Debates Articles

Debate on the Future of the WSF

Following the first "Global Day of Action", which took place on January 26th, and after 7 years of existence, the World Social Forum is in debate. Read and participate in the debates >>>    The World Social Forum  at the Crossroads by...

The Economist Debate Series: Freedom and its digital discontents

24 March 2008

Walden Bello was invited to participate in the Economist’s Debate Series on "Freedom and its Digital Discontents." The proposition of the debate was “By intervening to regulate business and financial risks, governments have made things worse.”

The full debate can be accessed at The Economist.

Walden Bello's comments:

Central planning and market freedom: manifestations of the same fundamentalist mindset

There are two doctrinaire positions that have proved singularly
destructive over the last half century. One is that the government
riding herd on the economy is the way to go. The other is that the
market is always right.

E-mail Debate: Do Corporations Rule?

September 2005 As part of the BBC's Who Runs Your World? series, the BBC News Website asked two experts to debate whether global corporations are the most powerful beasts in the jungle.

The Prague Castle Debate

Held on 23 September 2000 at the time of the WB-IMF annual
meeting in Prague, the Prague Castle debate featured an interface
between representatives of civil society (Walden Bello, Ann Pettifor of
Jubilee 2000 UK, and Katarina Liskova) and the leadership and representatives of the
World Bank and the IMF (World Bank President James Wolfensohn, IMF
Managing Director Horst Köhler, global financier George Soros, and
South African Finance Minister Trevor Manuel, chair of the joint
IMF/World Bank Board of Governors). The debate was chaired
by Mary Robinson, the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner and
former President of Ireland, and sponsored by Czech President Vaclav

The following is an edited
composite version of Walden Bello's interventions
during the debate.

The Prague Castle Debate

I would like, first of all, to thank President Havel for staging this debate today, and President Robinson for...