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This article was not initially written for the Russian audience. It became a result of many years’ critical analysis of economy, ecology, politics and patriarchal character of “world capitalist system” and its dependence on technology. This world system however includes socialism, since socialism/communism, like their successors, operate on the same scientific, technological and nature destructive basis of the international “industrial system”, which was formed in Europe during the Modern Times, and since then has been distributed and “globalized” as the modern civilization in the course of “progress and development”. Therefore, the author’s criticism of “neo‑liberalism” as a modern ideological and political form of world capitalist system cannot drive the reader to the conclusion that every criticism of liberalism in today’s Russia has the same content. On the contrary, the author stands for abandoning the industrial system in all of its political versions, until it destroys the entire planet. It equally applies to such countries as Russia and China. The only virtual alternative to the industrial system in modern world are southern, usually autochthonous, or formerly colonized societies existing at present mostly in Latin America, striving to break with contemporary civilizations of the North, i.e. the West and the East, and, as far as it is possible, really break their ties with them. Moreover, this article was first published in German as early as in 2007, and then translated into English and Spanish. Many people evidently found in it the explanation of the modern world situation, and so, it was proposed to the author to publish it in other languages as well. For this reason, the text was amended with such changes occurring in the world as numerous new wars, “terror” as a new form of Western policy, as well as the US attempts to establish the New World Order via agreements about supposedly “free trade” (TTIP, TPP, CETA and TISA). The article was written after the open panel discussion on the “Alternatives to Neo‑liberal Globalization”, attended by Ferdinand Lacina, former Austrian Minister of Finance, who then was at the head of BAWAG Bank and now supervises the National Bank of Austria, Ewald Nowotny and me. The discussion was held within the framework of “Vienna Lectures”, during the Dellinger Symposium in the Chamber of Labor (Vienna, Austria, May 21, 2005).
globalization, neoliberalism, alternative, autochthonous societies, world capitalist system