by Nils McCune and Camila Escalante, Consortium News:
Nils McCune and Camila Escalante say the meeting represents a hostile takeover of world governance by corporate forces and the billionaire elite.
The United Nations held its Food Systems Summit in New York on Thursday. Under the guise of the U.N. system, and despite sleight-of-hand language about “equal opportunities,” this summit represents a hostile takeover of world governance by corporate forces and the billionaire elite.
Today, social movements are standing up for democracy and against big capital’s devastation of their lands, farms, and communities.
The United Nations is based on the idea of multilateralism, where states seek peaceful solutions on the basis of equality and respect, replacing the colonialist institutions that preceded it.
That’s why for decades, the United States government has instead pushed for things like G-7, NATO, and other forms of control over geopolitics.
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As far-right governments have pulled back from multilateral institutions like the U.N. and the WHO, corporate actors have been moving in.
The World Economic Forum and its president Klaus Schwab have silently pushed forward the “Davos Agenda”, now re-packaged as the “Great Reset”, a vast proposal replacing traditional multilateral institutions with secretive, unaccountable bodies run by corporations and the wealthy elite.
Their “multi-stakeholder capitalism” model is based on the idea that public institutions are, by nature, inefficient.
During the neoliberal shock therapy of the 1990s, the World Economic Forum pushed the idea that corporations are more than just profit-seeking vehicles, that they could be socially responsible.
Now Davos would argue that transnational corporations are social actors, which need to be included to make decision-making truly democratic.
In doing so, Davos hijacked the gains of decades of work by popular movements to open up world governance to the demands of civil society – and did so using corporate doublespeak to further entrench elite power.
La Vía Campesina is possibly the world’s largest social movement. Made up of 200 million small farmers, peasants, farm workers, and indigenous peoples, it has popularized the idea of food sovereignty as the right of peoples to control and defend their own food systems using healthy, agro-ecological methods.