Unity on the Global Left Critical Reflections on Samir Amin's Call for a New International
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
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
7. World revolution or socialism, community by community, in the Anthropocene?
8. Race-class-gender articulation and the Fifth International
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
11. What is to be done? The importance of Samir Amin’s answer
12. The fifth International: international or global?
13. Carrying on Samir Amin’s legacy
14. Sweeping the world clean of capitalism: Samir Amin, Abdullah Ocalan and the world of autonomous regions
15. Needed: a new international for a just transition and against fascism
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
18. Eurocentrism, state-centrism and sexual self-determination in the construction of a global democratic organization
19. Rethinking Samir Amin’s legacy and the case for a political organization of the global justice movement
20. Building a new international is necessary and urgent
Carlos Serrano Ferreira
21. The kick off