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Thursday, January 26, 2012

On When Two Polarities Meet - The Forums

It's that time of the year again.

That's right. That's when two polarities, in warp and woof, meet in vastly different parts of the world to talk about Economics. Namely: The World Economic Forum - an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas - on one hand; on the other, the World Social Forum (WSF) - an annual meeting of civil society organization which offers a self-conscious effort to develop an alternative future through the championing of counter-hegemonic globalization. This year with the theme "Capitalist Crisis - Social and Environmental Justice."

The second was first held here in our neck of the woods, Porto Alegre,  way back in 2001 and is just about starting with some UN big shot up on the podium blah-blahing on how to bring food to the poor, and the first, is to begin tomorrow in the snowy, money-reeked (i swear there's no pun here) Davos in Switzerland.

The second one with young people coming from far and wide to set up camp along the banks of the Guaíba lake, now shimmering with the baking sun and, with their hearts full of hope and idealism, with the absolute certainty that another world is possible; the first one, with old people in swanky abodes and what not, in snow-clad chalets to meet and find ways on how to reaffirm their hegemony.

You see, those polarities will continue eternally. Meawhile, we watch the news on TV and shake our heads at what we see.

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  1. Have you ever taken two magnets and tried to push them together? Well, this too smacks of the magnets repelling each other.
    great post


  2. I was relieved to see your blog when I clicked on it. The pic you used and which appears on my blog roll looks the same as the one used by blogger when they or the blogger takes down a blog.

  3. Thanks, Guys! Raulito, two magnets! you got it. Sean, i did try to change the "Paim" name to the original English "Paine" but it was like starting another blog. Thats when i realized i had to revert to the old one and, bingo!, there you were!

  4. Well said Mauro. Wish it was not so.

  5. Thanks, Kyle. If ever we could get those two polarities to meet halfway, wouldn't it be great? But then, there are pies in the sky.