward toward a more egalitarian world society.

    Samir Amin, a leading scholar and co-founder of the world-system tradition, died on August 12, 2018. Just before his death, he published, along with close allies, a call for ‘workers and the people’ to establish a ‘fifth international’ to coordinate support for progressive movements. Amin, an Egyptian economist, was an intrepid intellectual and organizer of popular movements whose scholar activism provided inspiration to the global justice movement. The essays in this volume are by other prominent scholar activists who praise, critique and reconfigure Amin’s proposal in order to help humanity confront the contemporary crisis of global capitalism and move toward a more egalitarian global society.

    The chapters in this book were originally published in the journal, Globalizations.

    1. In search of unity: a new politics of solidarity and action for confronting the crisis of global capitalism

    Barry Gills and Christopher Chase-Dunn

    2. Climate justice and sustained transnational mobilization

    Paul Almeida

    3. Samir Amin and the challenges of socialist transformation in senile capitalism

    Carlos Eduardo Martins

    4. The twenty-first century revolutions and internationalism: a world historical perspective

    Sahan Savas Karatasli

    5. On Samir Amin’s call for a Fifth International

    Valentine M. Moghadam

    6. The rational kernel within Samir Amin’s mythological shell: the idea of a democratic and pluralist world political party

    Heikki Patomäki

    7. World revolution or socialism, community by community, in the Anthropocene?

    Leslie Sklair

    8. Race-class-gender articulation and the Fifth International

    Biko Agozino

    9. Forging a diagonal instrument for the global left: the vessel

    Rebecca Álvarez and Christopher Chase-Dunn

    10. Truncated 21st-century trajectories of progressive international solidarity

    Patrick Bond

    11. What is to be done? The importance of Samir Amin’s answer

    Radhika Desai

    12. The fifth International: international or global?

    Owen Worth

    13. Carrying on Samir Amin’s legacy

    Boris Kagarlitsky

    14. Sweeping the world clean of capitalism: Samir Amin, Abdullah Ocalan and the world of autonomous regions

    Andrej Grubacic

    15. Needed: a new international for a just transition and against fascism

    Francine Mestrum

    16. Capital has an Internationale and it is going fascist: time for an international of the global popular classes

    William I. Robinson

    17. On heeding the lessons of the past and adapting them to the present: a strategy for an effective Fifth International

    Michael Tyrala

    18. Eurocentrism, state-centrism and sexual self-determination in the construction of a global democratic organization

    Teivo Teivainen

    19. Rethinking Samir Amin’s legacy and the case for a political organization of the global justice movement

    Bonn Juego

    20. Building a new international is necessary and urgent

    Carlos Serrano Ferreira

    21. The kick off

    Mamdouh Habashi


    Barry Gills is Editor in Chief of Globalizations journal and Founding Editor of the Rethinking Globalizations book series (Routledge). He is a member of the Global Extractivisms and Alternatives Initiative (EXALT), and the Peoples Sovereignty Network.

    Christopher Chase-Dunn is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Research on World-Systems at the University of California, Riverside, USA. He is the author of Social Change: Globalization from the Stone Age to the Present (with Bruce Lerro) and Global Struggles and Social Change (with Paul Almeida).