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Introduction: ‘We’ has been there before

I began thinking about this book in the summer of 2006, when what had been a

great wave of excitement over the stirrings of the global multitude was in process of

being dammed up by World Bank-defined practices of ‘global governance’, as well

as overdetermined by the near-parliamentary politics of altermondialisme.2 Three

decades after so-called ‘IMF riots’ in Cairo, Lima, Kinshasa and elsewhere first drew

attention to popular resistance against the ways and consequences of neo-liberal

globalization, less than a single decade after anti-WTO protests in Seattle raised the

spectre of a global uprising, it could be sensed that a long springtime of popular agi-

tation against the new world order of transnational capital was coming to some sort

of an end.