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06 December

Independence Day

[World Social Forum] 

Dear C.,

thank you for the sign of life. I look forward to reading your comments on my little Spinelli-inspired essay.

Maybe we can meet and discuss over a cup of tea in Nairobi during the WSF?

You seem to apologise for what you wrote eight years ago about markets and politics. Don't. I think you were on the right track already then.

Besides, considering that you are in your early thirties, eight years may seem a longer time to you than to me, who is in my late fifties.

In the past, I used to take a negative stand to the whole EU project, which seemed a very natural thing to do for a Finnish leftist, but the French NON in May 2005 forced me to go deeper and seek after the original ideas. I learned that those ideas had grown out of the experience of the two European world wars of the last century - that the EU is, essentially, a peace project.

Unfortunately, the original project has not been completed, and all too often capitalist economism and Western imperialism have been allowed to replace the original content.

Thus the recent decision of Tony Blair and his associates to renew and modernise the British nuclear arsenal - and of Jacques Chirac & Co to maintain and modernise the force de frappe - reveal the persistence of imperialistic and racist attitudes among the European political leaders. They continue to reserve for themselves the option to "exterminate all the brutes" (Joseph Conrad).

Unfortunately we, the peoples, are co-responsible for the criminal deeds of our leaders.

What we need in the coming months and years is a restauration and innovative continuation of the Spinelli Project from the 1980ies. Whether Attac can play a leading role in that necessary process remains to be seen. However, the existing political parties are (voluntary) prisoners of their respective national states. They are not capable of initiating the necessary transformation of the international system; they are indeed the bearers of the system that must be transformed. Therefore, transnational movements of citizens - like Attac - will have to play key roles.

Today Finland celebrates its 89th year of Independence. That might be one of the reasons why I have bothered you with these very general remarks.

All the best.

- Mikael

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