This sixth annual State of Power report examines the cultural processes that are used by corporations, military and privileged elites to make their power seem 'natural' and 'irreversible'. It also explores how social movements can harness creativity, art and cultural forces to resist and to build lasting social and ecological transformation.
The rural communities in the Västernorrland county of Northern Sweden are not used to being in the national spotlight, but in 2017 their struggle to stop cutbacks in maternity and emergency care made national news. What are the lessons for all those involved in building counter-power in rural areas of the Global North?
Susan George, who was vice president of ATTAC France, recounts a difficult year for the organisation following the manipulation of the elections for its board. Thanks to the persistence of some people, George among them, it was proven that the elections were rigged and needed to be re-run. The newly elected board gives the organisation a fresh start.