Beyond the World Crisis: Alternatives and Transformation Paths to Overcome the Regime of Crisis-capitalism

The World Crisis and Beyond - Conference Reader
Brussels Perspectives - Conference Declaration

The development of globalised capitalism has led to a systemic crisis that threatens the regions of the world in different ways – as financial crisis here, as food crisis there, as climate and environmental crisis, crisis of production and democracy. Never before governments have tried to intervene on such a heavy scale in order to stabilize the system, and never before regulation strategies were discussed to such an extent worldwide. Above all, contradictions between North and South have strongly increased because of the effects of the crisis and the current strategies for ways out.

At the same time these multiple crises of the capitalist world economy give the left the unique opportunity to discuss and promote ideas of transformative steps and social alternatives. One of the key questions is whether we already find ourselves in a transitional society. If so: Which conditions for a post-capitalist world do already exist and what are our responses to this development?

Left activists and movements all over the world are dealing with the different aspects of the world crisis, and reflect the impacts on their country or region. The causes of the crisis as well as its various forms have been analyzed to a reasonable extent already. But what are the possibilities to establish alternative development paths, what are initial steps for change and what are the regionally specific forms of resistance to a restoration of crisis-capitalism? Moreover, what are the necessary strategies that have urgently to be implemented to save living conditions for mankind in the long run?

With our conference we want to bring together experts from all regions of the world to debate ways out of crisis-capitalism from a distinct left perspective. The structure of the symposium will be the following: In the opening event on Wednesday, October 28, we are going to present the ideas of the conference speakers to the public. Two days of roundtable working sessions on Thursday, October 29, and Friday, October 30, will be dedicated to the specific topics related to transformation and alternatives. On Saturday, October 31, we would like to work on a joint declaration expressing the major findings of the symposium and proposals for change – the “Brussels Manifesto”. Afterwards, on Saturday afternoon and on Sunday, November 1, the World Forum for Alternatives will hold a special meeting open to all participants of the conference. Working language of the conference will be English.

Organisation: Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Brussels, in cooperation with World Forum for Alternatives and TNI
Language: English