Final Resolution for Workshop 2
Approved by the Plenary of the ILPS First International Assembly
25 – 27 May 2001
Zutphen, The Netherlands
The socio-economic development for oppressed and exploited countries and nations and social equity for all working people
Over the past two centuries, the socio-economic development of most of the countries and nations of the world have been stunted and distorted as international trade, investment and “economic cooperation” fulfill the insatiable desire of monopoly capital from the few imperialist countries for higher and higher super profits.
And yet, while development seems terribly skewed in favor of imperialist countries, sections of the working people in these advanced industrialized countries suffer from extreme deprivation due to exploitation, unemployment and lack of social services. Their condition is different from that of the working people and indigenous communities in the oppressed and exploited countries who are displaced and impoverished due to modern colonization, but they too feel a harsh change in their fortunes.
As the crisis of imperialism intensified in the past few decades, monopoly capital has instituted new methods in an effort to soften the impact of crisis on their investments through global corporate integration and production subcontracting in order to intensify the extraction of superprofits through investment and trade. Monopoly capitalists seek to buck the falling rates of profits by wringing more profits from workers through labor flexibilization on one hand, and shaving off wages and benefits on the other. While continuing to earn superprofits from the debt burden of these countries and their own people, they have resorted to speculative activities, especially in finance, to suck off the surplus product from the financial system of oppressed and exploited countries, as well as the savings of working people in their home countries.
All these have served to intensify oppression and exploitation of weaker countries mostly from the former colonies and semicolonies. In particular, these have meant the economic and even physical displacement of farmers and indigenous communities and massive unemployment of workers, all over the world. Working class families, especially the women and children, face the horrors of destitution and misery. Displacement of workers, including the global displacement of working people as manifested in the increase in refugee and migrant labor, provide monopoly capital the opportunity to depress wages further.
Imperialist hacks have called these development globalization in order to peddle the lie of “neoliberalism” monopolists mouthing liberalist jargon in order to force open markets, remove regulations and corporatize/privatize state assets and services. Such liberalization, privatization and deregulation serve to promote and protect monopoly corporate interests nationally and globally in the light of global crisis and increased competition.
In particular, these neoliberal prescriptions force oppressed and exploited countries to throw away whatever remaining regulations and instruments for economic development and social security there are. In the industrialized countries, these reduce social services and social security to negligible levels while providing corporations increasing economic support. These prescriptions are being implemented mainly through multilateral institutions like the IMF, World bank and the World Trade Organization and such bodies as the OECD, the G7 and the United Nations itself.
The debt crises of the oppressed and exploited countries, which are the result of the imperialist extraction of superprofits through trade and investment and as interest from loans, also provide monopoly capital the leverage to force neoliberal prescriptions through Structural Adjustment Program conditionalities of the IMF, World Bank, and similar international financial institutions.
But the SAPs have been effective only for the countries which suffered from debt crises, besides having been thoroughly discredited in the past decade. The WTO now provides the most far-ranging process of liberalization and protection of corporate interests through various instruments as the TRIPS, GATS, TRIMs and AoA which are in a continuous process of being honed and expanded to improve their effectivity. Imperialists are agitating for a new round of negotiations to expand the scope of liberalization into investment, public procurement, and others. On the other hand, bilateral and plurilateral trade Agreements like FTAA, or arrangements like APEC, are being created and expanded in a frenzy of competition among imperialist powers for markets for trade and investment.
Financial speculation has brought imperialism into a level of frantic, desperate race for survival as the world reels from deadlier and deadlier crises of overproduction. But as neoliberal globalization heightens the global oligarchy’s capacity to amass diminishing super profits, it also expands, heightens and globalizes poverty and displacement among the working peoples and leads oppressed and exploited countries to economic ruin.
We activists, researchers, academics and development workers, have participated in and initiated major protest actions against imperialism and neoliberal globalization, in particular, over the last decade. We recommit ourselves to our goal to end imperialism.
Our vision is to promote genuine economic and social development on a sustainable basis for all societies based on self-determination of nations and communities and social equity for working people, and make this the objective of international trade and finance. Our vision is of a world with full employment, genuine social security and welfare, and an end to marginalization and economic displacement of sectors and communities.
In this struggle, our task is to expose and defeat the advance of imperialist “globalization”, end the policies of liberalization, deregulation and privatization, dismantle the WTO and similar trade formations, as well as the IMF and World Bank, and institute social control over the social productive capacity now controlled by monopoly corporations.
In particular, we resolve to:
Launch coordinated and anti-imperialist struggles on specific as well as general economic issues between countries as an effective instrument of solidarity in the struggle against imperialism.
Launch coordinated anti-imperialist struggles against neoliberal globalization, and in particular against the IMF, World Bank and the WTO, including centers of neoliberal policy and ideology, and link up with other movements in a broad campaign against imperialist globalization. Our campaigns, such as synchronized national actions, respect the capacities of organizations and the conditions in each country to ensure that these campaigns contribute to a process of deepening and strengthening national movements, as well as the specific situation and needs of small nations and communities.
Launch a global campaign for genuine development cooperation premised on equality, mutual cooperation and benefit among countries and solidarity among peoples, including the mobilization of solidarity and financial and other material support from anti-imperialist groups in industrialized countries to those in developing countries.
Launch campaigns and struggles for the defense of jobs and social security, social service and welfare.
Establish a Study Commission to:
- Promote the conduct and exchange of experience and knowledge on basic economic research into each of our social systems.
- Exchange information on specific struggles in our different countries as well as on international economic issues.
- Continually monitor actions and schemes of imperialism in the economic field, and provide information to members including proposals for action plans.
- Develop ILPS projects as part of action plans such as international forums and campaign materials, such as logos and posters.
- Develop and maintain a website (or specific webpages in the ILPS website) to support this work.
Immediately, launch a globally coordinated struggle against the WTO on the opening of the 4th Ministerial Meeting of the WTO in Doha, Qatar, November 9, 2001, as well as against the World Bank Annual Meeting in Washington DC on September 27, 2001.