One hundred and fifty years ago Marx and Engels produced the Communist Manifesto. This ended with the stirring words "Workers of all lands unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains. You have a world to win!" Although this slogan inspired generations of unionists and socialists, the internationalism turned into nationalism, the worlds won did not loosen the chains and even the worlds themselves were lost.
This book examines the past internationalism of labour and socialists and the present one of the new radical-democratic social movements (such as womens movements and feminism). It argues for a new global solidarity that relates to a radicalized, globalized, informatized and complex capitalist modernity. This new internationalism addresses multiple global social problems and democratic movements. It both learns from the social theories of today and provides a necessary complement to them.
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Peter Waterman is a scholar-activist, formerly at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands.Review:
"This is a rare book by a rare scholar. Peter Waterman has devoted the last thirty years of his life to studying the ways in which and the degree to which social movements have been truly international. He believes that most of the so called internationalism preached by the movements and analyzed 'by the scholars has really been simply the cumulative story of a series of national movements.' He wishes it were otherwise. . . . As I read the book, I could only cheer Peter Waterman on. He is right on the mark on issue after issue."—Immanuel Wallerstein, Development and Change
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