Trump can only be beaten by a fairer economy and a better society


09 November 2016

We have woken up this morning to the most shocking news. An extreme nationalist has won the US presidential election on a campaign filled with racism, misogyny and hatred.

This is a very frightening day, first and foremost to people of colour and other minorities living in the United States. We express our solidarity with them, and urge them to stay strong and united through this nightmare.

But we need to do more than mourn. This election result is the consequence of decades of ‘market knows best’ economics, through which ordinary people have been valued only for their ability to make the richest richer still, and everything we value has been turned into a commodity to be traded in the global marketplace.

Inequality has soared to unprecedented levels, communities have been hollowed out, their voices marginalised, the planet is being pillaged and burnt – all in the name of profit. And when, in 2008, this system was demonstrated to be utterly unsustainable by the collapse of the banks, the poorest were forced to pick up the tab, while the super rich went about their business as usual.

Trump provides no answer to these problems. He is himself a billionaire tax avoider who flaunts his ill-gotten wealth as a badge of honour. But he has successfully played on the unhappiness and frustration of millions of people in the most despicable way imaginable. He has fuelled a wave of hatred aimed at those already marginalised and discriminated against.

That’s why the markets and elites will try to come to terms with Trump. But we cannot. We will resist everything he stands for. But we can only do that by building something better. Only in a society in which everyone has their needs met and which is built on openness, on community and on equality, can we truly defeat these ideas.

On a day like today, we can all feel weak and powerless. But by coming together we can be powerful. We’ve seen this only recently in our campaign to beat TTIP, the biggest trade deal the world has ever seen, despite the concerted efforts of an army of corporate lobbyists . And we see it in countless examples across the world from landless struggles in Latin America to those against sweatshops in south Asia and agribusiness in Africa. We win small victories every day.

We believe the humanity inside us will win out – if we stay strong, stay safe and stay together.

 >>> Join our movement

Image: David Solnit

Blog

Global sacrifice zones and why ‘we’ are not in this together


22 October 2018

This September, I had the pleasure of attending The World Transformed. All the talks and workshops I attended left me in awe of the strength, beauty, and resolve found in left-wing movements in the UK and beyond, but there was one event which really struck a chord with me.

I was given 3 minutes to tell Asian and European leaders why we need profound change

At the Asia-Europe Meeting 12 of national leaders in Brussels on 18 October 2018, civil society was given 3 minutes to present the outcomes of the 12th Asia-Europe People's Forum (AEPF), which took place in Ghent at the start of this month.

We need the people's prescription to fix pharma


19 October 2018

Our new report ‘The people’s prescription: Re-imagining health innovation to deliver public value’ reveals how pharmaceutical companies not only charge unaffordable prices for medicines, they are also not delivering the drugs we need. It’s a scandal of our time but there are alternatives to a system that puts profits above public need.