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Their Debt, Our Democracy (Leur dette, notre démocratie)

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Original Language: French | 100pp | March 2013

2 Seas Represents: Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, English (US) and English (Canada) Rights.

POLITICS | ECONOMICS

How can elected representatives under the control of the people be replaced? What prospects are opened up by the “outraged” movements which challenge the world’s oligarchies?

The European authorities and finance impose one austerity plan after  another. And they all fail. Right wing, left wing, or composed of  “technicians”, governments have but one obsession: to save the banks and reassure the markets. And yet, does public debt really come from overspending and an excess of democracy? It is no longer enough to criticize the dictatorship of financiers and the betrayal of the elected representatives: we must now construct a new democracy, in theory and in practice.

Founded in 1998, ATTAC (Association for the Taxation of financial Transactions and Aid to Citizens) is a movement for grassroots education, working at developing social, environmental, cultural and democratic alternatives in the globalization process so as to guarantee fundamental rights for all. Its diverse processes (scientific studies and books, public meetings and conferences, demonstrations) have a common goal: for ordinary citizens to take back the power exerted by the financial sector over every aspect of life across the world.
ATTAC is present in forty countries. Its work includes the organization of international events such as the first World Social Forum in Porto-Alegre in 2001.

– The latest work of the Attac movement: books of popular education to break away from a certain economic reasoning and get a better understanding of the world.