Next month, the 2nd U.S. Social Forum will take place in Detroit. Here is some space for creative economic thinking:
The US Social Forum (USSF) is a movement building process. It is not a conference but it is a space to come up with the peoples’ solutions to the economic and ecological crisis. The USSF is the next most important step in our struggle to build a powerful multi-racial, multi-sectoral, inter-generational, diverse, inclusive, internationalist movement that transforms this country and changes history.
We must declare what we want our world to look like and we must start planning the path to get there. The USSF provides spaces to learn from each other’s experiences and struggles, share our analysis of the problems our communities face, build relationships, and align with our international brothers and sisters to strategize how to reclaim our world.
The biggest challenge I see is that these groups need a theory to justify their actions and positions on political, economic, and social issues. Neoclassical economic theory, the dominant theory in the U.S., will not fill this role. Other theoretical positions do exist, but they need to be re-thought and updated for our current economic and ecological crisis. This is the challenge for the current generation. Where is the theory behind these positions? Only then will the movement find broader success.
For those in Michiana, there is a group organizing transportation if you are interested in attending.