When did anti-globalization become anti-capitalism?

At previous international summits, the unruly protesters tended to be widely referred to as "anti-globalization." This time around, however, the media seems to have settled on "anticapitalist" as an umbrella term for the marchers currently bringing London to a standstill and forcing bankers to wear sneakers to work.

This is, it must be said, probably a more accurate term. Groups that use the Internet bring together marchers from all over the world to rally for interests of the global poor or global environmental issues can hardly be described "anti-globalization."

(Of course, one could point out that they'd never have access to these tools without capitalism, but that's another debate.)

So why, for the most part, do people not talk about an anti-globalization movement anymore? A few possibilities:

1. It never was an anti-globalization movement and the media's just figured that out.

2. After the Bush-era wars and the economic crash, trade is no longer a top priority for activists and the media needed a broader term.

3. The activists have gotten more radical, moving from a critique of trade and lending practices, to an objection to capitalism itself.

4. Globalization won. (See the gentleman to the right.)



Hackers hit Wen

Beijing monitors China's Internet users; Chinese Internet users monitor Beijing. Or at least hackers based in Taiwan recently tapped into a top State Council official's computer to snatch drafts of Premier Wen Jiabao's government work report and other  documents.

According to the South China Morning Post

 "The documents included comments from Politburo members who wanted to change this or that in the government report. These are regarded as top state secrets, even more sensitive than the government report itself," one source said. "Mr Wen was said to be furious when told about the case."

This happened in March, prior to Wen delivering the equivalent of China's State of the Union address at the annual meeting of the National People’s Congress in Beijing.

No secrets were revealed as to the source of the mysterious and unchanging GDP predictions, but according to SCMP, speculation based on the report did leak out and jigger global stock markets.

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